Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Thursday, September 24, 2015



a book launch, reading, discussion addressing varied topics like activism, aesthetics and "Life as an Artist" with Eileen R. Tabios

on Friday, September 25, 2015
6-8 pm
Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall
U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

{m}aganda magazine, "the longest-running Filipino-American literary arts publication in the nation," as well as the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library sponsor this event which also serves as the official book launch for Ms. Tabios' newest book,

INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New


Eileen R. Tabios is a poet, fictionist, cultural activist, critic, publisher, editor and visual artist. She loves books, and thus has released about 30 collections of poetry, essays, fiction and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. She has also edited or conceptualized ten anthologies, including VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA, a fundraising anthology for Haiyan survivors that involved 133 poems by Filipino poets from around the world. She believes in no separation between “life” and “art.” A long-time contributor to {m}aganda, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College and M.B.A. in economics and international business from New York University’s Graduate School of Business. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com

Eileen R. Tabios’ second “Selected” poems book, INVENT(ST)ORY, focuses on the “list poem” form and presents poems written over the past 19 years. Despite the specificity of the form, the poems address a large variety of themes and styles. Covered topics include Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, mail order brides, the 200 million-plus orphans worldwide, the U.S. war in Iraq and balikbayan boxes. Poetic styles addressed include the lyric, abstraction, footnote poems and randomly-generated poetry. Poet-scholar Thomas Fink says about INVENT(ST)ORY, “In the United States, the catalog or list poem first made its appearance in the work of Walt Whitman, who himself was evidently influenced by Old Testament verse-lists. Like Whitman, [Eileen] Tabios has prioritized democratic impulses in the conscious shaping and articulation of her poetics. However, while Whitman stands as a figure claiming centrality for his American-ness and for an idea of “America,” Tabios’ transcolonial subjectivity has done much to shape her poetics.” More book information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com/poetry/inventstory-selected-catalogue-poems-new/

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