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 1, 2016


I've long secretly wanted to be published by Tinfish Press, which focuses on experimental poetry and prose from and related to the Pacific. So I'm delighted to announce that Tinfish has just released my chapbook, EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME.  Here's the publisher's book description:
An interview, a long poem and a visual poetry exhibition—these comprise EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME, an innovative and multi-layered poetry investigation by Eileen R. Tabios. Among its layers are discourses on identity and authenticity, the perils of the form of (auto)biography, Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law dictatorship, colonialism, her self-avowed “Babaylan Poetics,” the indigenous Filipino trait of “kapwa” and orphans, the non-binary of lyric and experimental poetries, and her invention of the diasporic form “hay(na)ku,” as well as a long poem resulting from the poet’s Murder, Death and Resurrection (MDR) Project and a reference to her visual poetry project “DON’T CALL ME FILIPINO. The cover features a front cover with a cut-out revealed into an artistic rendition of the star from the Philippine flag.

More information is at

Tinfish Book Page (including ordering information at $10)


my Website.

Thanks to editor and curator--and marvelous poet--Susan Schultz! And brilliant designer Jeff Sanner!


If anyone would like a review copy or exam copy for this or any of my other publications, contact me at galateaten@gmail.com

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