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.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


I was delighted to be part of this Festival!

Oct. 7, 2017
San Francisco Public Library

I participated in a "Hot Off the Presses" Reading as well as moderated a panel on "Ekphrasis" featuring authors reading works inspired by Filipino-American artists. During the day, I was present at the PALH/Paloma Press/Meritage Press Table at the Book Fair.

Hot Off the Press Readers: Gemino Abad, Aileen Cassinetto, Merlinda Bobis, Barbara Jane Reyes, Roberto Flor, moderator Cecilia Brainard, Eileen Tabios, and Janice Sapigao

Paloma Press and I also officially launched MANHATTAN: An Archaeology at the FilBookFestival as well as introduced LOVE IN A TIME OF BELLIGERENCE for a fundraiser for Puerto Rico relief. HERE is a video of my reading. And here are some readers:

Here's info on panel:

PANEL: Word + Image: Filipino American Art as Inspiration
Moderators: Eileen Tabios and Janna Añonuevo Langholz
Ekphrasis, typically defined as a literary response to a visual work of art, can be valuable to the work of a writer both as a creative exercise and as the impetus for a complete poem or prose piece. During this session, artists from The Filipino American Artist Directory will introduce slides of their art and writers will share their crafted responses.

Panelists include the artists Carlo Ricafort, Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Pam Ybanez, Daniel Ballesteros, and Janna Añonuevo Langholz. Represented writers include Jonel Abellanosa, Aileen Cassinetto, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Veronica Montes, and Eileen Tabios.  Jean Vengua’s art also will be featured.

As an ekphrasis project, REPRODUCTIONS OF THE EMPTY FLAGPOLE also was distributed to attendees of the ekphrasis panel. Here are more photos of the artists and attendees:

A good day!

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