Monday, September 25, 2023



Today, I'm honoring Filipino American writer EILEEN R. TABIOS.

Eileen R. Tabios has released over 70 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers headquartered in 10 countries and cyberspace. In 2023 she released the poetry collection Because I Love You, I Become War; an autobiography, The Inventor: A Transcolonial Poet’s Autobiography; and her first flash fiction collection, Getting To One (in collaboration with harry k stammer). Other recent books include a first novel DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times; two French books, PRISES (trans. Fanny Garin) and La Vie erotique de l’art (trans. Samuel Rochery); and a book-length essay Kapwa’s Novels. In 2024, her books include KalapatiLeon, Danton Remoto’s Filipino translation of DoveLion (University of Santo Tomas Press).


Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku, a 21st century diasporic poetic form; the MDR Poetry Generator that can create poems totaling theoretical infinity; the “Flooid” poetry form that’s rooted in a good deed; the monobun, a monostich-based poetry form; and a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences, which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry.

Translated into 12 languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. She also has worked as a literary and art critic, and is the founding editor of the review-based journals The Halo-Halo Review and Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Review Journal). Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies. More information is at




 Read also: 

Excerpt from Eileen R. Tabios' INVENTOR

Philippine Literature: Filipino and Filipino American Literary Figures

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