Friday, April 30, 2004


out of April and National Poetry Month....with an Opinion piece in today's Newsday that begins:

In a TV commercial for a brand of windows, a rumpled, obviously hung-over young man is asleep in bed. Outside his room, it is spring, and the announcer unctuously intones a made- for-TV poem about the wonders of it all, while a sound track plays annoying animal chirps and gurgles. At last, the young man, with great effort, slams the window shut, silencing smarmy poem and raucous nature.

We are now at the end of April, T.S. Eliot's cruelest month, and the beginning of spring. April is National Poetry Month. But before we put away those slim volumes of verse we've been reading so diligently, let's ask ourselves this question: Why do poetry (even bad poetry, in the commercial's case) and spring always get lumped together? And even more fundamentally, why poetry at all?

Click here for entire article: http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpmci303779300apr30,0,2470757.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

Tuesday, April 27, 2004


Poetry Contest Entries must be postmarked April 30, 2004.

$1,000 Cash Prize + Book Publication

(see our website for details)

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Two Marsh Hawk readings--East Coast, West Coast. Same night.

Thursday, May 6, 20004 7:30 p.m.

In New York:
Benefit for Planned Parenthood of NY and book party for Marsh Hawk Press.

Coordinated by Corinne Robins
Introduced by Burt Kimmelman/Marsh Hawk Press
Suggested Donation $8.00
Ceres Gallery 547 West 27th Street New York 10001

In San Francisco:
will read from recent works
(mirage, Marsh Hawk Press; Separate Parts, Avec; Imperfect Fit, forthcoming, Marsh Hawk Press) as guests of the San Francisco Poetry Center at Hotel Cartwright, Union Square

Friday, April 16, 2004



A Bright Hill Press Release:

TREADWELL, NY --- At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, and as part of the organization's National Poetry Month celebration, Word Thursdays at Bright Hill Center in Treadwell will welcome poets Madeline Tiger, Bloomfield, NJ, and Thom Ward, Penfield, NY; they will read from their work after the open reading, during which all present are invited to read for up to five minutes from their own or that of another's work. Bright Hill Center is located at 94 Church Street, one block north of Route 14. Admission is $2.75; there is an intermission and free refreshments are served.

Madeline Tiger has eight published collections of poetry, most recently Birds of Sorrow and Joy: New and Selected Poems,1970 - 2000 (Marsh Hawk Press); White Owl; Water Has No Color; Mary of Migdal; and My Father's Harmonica. Her recent work appears in journals and anthologies. Prizes & fellowships include fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Columbia University School of the Arts Artist/Teacher award from Playwrights Theater of NJ, 1993. Ms. Tiger teaches in the Writers-in-the-Schools Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Programs. Born in NYC, she has lived in NJ for most of her life. She was a resident of Montclair, NJ from 1963 until moving to Bloomfield in 2000. She has five children and six grandchildren.

Thom Ward is Editor/Development Director for BOA Editions, Ltd., an independent publishing house of American poetry and poetry in translation, headquartered in Rochester, New York. In his twelve years at BOA, he has edited more than 60 collections of poetry. Ward's poetry collection, Small Boat With Oars of Different Size, was published in 1999 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Ward's poetry chapbook, Tumblekid, the winner of the 1998 Devil's Millhopper Poetry Contest, was published in 2000 by the University South Carolina-Aiken. A new collection of poems, Various Orbits, was published by Carnegie Mellon in September of 2003. Ward's limited-edition, leatherette chapbook of prose poems, Fog in a Suitcase, was published by the Picadilly Press of Fayetteville, Arkansas in October, 2003. Ward teaches creative writing workshops at elementary and high schools and through The Writers & Books Literary Center, and tutors individual students. He has given numerous poetry readings and creative writing workshops throughout the United States, and his poems have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Thom Ward lives with his wife and children in Penfield, New York.


Sunday, April 25th 6-9:30PM

247 SOUTH Main St., LA 90012

Poetry and Music
* [A reader; name to come]
* Eileen Tabios with guest performer Mary Talusan on the kulintang (gongs)
* Franklin Bruno
* The Urinals


Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 PM

Poets for Peace/RUNES Reading
Bird & Becket Bookshop—Glen Park
2788 Diamond at Chenery

Reading with Dan Bellm, Nadia Colburn, CB Follett, & Ilya Kaminsky

For directions call (415) 586-3733 or go to www.bird-beckett.com


Thursday, April 29th at 5:30 PM

Susan Terris: for NATURAL DEFENSES
Book Passage in SF
SAN FRANCISCO /Ferry Building
Come in main door. Walk straight ahead.
Bookstore is past Peets on the left,


Wednesday, May 19th: at 7:00 PM

RUNES Reading
San Francisco Center for the Book
300 DeHaro St. at 16th
San Francisco
Reading with Duff Axsom, CB Follett, Ilya Kaminsky, Kit Kennedy, & Polina Barskova

Monday, April 12, 2004


The following is a press release and invitation to the public to two events involving Eileen Tabios and her Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole!

Philippine Expressions Bookshop
in cooperation with the
Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles

cordially invite you to celebrate the Written Word
and the launching of several books by Filipino American authors.

Friday, April 23, 2004
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Philippine Consulate General
3600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90010

6:30pm - Reception
7:00pm - Panel Discussion on :
Filipinos in the Diaspora: Beyond Identity and Nostalgia.

Q & A and Booksigning to follow.

RSVP (310) 514-9139 or email: lindanietes@earthlink.net

Free and Open to the public.
Street parking available along Harvard or Kingsley.

The books are:
Women Warriors: History's Greatest Female Fighters.
By Teena Apeles. Seal Press, Seattle, WA. 2004.

Monster: Poems by Joel Barraquiel Tan.
Noice Press, Los Angeles, CA. 2002.

Behind the Blue Canvas: Short Stories by Eileen Tabios.
Giraffe Books, Manila, Philippines. 2004.

Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole by Eileen Tabios.
Marsh Hawk Press, New York. 2002.

Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas, Edited by Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio.
Calyx Books, Corvallis, OR. 2003.

We are holding the event on the eve of the ninth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books which will be held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 at UCLA Campus. The Festival is one of the largest book events in the US today. During the Festival, the authors will also sign their books at the booth of Philippine Expressions Bookshop:

# 427, Zone D, Royce Quad Mid.

Please join us in the celebration. Tell your friends. The Festival is free.

Teena Apeles is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of the nonfiction book, Women Warriors: History's Greatest Female Fighters (Seal Press, Seattle. 2004.) Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl's Guide to Enlightenment (Seal Press, Seattle. 2002), Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 (Really Great Books, Los Angeles. 2002), and in literary journals such as dlSorient and Suisun Valley Review. She has contributed contributed to several publications, including BUST, Giant Robot, LA Weekly, Audrey, Pasadena Weekly, Philippine News, Filipinas Magazine and SOMA, where she currently serves as book editor. Apeles works part-time at PEN Center USA as its literary programs director, overseeing its renowned Emerging Voices fellowship program and "Best in the West" literary awards competition.

Joel Barraquiel Tan was born in Manila in 1968. He received his BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. He is the author of Monster: Poems (Noice Press, Los Angeles. 2002) and the editor of the Lambda Award Nominated Best Gay Asian Erotica Series from Cleis Press, San Francisco, CA. 2004. His essays, fiction and verse are widely anthologized and has appeared in Q&A: A Queer in Asian America,Asian American Sexualities, On A Bed of Rice: An Asian AmericanErotic Feast, Eros Pinoy, and Flippin: Filipinos on America.

Felix Fojas is a member of PEN International and the Philippine Literary Arts Council. He holds a BA in English and Comparative Literature, and an MA in Linguistics and Literature. A former creative director in various multinational advertising agencies, he has received numerous fellowships and honors. His piece, Have Come, Am Herehas appeared in Not Home, But Here: Writing from the Filipino Diaspora edited by Luisa A. Igloria. He has published two books of poetry and a third book, The Supernatural and Beyond, is ready for publication. He lectures on exorcism, mysticism, shamanism and witchcraft.

Eileen Tabios is a poet, fiction writer, editor, critic and publisher. She has released a poetry CD and written, edited or co-edited 13 books of poetry, fiction and essays. Her most recent book is a selected prose poem collection (1996-2002) entitled Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole (Marsh Hawk Press, NY. 2002) and her first short story collection Behind The Blue Canvas was just off the press.(Giraffe Books, Manila. 2004). Forthcoming are two poetry books, Menage A Trois With The 21st Century (xPressed, 2004) and I Take Thee English For My Beloved (Marsh Hawk Press, 2005). Her other books include Beyond Life Sentences: Poems (Anvil Press, Manila. 1998); Black Lightning: Poetry in Progress (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 1998); The Anchored Angel: Selected Writings by Jose Garcia Villa (Kaya Press, NY. 1999); Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers which she co-edited with poet Nick Carbo (Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, 2000); Ecstatic Mutations: Experiments in the Poetry Laboratory (Giraffe Books, Manila, 2000); My Romance : Essays (Giraffe Books, Philippines. 2001). Her awards include the Philippines' Manila Critics Circle National Book Award for Poetry, the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award, a Witter Bynner Poetry Grant and a PEN Open Book Award. She is the founder of Meritage Press, a multidisciplinary literary and arts press based in St. Helena, CA.

Marianne Villanueva was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies in the U.S. and the Philippines including ZYZZYVA, The Threepenny Review, Puerto del Sol and The Literary Review. She has twice been a recipient of the California Arts Council Literary Fellowship, in 1993 and 2002. Her collection of short fiction, Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila, was released in 1991 by Calyx Books. The collection was simultaneously published in the Philippines, and was one of five finalists for the Philippine National Book Award in 1992. Her short story, "Silence," was shortlisted for the 2000 O. Henry Literature Prize. She co-edited the Filipino women's anthology Going Home to a Landscape. Her second short story collection, Mayor of the Roses, is forthcoming in the fall of 2004 from Miami University Press. She is an instructor in the English Department of Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, California.


Philippine Expressions Bookshop
The Mail Order Bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots.
2114 Trudie Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-2006
Tel 310/ 514-9139 FAX 310/ 514-3485

2004 marks our 20th year of service to the Filipino American community in North America. This event is part of our ongoing community outreach program.

Thursday, April 08, 2004


whose book Natural Defenses is a Small Press Review March-April Pick at Small Press Review!


Check out Juliana Spahr's Creative Writing Blog and Leny Strobel's blog for students' responses to Eileen Tabios's Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole! Eileen's book is being taught at Mills College (J.S.) and Sonoma State University (L.S.)

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