BLUE comes to The Library of Congress!

Please join us at The Library of Congress on September 18th at 12 PM as Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda read from their recently published work, BLUE. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at The Library of Congress Shop.

Jacket2‘s review: “The book reads not unlike a fairytale. Its lyrical verse and fantastical illustrations create a backdrop for discovery as well as longing. As a blue heart chases blue eyes, a story unfolds, and we cannot help but fall into its rhythm.”

Click here more information about BLUE.

Jacket2 on Manhattan and Blue!

Manhattan: An Archaeology, Eileen R. Tabios (Paloma Press, 2017)

Though titled Manhattan, this collection is not about the city so much as the people who inhabit a “make-believe” location of cultural moshing. Continue reading here.

Blue, Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda (Paloma Press, 2017)
St. Jo and Grefalda excel in describing the nuance of a color… Continue reading here.

Marawi by Albert Alejo & Eileen Tabios

Poems by Albert E. Alejo & Eileen R. Tabios
(text in English and Filipino)
Out of stock

This project was conceived in support of relief efforts in Marawi, Southern Philippines. As of June 9, 2017, a total of 252,638 people have been displaced by the armed conflict in the region (Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center).


On Aug 5, 2017, at 3:11 PM, Gantala Press wrote:

Thank you very much for this! This is one of the biggest pledges we’ve received 🙂 We are so excited to hold Laoanen on the 12th. Yesterday we interviewed one of the speakers, Ms Samira Gutoc, the former assemblywoman who has now been very active in campaigning for the end of Martial Law in Mindanao. She shared really harrowing stories about young women and babies dying and the rise of psychological issues among the evacuees. Also stories of online harassment of her by trolls and followers of the president.

If you need an official receipt Ma’am, kindly advise so I can ask one of our partner organizations/recipients to issue one to Paloma Press.

From: Gantala Press
Date: August 14, 2017 at 12:44:48 AM PDT
Subject: Laoanen: Women Stand for Marawi

Dear Friends,
We are very happy to share that the Laoanen: Women Stand with/for Marawi Information & Fundraising Drive held on August 12 at Fully Booked – Bonifacio Global City was a huge success!

Ninety (90) students, teachers, artists, community workers, and concerned citizens showed up for the film screening and women’s forum, filling the venue to capacity.

We received donations worth Php 76,500.00 from ticket sales and pledges from various individuals and groups here and abroad. The fund will be distributed to the following partner organizations: Modern Nanays of Mindanao, The Moropreneur, Inc., Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (Northern Mindanao Region), and Ranao Rescue Team. The money raised will be used to help:

run a 120-day feeding program for evacuee mothers and/or breastfeeding women;

support the provision of healthy kitchens and safe spaces for women and children evacuees from Marawi;

host volunteers for the distribution of relief goods and other services to evacuation centers in Iligan;

and advocate for the creation of humane and culture- and gender-sensitive evacuation centers for the Maranao people and campaign for the end of Martial Law in Mindanao.

Thank you again for being part of Laoanen and standing with/for women and Marawi! Standing with one, we stand for the other.

Yours in peace,

Babai Women’s Network:
Gantala Press, Inc.
Jovenes Foundation, Inc.
Gabriela Network of Professionals (G-Net)
Filipina Pen & Ink
Feminista PH
Me & My Veg Mouth
Saltwater Cinema
and concerned individuals

Manhattan: An Archaeology

MANHATTAN: An Archaeology
Poems by Eileen R. Tabios

Paloma Press (San Mateo & Morgan Hill, CA)
Release Date: Fall 2017
Pages: 128
Price: $40 (price before discount)
Contact: Aileen Cassinetto at editor [at]

Paloma Press, an independent literary press established in 2016, is pleased to announce A SPECIAL OFFER for the press’ second poetry collection, MANHATTAN: An Archaeology by award-winning poet Eileen R. Tabios. The book’s release price is $20, a 50% discount from its retail price of $40.

Distributor: Paloma Press

MANHATTAN: An Archaeology presents Eileen R. Tabios’ latest innovative approach to poetry-making. In this book, she uses a diverse set of “artifacts” to excavate a version of New York City’s historical birthplace. Artifacts include the unexpected and the ineffable to create a city only she can imagine—while they include a pearl necklace, piece of pineapple skin, yoga mat, black sateen, and bullet, the “objects” for perusal also range over moonlight, “withheld forgiveness,” and duende. The result, too, is unexpected and ineffable: Poetry that delights and intrigues. Some receptive readers will wake from the book missing something they hadn’t realized they missed, longing for something they hadn’t realized they desired.

In archeology, we sift through distances to locate ourselves in these elapsed fragments. Here in Eileen R. Tabios’ new book, Manhattan is our test pit, and Clyfford Still stabilizes the walls adding to

     the grace of the make-believe city.

Tabios employs many selves and their debris as her diagnostic artifacts. She lays these items on the table of the first poem, and continues to examine them as subsequent pieces sumptuously unfold, each relic luminous under view, chatoyant. Manhattan becomes the reliquary to hold the past under Tabios’ ecstatic mastery, also the side of the pool to push off from into other worlds, also the ruined stage set of a past self.

     to transcend your context
     —yet again— 

Tabios’ book is an exquisite form of personal forensics and resurrection.
Anne Gorrick, author of THE OLFACTIONS: Poems on Perfume

Eileen Tabios’ prolific architectonics creates a megalopolis of myriad images, towering as iconic artifacts, graphic as ecstasy. From ziggurats to echoes of flamenco, urban demographics to undulations of body language, the poet strips and strews words from a vocabulary of fabrics. Gestural volubility is unleashed to camouflage the adoration of mischief. Hers is the infinite spin of a world-whirling dervish.
Alfred A. Yuson, author of The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen


Newsworthy (June 2017)
Review by Jacket2 (July 2017)
Review by Joey Madia (August 2017)
Review by T.C. Marshall (August 2017)
Review by Grady Harp (September 2017)
Review by Zvi Sesling (September 2017)
Review by Neil Leadbeater (July 2018)

Eileen R. Tabios has released about 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in eight countries and cyberspace. Inventor of the poetry form “hay(na)ku,” she has been translated into eight languages. She also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 12 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as served as editor or guest editor for various literary journals. More information is available at

MANHATTAN takes the stage!

“As long as she writes, [reviewers] will review…” Eileen Tabios reads from MANHATTAN: An Archaeology at the 4th Annual Filipino American International Book Festival in San Francisco. Eileen Tabios reading from “MANHATTAN” at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco

Jacket2 on Manhattan and Blue!

Manhattan: An Archaeology, Eileen R. Tabios (Paloma Press, 2017) Though titled Manhattan, this collection is not about the city so much as the people who inhabit a “make-believe” location of cultural moshing. Continue reading here. Blue, Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda (Paloma Press, 2017) St. Jo and Grefalda excel in describing the nuance ofContinue reading “Jacket2 on Manhattan and Blue!”


BLUE by Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda
Illustrated by Wesley St Jo 

Copyright © C. Sophia Ibardaloza and Remé Grefalda
Release date: April 2017
Pages: 44
Price: $17 (before discount)
Perfect-bound Paperback
Full Color Interior
0.29 lbs 6×9 inches
Distributor: Paloma Press

Paloma Press is delighted to announce the release of BLUE, a poetry collaboration by Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda.


Advance words from Eileen Tabios:

Never mind fairy tales! Reality can offer enchantment! As in BLUE’s unique tale of the luminosity in a pair of eyes expanding to blue the world with all the shades and nuance of a color that’s apt for many things literal or metaphorical: sky, sorrow, the ocean, sunlight, a telephone, “some yesterday tune,” and “belonging obviously to you” …
Eileen R. Tabios

Literary Aficionado 
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WESLEY ST. JO is an artist and writer based in Morgan Hill, California. Her work has been featured in various online and print media including the anthologies, Finding God (Anvil, 2009) and A Taste of Home (Anvil, 2008).

REMÉ GREFALDA is the author of baring more than soul and The Other Blue Book: On The High Seas of Discovery, and co-authored a Ford Foundation report, Towards A Cultural Community: Identity, Education and Stewardship in Filipino American Performing Arts. She is the recipient of the Philippines Palanca Award for her full length play, In the Matter of Willie Grayson, produced and staged at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

BLUE at the Library of Congress!

The authors of BLUE read whimsically before a rapt audience! (The Mary Pickford Theater, 9/18/2017) “America’s Sweethearts”