Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Dredging For Atlantis

For more info: Mark Young at mhcyoung@gmail.com

Poetry by Eileen Tabios
ISBN-13: 978-0-9775-6044-8
Release date: November 2006

Small Press Distribution (SPD)
Amazon.com (as of 2007)
Prices: $10.00 from Lulu.com; $14.95 from SPD & Amazon.com

Otoliths (Rockhampton, Australia) is pleased to announce the release of Eileen Tabios' latest poetry collection, DREDGING FOR ATLANTIS.

EILEEN TABIOS' publications includes 14 poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, and a short story book.  DREDGING FOR ATLANTIS, her 11th print poetry collection, extends a unique body of work for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism.  Here, she introduces her translation of the painterly technique of scumbling to create poems from other poets' words.  From other writers' texts, she also extracts sequences of the hay(na)ku, a poetic form she inaugurated on June 12, 2003  to mark the 105th Anniversary of Philippines' Independence Day from Spain, its three-century colonizer.

In DREDGING FOR ATLANTIS, the author addresses loss: a lost country, lost memories, lost words, and lost dreams. But hope remains, and serves as the impetus for new poems.

Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry, Ms. Tabios also edited or co-edited five books of poetry, fiction and essays released in the United States.  Her poetry and editing projects have received numerous awards including the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award, The Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award in the Advancement of Human Rights, Foreword Magazine Anthology of the Year Award, Poet Magazine's Iva Mary Williams Poetry Award, Judds Hill's Annual Poetry Prize and the Philippine American Writers & Artists' Catalagan Award; recognition from the Academy of American Poets, the Asian Pacific Association of Librarians and the PEN-Open Book Committee; as well as grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Humanities, the California Council for the Humanities, and the New York City Downtown Cultural Council.

Ms. Tabios performs the poetics blog, "The Blind Chatelaine's Poker Poetics" and edits the journal GALATEA RESURRECTS: A Poetry Engagement while steering Meritage Press  She is the Poet Laureate for Dutch Henry Winery in St. Helena, CA where, as a budding vintner, she is arduously and long-sufferingly researching the poetry of wine.


Otoliths, based in Rockhampton, on the Tropic of Capricorn in Australia. is an independent publisher of poetry in its literary and visual forms -- separately & in combination -- from around the world that takes advantage of the opportunities offered by the web and print on demand publishing to bring out both books & the journal it is named after.

It's editor is Mark Young, a poet whose work has been appearing both in print & online for nearly 50 years.

For more information on Otoliths' publications, please go here.


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