Luisa A. Igloria and Eileen Tabios are not just multi-awarded authors with numerous books. The expanse of their prolific output creates its own dimension worth exploring for its impact on the literary life. On Wednesday, November 1st at 7 PM ET, AAWW Presents Eileen and Luisa in conversation about their prolific practices.
Luisa has written (at least) one poem a day for almost 13 years to date; during this duration of her daily writing practice, she has published five books and four chapbooks (out of her total output to date of 19 books). Eileen has widened poetry’s expanse to encompass other genres and invented poetry forms that poets can use to create new poems for the rest of time. Join the conversation between these two writers as they explore the related subjects of time, scale, abundance (versus “output”), and finding what works best for their creativity and process.
Eileen R. Tabios has released over 70 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers around the world. In 2023 she released the poetry collection Because I Love You, I Become War; an autobiography, The Inventor; and a flash fiction collection collaboration with harry k stammer, Getting To One. Other recent books include a first novel DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times; two French books, PRISES (Double Take) (trans. Fanny Garin) and La Vie erotique de l’art (trans. Samuel Rochery); and a book-length essay Kapwa’s Novels. 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; 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. Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies. More information is at http://eileenrtabios.com
Originally from Baguio City, Luisa A. Igloria‘s Caulbearer: Poems (forthcoming in 2024) was selected by Black Lawrence Press for the 2023 Immigrant Writing Series Prize. She is the author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Co-Winner, 2019 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Prize, Southern Illinois University Press, 2020), The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), and 12 other books. She was the inaugural recipient of the 2015 Resurgence Poetry Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by a panel headed by former UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. She is a Louis I. Jaffe Professor of English and Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Old Dominion University, and also leads workshops for and is a member of the board of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. During her appointed term as 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-22), Emerita, the Academy of American Poets awarded her one of twenty-three Poet Laureate Fellowships in 2021, to support a program of public poetry projects. For more than 12 years (since November 2010), she has written at least a poem a day. www.luisaigloria.com
This event will be auto-captioned by Zoom. ASL Interpretation is provided by our friends at Pro Bono ASL.
Event Image Description: Atop a light pink background, decorated with bright lavender and pink shapes and a wavy neon green line, is bold plum text that reads, “ON BEING PROLIFIC: IN CONVERSATION WITH EILEEN TABIOS & LUISA A. IGLORIA,” above the portraits of the two Filipina writers. On the left, Eileen is smiling into the camera, wearing red lipstick and clear oval glasses frames. On the right, Luisa is wearing a button-up blouse and is against a leafy green background. She has dark hair and is looking up at the camera. Below it in smaller plum text reads, “November 1, 7pm ET · Online · ASL & Auto Captioning Provided · RSVP at aaww.org/events.” At the bottom of the graphic is a white border with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s black logo and organization name spelled out.