Synopses & Reviews
As the first international anthology of Filipina writers published in the United States, Babaylan
reflects the complex history of a people whose roots have stretched to both sides of the globe. The voices represented in this collection offer a broad and varied perspective on the Filipina writer whose diasporic existence is a living, breathing bridge, not only between countries but also generations, as strong voices from the past fuel realities of the future. As a result, vibrant and original art, the trademark of Filipina writers perpetually emerges and evolves. With contributions from over 60 writers-both Filipina and Filipina American-Babaylan
provides readers with a comprehensive view of a growing and vibrant transnational literary culture. Challenging. Innovative. Fierce and reflective. Somber and funny. No one word can capture the extraordinary range of this collection.
"The tradition of women's writing in the Philippines can be traced back to the Pre-Hispanic Era of the archipelago where in certain communities priestess-poets called babaylan (Bisayan) and catalonan (Tagalog) held sway in the spiritual and ritualistic lives of the people. These women provided healing, wisdom and direction with morality stories, myths, poems, prayers, and chants... The closing decade of this century has brought change, a new horizon, and new stars to the constellation... The Filipinas in this anthology will continue the rich tradition of Philippine literature in English and they will contribute much to the ever-expanding vista of the American global literary sky."-from the Introduction by Nick Carbó
This anthology of fiction and poetry by Filipinas and Filipina Americans is the first anthology of its kind to be published in the United States. It includes fiction by Jessica Hagedorn, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Marianne Villanueva, Linda Ty-Casper, and Lara Stapleton. Poets represented here include Pushcart Prize-winning poet Fatima Lim-Wilson, as well as Virginia Cerenio, Maria Luisa Aguilar, and Edith Tiempo. In all, the work of nearly fifty writers is presented here, which taken together, display an impressive and illuminating range of styles and themes.
The first anthology dedicated solely to the writing of Filipinas and Filipina Americans to be published in the United States.
Fiction. Asian American Studies. With contributions from over 60 writers -- both Filipina and Filipina American -- BABAYLAN provides readers with a comprehensive view of a growing and vibrant transnational literary culture. Challenging. Innovative. Fierce and reflective. Somber and funny. No one word can capture the extraordinary range of this collection. BABAYLAN brings to the concert halls of the United States a full-bodied chorus of Filipino women's voices -- Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz.
About the Author
Eileen Tabios (born 1960) is an award-winning Filipino-American poet, fiction writer, conceptual/visual artist, editor, anthologist, critic, and publisher. Born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, Tabios moved to the United States at the age of ten. She holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College and an M.B.A. in economics and international business from New York University Graduate School of Business. Her last corporate career was involved with international project finance. She began to write poetry in 1995. In spring 2009, Tabios adopted a son.