Sunday, August 31, 2014

SELECTED MERITAGE PRESS PROJECTS

(Projects listed in reverse chronological order of publication date)


PORT LIGHT: A Hay(na)ku Collection by William Allegrezza
Meritage Press Link HERE
Order through Meritage Press (MeritagePress@aol.com) and Lulu


*****


VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A Storm of Filipino Poets
Edited by Eileen R. Tabios
Meritage Press Link HERE
Order through Meritage Press (MeritagePress@aol.com) and Lulu.com


*****


DAWAC And Other Memoir-Narratives by Beatriz Tilan Tabios
Meritage Press Link HERE
Order through Meritage Press (MeritagePress@aol.com), Amazon.com  and Lulu.com


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BEAUTIFUL EYES with text by Gayle Romasanta and illustrations by Ramon Abad.  Translations by translators Carmen and Pat Romasanta
Meritage Press Link HERE
Facebook Link HERE
Order as a print chapbook through Meritage Press (MeritagePress@aol.com)
Order as an E-chapbook through LULU's account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Adobo Nation, Aug. 13, 2012

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CARLOS VILLA AND THE INTEGRITY OF SPACES, Edited by Theodore S. Gonzalves
Meritage Press Link HERE
Order through LULU Account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At International Examiner by Carina Del Rosario, Aug. 1, 2012


*****

BOUGH BREAKS by Tamiko Beyer
Meritage Press Link HERE.
Order through Meritage Press' LULU Account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Lantern Review by Monica Mody, Aug. 4, 2011
At The Blood-Jet Writing Hour: Interview by Rachelle Cruz, July 12, 2011


*****

FLUX, CLOTH & FROTH (Vol. 1 and 2) by John Bloomberg-Rissman
Meritage Press Link HERE.
Order through Meritage Press' LULU Account HERE for Vol. 1 and HERE for Vol. 2.

Reviews & Engagements:
At L'Amour Fou by Tom Beckett, Feb. 23, 2011
At A Very Small Kitchen by David Berridge, February 2011


*****

ARCHIPELAGO DUST by Karen Llagas
Meritage Press Link HERE.
Order through Meritage Press' LULU Account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 17 by G. Justin Hulog, Dec. 22, 2011
At Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, February 2011: "The 1.5 Generation: Karen Llagas's Archipelago Dust" by Abigail Licad
At Jacket2: "Kaleidoscope Reading Series report: Karen Llagas, Benjamin Bac Sierra & Brian Teare" by Stephanie Young


*****

THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT, anthology curated by Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Ernesto Priego & Eileen Tabios
Meritage Press Link HERE.
Order through Meritage Press' LULU Account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 16 by Nicholas T. Spatafora, April 5, 2011
At Galatea Resurrects No. 15 by Aileen Ibardaloza, Dec. 7, 2010
At Jean Vengua Blog, August 7, 2010 by Jean Vengua
At Butterfly Hunt, August 13, 2010 by Ernesto Priego
At Tribute-Airy Blog, August 23, 2010 by Allen Bramhall
An Ariadne Unst Review, August 29, 2010
A review by Amazon Top Ten Reviewer Grady Harp, Sept. 2, 2010


*****

HAY(NA)KU FOR HAITI
More information on this series HERE for the following Haiti Fundraiser Booklets by

#1: PARTICLE AND WAVE and FROM THE CHAIR, two hay(na)ku sequences by Jean Vengua
#2: On A Pyre: An Ars Poetica by Eileen R. Tabios
#3: Hay(na)ku for Haiti by Tom Beckett
#4: when the earth moves by Lars Palm
#5: After René Depestre’s “My Definition of Poetry”, as translated by Edwidge Danticat, with lines at the end by Lafcadio Hearn by John Bloomberg-Rissman.
#6: Mrs. Quake by Nicole Mauro
#7: Through Having Been, Vol. 1 by William Allegrezza
#8: Through Having Been, Vol. 2 by William Allegrezza
#9: blonde topography: a terse set of tercets by steve dalachinsky
#10: Drop, Portion and Assignment by Peg Duthie
#11: As I Speed to Your Place by Amanda Laughtland
#12: REBIRTH by Cynthia M. Phillips
#13: in articulate concision of appendices by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
#14:from Delicacies in FRACTUS CORPUS by Ric Carfagna (Vol. 1), Hay(na)ku-ed Translations by Eileen Tabios
#15: Last word is the poet’s calling by Aileen Ibardaloza
#16: Times in Rhymes, Ruins by Jon Curley

Reviews & Engagements:
At Tributary by Allen Bramhall, Jan. 1, 2011
At Galatea Resurrects No. 15 by Jim McCrary, Dec. 7, 2010
At Mischievoice, March 10, 2010 by Lars Palm


*****

AUTOPSY TURVY by Thomas Fink and Maya Diablo Mason
Meritage Press Link HERE.
Order through Meritage Press' LULU Account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 19 by Lucy Biederman, Dec. 17, 2012
At Galatea Resurrects No. 15 by Nicholas T. Spatafora, Dec. 7, 2010
At Galatea Resurrects No. 15 by Jon Curley, Dec. 7, 2010


*****

TRAJE DE BODA by Aileen Ibardaloza
Meritage Press Link HERE.
Order through Meritage Press' LULU Account HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 15 by Albert B. Casuga, Dec. 7, 2010
At Blood Jet Writing Hour, BlogTalkRadio, interviewed by Rachelle Cruz, July 30, 2010
At p-ramblings by William Allegrezza, July 28, 2010


*****

HOUSECAT KUNG FU by Geoffrey Gatza (2009)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 13 by Thomas Fink
At Geckos with Bristles by Kevin Killian at Amazon Reviews, May 21, 2009
At Galatea Resurrects No. 12 by Ruth Lepson


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“TINY BOOKS” FUNDRAISER FOR HEIFER INTERNATIONAL (2007-ongoing)
Meritage Press Link Forthcoming

Other information HERE on the Tiny Books Series (to date):
RANDION SCREPTS by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (2008)
(B)ITS by Joel Chace (2008)
from THE TRADITION by Juliana Spahr (2008)
SOME HAY by Lars Palm (2007)
SPEAK WHICH: HAY(NA)KU POEMS by Jill Jones (2007)
“…AND THEN THE WIND DID BLOW: JAINAKU POEMS by Ernesto Priego (2007)
STEPS: A NOTEBOOK by Tom Beckett (2007)
ALL ALONE AGAIN by Dan Waber (2007)

Reviews & Engagements:
On b(its) by Joel Chace by Ruth Lepson, Galatea Resurrects No. 12
On Steps: A Notebook by Tom Beckett at Galatea Resurrects No. 8 by Ernesto Priego
At dbqp: visualizing poetics, Feb. 15, 2008 by Geof Huth
At Poetry Scorecard, July 31, 2007 by Crg Hill
At Faux Press by Jack Kimball
On from THE TRANSFORMATION by Juliana Spahr, at Galatea Resurrects No. 10 by Jim McCrary


*****

PELICAN DREAMING: POEMS 1959-2008 by Mark Young, Selected and with an Introduction by Thomas Fink
Meritage Press Link HERE
Order through Meritage Press' Lulu Account at: http://www.lulu.com/content/1955266

Reviews & Engagements:
At Issue 217 of Landfall, May 2009 [published by Otago University Press] by Martin Edmonds
At Scoop Review of Books, October 2009 by Scott Hamilton
Magritte's Razor at Big Bridge 14, 2009 by Tom Hibbard
At JACKET Magazine 36, 2008 by Nicholas Manning
At Stoning the Devil, Jan. 7, 2009 by Adam Fieled
At Slim Windows, Sept. 10, 2008, by Tom Beckett
At Fait Accompli Blog, Sept. 10, 2008 by Nick Piombino


*****

THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. II, Co-Eds. Jean Vengua & Mark Young (2008, co-published with xPress(ed), Finland)
Meritage Press Link HERE

Other information about the anthology HERE (Hay(na)ku Blog).

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 15 by Aileen Ibardaloza, Dec. 7, 2010
At Arroyo Chamisa, May 28, 2008, by Alex Gildzen
At Blind Chatelaine's Poetics, Jan. 28, 2009, by John Olson


*****

DISAPPOINTED PSALMS, poetry by Brian Clements (2008)
Meritage Press Link HERE

Reviews & Engagements:
At P-ramblings Daily Glance by William Allegrezza, May 5, 2010
An interview at The Argotist Online
An interview at Chicago Postmodern Poetry


*****

PRAU, poetry by Jean Vengua (2007)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At p-ramblings by William Allegrezza, June 1, 2010
At HER CIRCLE by Lee Kottner
At Galatea Resurrects No. 14 by Jeff Harrison
At New Mystics, Jan. 30, 2009, by Joey Madia
At Galatea Resurrects No. 11 by Brett Duchon
At Galatea Resurrects No. 9 by John Bloomberg-Rissman
At Galatea Resurrects No. 10 by Leny M. Strobel
At Philippine News by Allen Gaborro
A review by Joan Zimmerman
An interview at E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, Jan. 1, 2006


*****

STAGE PRESENCE: CONVERSATIONS WITH FILIPINO-AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTISTS, Ed. Theodore S. Gonzalves (2007)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Our Own Voice, February 2008 by Laura Huggins
At Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jan. 7, 2008 by Ben Pimentel, Jr.
At International Examiner, 2008 by Eydie Detera
At San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2008: "Stage Presence - New book on Fil-Am artists," Pinoy Pod (podcast)
At The Filipino Express, 2008, "Celebrating the Printed Word: Young Authors Hosted at Consulate
At Philippine News, May 2008 by Allen Gaborro
At JAZZ NEWS, October 26, 2010, Review by Ron Sagye La Rue

*****

COMPLICATIONS, poetry by Garrett Caples (2007)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At PhillySound Feature #7: Garrett Caples, Aug. 30, 2009, an interview by CA Conrad
At Galatea Resurrects No. 12, May 2009, a reprinted review by Talisman by John Olson
At Rain Taxi, Spring 2008 by Kevin Carollo
At Verse Magazine, April 22, 2008 by Brian Strang
At the Village Voice, April 22, 2008 by Alan Gilbert
At Galatea Resurrects No. 11 by Brett Duchon
At Galatea Resurrects No. 16 by Jeff Harrison

*****

FRAGILE REPLACEMENTS, poetry by William Allegrezza (2007)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 17 by Allen Bramhall
At Galatea Resurrects No. 12 by Tom Hibbard
At Bookslut by Gina Myers, July 2008
At Galatea Resurrects No. 8 by Thomas Fink
An interview at 12 or 20 questions, Jan. 14, 2008


*****

DAYS POEM, VOLS. 1 & 2, poetry by Allen Bramhall (2007)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 16 by Nicholas T. Spatafora, April 5, 2011
At Galatea Resurrects No. 9 by Anny Ballardini
At Galatea Resurrects No. 8 by Jeff Harrison
An Ongoing Interview at Antic View (3-plus years now) with Jeff Harrison


*****

KALI’S BLADE, poetry (with kali martial arts poetics) by Michelle Bautista (2006)
Meritage Press Link HERE. Kindle Edition (for a mere $0.99!) HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At North American Review, May-August 2009, by Vince Gotera
At Galatea Resurrects No. 12 by Jean Vengua
At Galatea Resurrects No. 11 by Katherine Levy
At Galatea Resurrects No. 7 by Julie R. Enszer
At Galatea Resurrects No. 5 by William Allegrezza
At INN OTHER WORDS, Nov. 8, 2007, by Barbara Jane Reyes


*****

DERIVE, poetry with visual art collaboration by Bruna Mori & Matthew Kinney (2006)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At HOW2, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Summer 2008, "Ecopoetics: Drawing on Calfskin Vellum by Jane Sprague"
At Otoliths 4, Feb. 1, 2007, by Thomas Fink
At Rain Taxi by Craig Perez
At Chicago Postmodern Poetry
At Amy King's Alias, March 23, 2008, by Amy King
At L.A. Lit
At Good Reads by Oscar Bermeo
At INN OTHER WORDS, Nov. 8, 2007, by Barbara Jane Reyes


*****

UNPROTECTED TEXTS: SELECTED POEMS (1978-2006) by Tom Beckett (2006)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Boog City, 2008, by John Mercuri Dooley
At dbqp: visualizing poetics, Oct. 18, 2006, by Geof Huth
At Jacket Magazine 33, July 2007 by Carlos Hiraldo
At Jacket Magazine 34,October 2007, "The Poetry of Questions" by Thomas Fink
At Jacket Magazine 25, February 2004, Conversation with Richard Lopez
A reading report at dbqp: visualizing poetics, Nov. 5, 2007 by Geof Huth
At Shanna Compton's Blog, Nov. 27, 2006
At Galatea Resurrects No. 8 by Ernesto Priego
At Galatea Resurrects No. 5 by John Bloomberg-Rissman
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Nicholas Manning
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Fionna Doney Simmonds
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Beatriz Tabios
At Pantaloons Blog, Nov. 8, 2007 by Jack Kimball


*****

NOT EVEN DOGS, poetry & first single-author hay(na)ku collection by Ernesto Priego (2006)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
An interview at E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, January 2007
At New Mystics Review, June 23, 2009 by Joey Madia
At Word For/Word #11, Winter 2007 by Thomas Fink
At Galatea Resurrects No. 7 by John Bloomberg-Rissman
At Galatea Resurrects No. 5 by Mario Mireles
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Leny M. Strobel
At Kathang-Pinay Blog by Leny M. Strobel
At Galatea Resurrects No. 3 by Allen Bramhall


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THE FIRST HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, Co-Eds. Jean Vengua & Mark Young (2005, co-published with xPress(ed), Finland)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Other information about the anthology HERE (Hay(na)ku Blog).

Reviews & Engagements:
At Poetry Form, an anthology review by Joan Zimmerman
At Poetry Form, an interview of anthology editor Jean Vengua by Joan Zimmerman
At Galatea Resurrects No. 1 by Yvonne Hortillo
At Listen & Be Heard, Jan. 27, 2006 by Annabelle Udo
An interview with Jean Vengua at E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, Jan. 1, 2006


*****

THE OBEDIENT DOOR, poetry by Sean Tumoana Finney with reproductions of original drawings by Ward Schumaker (2005)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Fionna Doney Simmonds
At Galatea Resurrects No. 1 by Laurel Johnson


*****

PINOY POETICS: A COLLECTION OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL ESSAYS ON FILIPINO AND FILIPINO-AMERICAN POETICS, Ed. Nick Carbo (2004)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Moria Poetry by Veronica Montes
At Galatea Resurrects No. 2 by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
At Galatea Resurrects No. 1 by Abigail Licad
At Boog City, 2003 by Jane Sprague
At Philippine Star, Manila, 2004 by Juaniyo Arcellana
At Galatea Resurrects No. 11 by Aileen Ibardaloza
An interview with Pinoy Poetics editor Nick Carbo at El-Ghibli.org-Letteratura della migrazione by Elisabetta Marino


*****

THE ORACULAR SONNETS, poetry collaboration by Mark Young & Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (2004)
Free Download at Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
An interview at E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, Jan. 23, 2006
An interview with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen at An interview at E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, May 10, 2005


*****

[WAYS], poetry with visual art collaboration by Barry Schwabsky and Hong Seung-Hye (2004, co-published with Artsonje Center, Seoul)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 2 by Ernesto Priego
An interview at Here Comes Everybody
An interview at P.F.S. Post


*****

OPERA: POEMS 1981-2002 by Barry Schwabsky (2003)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
An interview at E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, May 6, 2007
At Boog City, 2003 by Jane Sprague
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Fionna Doney Simmonds
At
Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Michelle Bautista
At Galatea Resurrects No. 2 by Laurel Johnson
An interview at Here Comes Everybody
An interview at P.F.S. Post


*****

MUSEUM OF ABSENCES, poetry by Luis H. Francia (2003, co-published with the University of the Philippines Press, Manila)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At North American Review, May-August 2009, by Vince Gotera
At Galatea Resurrects No. 11 by Monna Wong
At Galatea Resurrects No. 4 by Rhett Pascual
At Galatea Resurrects No. 1 by Yvonne Hortillo


*****

ER, UM, poetry with drawings by Garrett Caples and Hu Xin (2002,out-of-print)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Boog City, 2003 by Jane Sprague


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100 MORE JOKES FROM THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, etchings-based collaboration by John Yau and Archie Rand (2001)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Galatea Resurrects No. 9 by Brian Clements
At Columbia News, “Archie Rand’s Collaboration with Poets” by Suzanne Trimel
At Boog City, 2003 by Jane Sprague


*****

“COLD WATER FLAT”, a signed etching in a numbered edition of 37 by John Yau and Archie Rand (2001)
Meritage Press Link HERE.

Reviews & Engagements:
At Columbia News, “Archie Rand’s Collaboration with Poets” by Suzanne Trimel
At Boog City, 2003 by Jane Sprague

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FALL SPECIAL! LUIS H. FRANCIA

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Meritage Press Release

FALL SPECIAL: LUIS H. FRANCIA’S RECENT POETRY BOOKS!

Meritage Press is pleased to announce a FALL SPECIAL for Luis H. Francia’s poetry books: Tattered Boat (University of the Philippines, 2014) and Museum of Absences (University of the Philippines and Meritage Press, 2003). 

In addition to Tattered Boat, Luis H. Francia is the author of other poetry collections, including The Beauty of Ghosts, Museum of Absences, and The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Language for a New Century and Love Rise Up! His poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Filipino. His memoir, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Open Book and the Asian American Writers awards. He edited Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English, and co-edited the literary anthology Flippin’: Filipinos on America and Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999. Included in the Library of America’s Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing, Francia is on the faculty of Asian American Studies at New York University and Hunter College, and teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at City University of Hong Kong s MFA Program.

Tattered Boat usually sells for $20 and Museum of Absences for $16.  If you purchase both books, your sale price would be $25.  If you wish to purchase just one book, your sale price would be $16 for Tattered Boat and $12 for Museum of Absences. 

This Fall Special expires Oct. 31, 2014.

For each order, please add $3 for a discounted rate on shipping/handling costs.  You can order by sending a check made out to “Meritage Press” to

E. Tabios
Publisher, Meritage Press
P.O. Box 361
St. Helena, CA 94574

Book information is available at


Some reader responses:

Tattered Boat: “In the Philippines, a slang word for cool or bad meaning good or dope or fresh is wasak, which is literally ruin. In Luis Francia's book, Tattered Boat, he takes on ruin of the heart, spiritual wreckage, and the failing body. I love his sense of play—so much good music in these poems (his internal inverted consonance reminds me of his old mentor Jose Garcia Villa, so does his penchant for the metaphysical—and full disclosure that Luis is a friend and former teacher of mine). I do sense strong reverberations from La Generación de '27, a literary lineage that many living writers pay homage to, but few feel that lyric intensity in their bodies and shape that energy on the page. Francia does--especially with this book. There's a lot of craft happening in the current scene, but I'm happy for a ship that's been through some rough waters and still sails. There's wisdom in that.” – Patrick Rosal

Museum of Absences: Luis H. Francia calls his life (and himself) a "tale of two cities--Manila and New York,” and that is the essence of this book, an exploration of rootlessness, geographical as well as metaphysically. In one of the poems, a manong—older brother in Filipino, a term applied to the generation of immigrants from early to mid-twentieth century—a manong speaks: "Where in a white world can / This grain of unhusked rice spin?" Cinderella, at age fifty, "would like to / think it was all a bad dream, but for / the slipper ... glass encased in glass." The most powerful poem is "New York Mythologies" (on 9/11): "Our bones are marrow'd with hope / Our childhood gods and duendes in tow / Cradles and graves on our backs." Francia's signature hero is Jimi Hendrix: "Think of him as Odysseus on / guitar ... he navigates wild riffs / with a sense of sin, but not regret." Hope, art, and love abide. – Vince Gotera, North American Review

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