Saturday, September 15, 2012

PINOY POETICS: A Collection of Autobiographical and Critical Essays on Filipino and Filipino American Poetics, Edited by Nick Carbo

PINOY POETICS was developed by Eileen Tabios to be the first international poetics anthology of Filipino English-language poets. Poet, critic, editor and teacher Nick Carbo subsequently agreed to edit this unique and groundbreaking collection of autobiographical essays by approximately 40 Filipino poets. The poets discuss the elements inspiring and influencing their poems as well as feature sample poems that illustrate their thoughts. Aptly reflecting the diversity of this community which has not yet received much attention in the literary world, the featured Filipino poets' concerns are wide-ranging and encompass Taoism, hip-hop, Kali (a Filipino martial arts form), ekphrasis, the legacy of Jose Garcia Villa, Bay Area Pil-Am movement, poems inspired by the carabao (water buffalo), colonialism and postcolonialism, homosexuality, lesbianism, wars such as what occured or is occuring in Vietnam, the Gulf and Afghanistan, the Martial Law years in the Philippines, the relationship between poems and plays, feminism, a resonant tale over ice cream and -- of course -- poetic forms.

This project -- consciously designed to help obviate the historical silencing of voices from the Filipino community -- is scheduled for release in 2004. The book is appropriate -- and necessary -- as an educational text for various disciplines including but not limited to poetry, creative writing, multicultural studies, Filipino studies and literature, Asian American literature, humanities, the social sciences and history. A comprehensive bibliography of poetry publications by Filipino authors will be included.


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Nick Carbo is the author of three poetry collections: SECRET ASIAN MAN (Tia Chucha Press, 2000) which received the 2001 Members' Choice Literary Award from the Asian American Writers Workshop and chosen for the Academy of American Poets Poetry Book Club; EL GRUPO MCDONALD’S (Tia Chucha Press, 1995); and RUNNING AMOK (Monday's Mango Press, 1992).

He also served as editor of the groundbreaking anthology RETURNING THE BORROWED TONGUE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FILIPINO AND FILIPINO AMERICAN POETRY IN ENGLISH (Coffee House Press, 1996) and co-editor (with Eileen Tabios) of BABAYLAN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FILIPINA AND FILIPINA AMERICA WRITERS (Aunt Lute Press, 2000).

His numerous awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts (1997) and the New York Foundation of the Arts (1999). He has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), and Le Chataeu de Lavigny (Switzerland). His poems have been featured in such publications as POETRY, Triquarterly, 5 AM, Asian Pacific American Journal, Barrow Street, Crab Orchard Review, DisOrient, Green Mountains Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Literary Review, Luna, Membrane, Midland Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Poetry Digest, Poet Lore, Synaesthetic, Sun Dog, Urbanus, and Western Humanities Review.

His poems also have been featured in a number of anthologies: Humor Me: An Anthology of Poems by Poets of Color (University of Iowa Press, 2002); Literature Without Borders (Prentice Hall, 2001); American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2001); American Poetry: Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000); The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets (Univ. Press of New England, 2000); New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 2000); Poetry Nation (Vehicule Press, 1998); The First Yes: Poems About Communicating (Dryad Press, 1997); American Journey: The Asian American Experience (Primary Source Media, CD-ROM, 1996); Flippin': Filipinos Writing on America (Asian American Writers Workshop, 1996); and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Henry Holt, 1994).

He has taught at Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, Hofstra University, Manhattan College, The American University (Washington D.C.), Bucknell University, University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, among others. Currently, he serves as a visiting lecturer at the English Department of the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

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