Ed. Nick Carbó is the author of two books of poetry, El Grupo McDonald’s and Secret Asian Man. Editor of Returning a Borrowed Tongue, Carbó received a NYFA/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Gregory Millard Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.
Ed. Eileen Tabios is the author of the poetry collection Beyond Life Sentences; I Take Thee, English, For My Beloved; Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole, a book of poetry, essays and interviews Black Lightning: Poetry-in-Progress; and a collection of prose and poetry, Ecstatic Mutations: Experiments in the Poetry Laboratory. She has edited several anthologies and journals.
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 can be traced to a common literary tradition. This connection is a living, breathing bridge, not only between countries but also generations, as strong voices from the past fuel realities of the future. Challenging, innovative, fierce and reflective, somber and funny. No one word can capture the extraordinary range of this collection. Babaylan includes poetry and prose by over 60 writers.
“Babaylan brings to the concert halls of the United States a full-bodied chorus of Filipino women’s voices. Welcome the songs and stories of these women with applause. Bravo!”
—Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz, Professor at Ataneo de Manila University and editor of Song of Ourselves
“This collection of work…inspires with passion, delights with lush imagery and sound, and swells with unbridled language. Brave and beautiful, these many-voiced, multifaceted authors give readers the first comprehensive look at a literary culture that has been ignored for far too long.”
—Allison Joseph, author of In Every Seam
“These are the stories and moments of women—some heartbreaking, some funny, all true to the heart. And the Philippines is always present: as a landscape, memory, ghost. Babaylan is a feast for the senses, so eat your fill.”
—Andrea Louie, Publications Director of the Asian American
Writers’ Workshop and author of Moon Cakes