Announcing the release of:

Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets (Meritage Press:  San Francisco and St. Helena)
edited by Eileen R. Tabios

Paperback, 220 pages, $20

(People:  Yolanda=Haiyan. Filipinos use “Yolanda,” everyone else uses “Haiyan.” You know, at some point self thinks that Filipinos cannot escape comedy, even within tragedy. So if you are a potential donor, and the only thing stopping you is the confusion over which typhoon you are actually making a donation for, note that Yolanda and Haiyan ARE ONE AND THE SAME TYPHOON.  Of course, mebbe you don’t care about WHICH typhoon, in which case, there was also ONDOY several years ago.  It doesn’t matter.  Give, that’s all that counts)

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

In response to Yolanda’s devastation, Filipino poets in the homeland and the diaspora rallied to create a fundraising anthology entitled Verses Typhoon Yolanda:  A Storm of Filipino Poets.  Edited by poet Eileen R. Tabios, the anthology of 133 poems is released by Meritage Press.

All of the book’s profits will be donated to relief organizations and others helping the typhoon survivors.  Meritage is willing to send books at cost to fundraisers who then can sell the books at their individual retail price of $20 each.

For more information, contact Eileen R. Tabios at

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“Emptiness of Air,” the piece self wrote for Vela, the women’s travel website, is included in this anthology — because self is ALL about TransGenre.  YAY!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self decided to re-read the prompt on The Daily Post site, to see if she could figure out other things to post (besides pictures of her house/museums/her garden).

She read this:

The crew here . . .  play a photo game called “blank-in-a-blank” when we get together.  We try to take photos of any of us inside anything else.  Sometimes it’s physical (a taxi, a mirror, an elevator, a silly hat) and sometimes it’s figurative (a state of confusion, a cone of silence, a joyous embrace).

So self found a picture of herself INSIDE her car!  Exciting!



And she found a picture of herself and one of her dearest friends in Bacolod, Gemma the chef at the Negros Museum Café, sitting INSIDE another car!

Gemma, chef at the Negros Museum Café, and Self, 2012. Whose car is that?  Self forgets.

Gemma, chef at the Negros Museum Café, and Self, 2012. Whose car is that? Self forgets.

And she found this picture of a picture of herself, taken years ago at the San Diego Zoo (when she was probably still just a grad student at Stanford) posing next to the statue of a mean-looking gorilla!

On one of self's bookshelves is a picture of her at the San Diego Zoo, standing next to a mean-looking gorilla.  She was a grad student in Stanford.

Photograph on a Bookshelf:  Self at the San Diego Zoo (When she was just a grad student at Stanford)

The time has come to thank fellow writer Jean Vengua.  For being the one to tell self about WordPress’s weekly photo challenge.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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