Take away the bomb threat and what are we? Ordinary beads on a never-ending string. Our time is a routine twist of an improbable yarn…There must be something heroic about our time, something that lifts it above all those other times. Plague? Funny weather? Dire things are happening…
Why are we watching the news, reading the news, keeping up with the news? Only to enforce our fancy – probably a necessary lie – that these are crucial times, and we are in on them. Newly revealed, and we are in the know: crazy people, bunches of them. New diseases, shifts in power, floods! Can the news from dynastic Egypt have been any different?
—Annie Dillard, For the Time Being
Forthcoming from Paloma Press in 2018 is HUMANITY, an anthology featuring practitioners/students in the fields of environmental science, economics, public policy, decolonization and multicultural studies, poetry, anthropology, music, theater arts, theology, and history on their observations (philosophical, scientific and/or artistic) and vision of the human condition. The anthology will be edited by award-winning poet Eileen R. Tabios.
About the Editor:
EILEEN R. TABIOS has released over 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Publications include three Selected Poems projects, YOUR FATHER IS BALD: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems, INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New 1996-2015 and THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New 1998-2010; the first book-length haybun collection, 147 MILLION ORPHANS (MMXI-MML); a collected novels, SILK EGG; an experimental autobiography AGAINST MISANTHROPY; a bilingual edition, the English and Romanian I FORGOT ARS POETICA / AM UITAT ARTA POETICA; and a trilingual edition, the English, Romanian and Spanish YOUR FATHER IS BALD. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku poetic form as well as a first poetry book, BEYOND LIFE SENTENCES (1998), which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry (Manila Critics Circle). Her poems have been translated into eight languages as well as computer-generated hybrid languages, paintings, video, drawings, visual poetry, mixed media collages, Kali martial arts, music, modern dance, sculpture and a sweat shirt. Additionally, she has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 12 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as exhibited visual art and visual poetry in the United States, Asia and Serbia.
About the Publisher:
AILEEN CASSINETTO is a San Mateo County Poet Laureate Finalist and author of a poetry collection (traje de boda, Meritage Press) and three poetry chapbooks through Moria Books’ Locofo series. She works full-time at a diplomatic mission in San Francisco, and is full time publisher of Paloma Press.
Established in 2016, PALOMA PRESS is an independent literary press publishing poetry, prose, and limited edition books. Titles include BLUE by Wesley St. Jo & Remé Grefalda (officially launched at The Library of Congress in September), and MANHATTAN: An Archaeology by Eileen R. Tabios (which debuted at the 4th Filipino American International Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library in October). Paloma Press released the fundraising chapbooks MARAWI by Albert E. Alejo and Eileen R. Tabios in July in support of relief efforts in Marawi, Southern Philippines; and AFTER IRMA AFTER HARVEY by Ivy Alvarez, Mary Kasimor, Agnes Marton, Lisa Suguitan Melnick & Eileen R. Tabios in September in support of hurricane-displaced animals in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Paloma Press proudly curated “THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND,” a literary performance which featured Eileen Tabios, John Moore Williams, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Paul Cassinetto, Steve Warner & Veronica Montes, as part of the 2017 Litquake Festival in San Francisco.