Eileen Tobios

Presenting with Leny Strobel

Indigenous Futures

Can literary fiction, when paired with poetry and movement, enliven our mythic capacity to imagine an indigenous future? In this presentation, the novel Dove Lion by Eileen Tabios, inspires the audience to reimagine the indigenous future of an island nation that has been liberated from the grip of authoritarianism by the descendants of a Babaylan (Philippine shaman/medicine person) in the diaspora. What is the role of the Poet/Novelist/Artist in liberating our imaginations?

Eileen R. Tabios has released over 60 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Her 2020 books include a short story collection, PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora; a poetry collection, The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019; and her third bilingual edition (English/Thai), INCULPATORY EVIDENCE: Covid-19 Poems. In 2021, she releases her first long-form novel: DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times.


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