Barbara Jane Reyes

Fall 2013

The James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

Barbara Jane ReyesBarbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata, winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry and finalist for the California Book Award. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Bay Area, she is the author of two previous collections of poetry and three chapbooks, and co-editor of Doveglion Press. Reyes teaches in the University of San Francisco’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program and serves on the board of Philippine American Writers and Artists. She lives in Oakland.

November 20, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School
November 20, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing, MLK 225/229




“We are offered Reyes’ own version of oral history, the history of her split heritage, the story of survival, and myths of Reyes’ own creation that add an additional emotional truth despite their deliberate inaccuracy. We leave this book [Diwata] both shellshocked and empowered, reborn and rib–torn.”
— Coal Hill Review

“These retellings of myths and folk tales become a modality through which ahistory is rendered into history, history itself is investigated, and variations of diwatas, their quarries, and their hunters are revealed as inhabiting multiple narrative, linguistic, and cultural sites.”
— Lantern Review

“Triumphant and plaintive, Diwata is a living document, offering both succor and claws.”
— Rain Taxi

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.