Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, the Philippines, and
raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Ethnic
Studies from UC Berkeley and her MFA from San Francisco State
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions,
2010), recently noted as a finalist for the California Book Award.
She is the author of two previous collections of poetry,
Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), and
Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005) which
received the James Laughlin award of the Academy of American Poets.
She is co-editor with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, of Doveglion
Press. Her chapbooks, Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008), Cherry
(Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008), and West Oakland Sutra for
the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland poems (Deep Oakland
Editions, 2008). Prof Reyes' poetry, essays, and reviews
have been published in Latino Poetry Review, North American Review,
Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West Review, XCP: Cross Cultural
Poetics, among others.
Prof Reyes teaches "Barrio Fiesta/Remixing Culture: Filipino
American Cultural Production in Literature, Performance, and Visual
Art" (YPSP 205) and "Filipino American and Philippine Lit" (YPSP
260). In addition to teaching at the University of San Francisco,
she is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at
Mills College. Prof Reyes currently serves as a member of the Board
of Directors and Vice President of Philippine American Writers and
Artists, Inc (PAWA).