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 University.
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. Her latest book, Invocation to Daughters, is forthcoming from City Lights Publishing. She is co-editor with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, of Doveglion Press. Her chapbooks are 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). Professor 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.
Professor 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. Professor Reyes currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc (PAWA).
- MFA, San Francisco State University
- BA in Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Awards & Distinctions
- Finalist for the California Book Award
- James Laughlin award of the Academy of American Poets
- Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010)
- Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003)
- Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005)
- Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008)
- Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008)
- West Oakland Sutra for the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland poems (Deep Oakland Editions, 2008)