Author photo of the poet T. De Los Reyes against a background of yellow flowers

T. De Los Reyes is a Filipino poet and designer.

She is the author of the chapbook Woeman, published by Hawai’i Review in 2018. Her upcoming chapbook Small Gestures is going to be published by Bull City Press.

A finalist for the 2021 Sappho Prize by Palette Poetry, her poems have previously appeared in Birdcoat Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Hobart After DarkPleiades, Split Lip Magazine, and West Trestle Review, among others. Her work constantly revolves around womanhood, eros, and mapping the body—exploring geography vis-a-vis the question of identity as a person of colour.

Past recognitions include: Notable Manuscript for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize, First Place in Filipino Poetry in the 2007 Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards, and Fellow for Filipino Poetry in the 2005 Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices, National Writers Workshop.

She serves as the designer of Nowruz Journal, a finalist for the 2022 CLMP Firecracker Award in Magazines/Best Debut, and as a mentor/community teaching assistant for Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo), offered by the University of Pennsylvania as a massive open online course for the past ten years.

She lives and writes in Manila, Philippines.


Present Preoccupations

T. is the founder of Read A Little Poetry, a thriving collection of great poems. It is a commonplace book for works found, read, and loved through the years—holding poets to the light alongside experiences of being human. Since its inception in 2005, the site has been praised, quoted in, referenced, and linked to in numerous publications and media, such as The Guardian and On Being. A true passion project spanning almost two decades, it has grown into a community of poetry lovers, readers, writers, and educators around the world.

She started Possibilities in 2008 when she was just 22 years old. Named after an Emily Dickinson poem, the multidisciplinary studio offers a range of creative services intended to make an impact, such as brand identity, copywriting, print and web design, and digital marketing strategies. Having over 15 years of experience working with local and foreign companies, she is currently collaborating with artists and entrepreneurs. She has also embarked on a journey to become a stationer and opened And Other Loves in 2021.

With a heart for advocacy, T. has co-created Bayanihan Online, a group organising information about Philippine disaster relief and rescue efforts. Emerged during the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, the central data hub coordinates with NGOs, schools, media personnel and government agencies alike. Further volunteer efforts include designing for Women in AI and fighting disinformation with BUILD Pilipinas.

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