Edith Tiempo

Edith Cutaran Lopez-Tiempo (April 22, 1919 – August 21, 2011),[1]was a Filipino poet, fiction writer, teacher and literary critic in the English language.[2] She was conferred the National Artist Award for Literature in 1999.

Edith Tiempo
Edith Tiempo on a 2019 stamp of the Philippines
Edith Tiempo on a 2019 stamp of the Philippines
BornEdith Cutaran Lopez
(1919-04-22)April 22, 1919
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippine Islands
DiedAugust 21, 2011(2011-08-21) (aged 92)
Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Alma materSilliman University
State University of Iowa
Notable awardsNational Artist of the Philippines.svg Order of National Artists of the Philippines
SpouseEdilberto K. Tiempo


Tiempo was born in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.[2] Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, "Halaman" and "Bonsai."[2] As fictionist, Tiempo is as morally profound. Her language has been marked as "descriptive but unburdened by scrupulous detailing." She is an influential tradition in Philippine Literature in English. Together with her late husband, writer and critic Edilberto K. Tiempo, they founded (in 1962) and directed the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City, which has produced some of the Philippines' best writers.



  • A Blade of Fern (1978)[2]
  • His Native Coast (1979)[2]
  • The Alien Corn (1992)[2]
  • One, Tilting Leaves (1995)
  • The Builder (2004)
  • The Jumong (2006)

Short story collectionsEdit

  • Abide, Joshua, and Other Stories (1964)[2]

Poetry collectionsEdit

  • The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems (1966)[2]
  • The Charmer's Box and Other Poet (1993)[2]
  • Marginal Annotations and Other Poems[2]
  • Commend Contend. Beyond Extensions (2010)[2]

Honors and awardsEdit


  1. ^ "National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo dies: report". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Edith L. Tiempo. Philippine National Artists for Literature