Jos é  Rizal The sea, the sea is everything! Its sovereign mass brings to me atoms of a myriad faraway lands; its bright smile animates me in the limpid mornings; and when at the end of day my faith has proven futile, my heart echoes the sound of its sorrow on the sands.  […] So pass the days of my life in my obscure retreat;  cast out of the world where once I dwelt: such is my rare  good fortune; and Providence be praised for my condition:  a disregarded pebble that craves nothing but moss  to hide from all the treasure that in myself I bear.  I live with the remembrance of those that I have loved  and hear their names still spoken, who haunt my memory;  some already are dead, others have long forgotten—  but what does it matter? I live remembering the past  and no one can ever take the past away from me.           -from "My Retreat" by Jose Rizal, Trans. by Nick Joaquin  Click on names below to see the writers' desks. Names are


This project is curated by Eileen R. Tabios. One of her favorite books is THE WRITER'S DESK edited by Jill Krementz which offers pictures of nearly 60 writers' desks. However, not a single Filipino writer is included in the book, a flaw that inspired Eileen to create this project. A writer across genres , Eileen's  desk is located in her kitchen so that she can be more available to her beloved dogs Ajax and Neo. If you are a Filipino-Pilipinz writer who would like to participate by sharing photos of your desk, contact Eileen at nalandaten at gmail dot com