Edith Tiempo on a 2019 stamp of the Philippines
Edith Tiempo on a 2019 stamp of the Philippines

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


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.



Short story collections

Poetry collections

Honors and awards


  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