Come join us Oct. 10 for our first ever Kundiman & CantoMundo Fellows Reading at Fordham


Please join us for a reading featuring fellows from CantoMundo and Kundiman.

The reading will take place in the the South Lounge at Fordham Lincoln Center on 60th and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City. 7pm to 9pm

Tarfia Faizullah
Deborah Paredez
Ocean Vuong
Javier Zamora
Eugenia Leigh
Anthony Cody

Hosted by R.A. Villanueva and Eduardo C. Corral

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems and prose appear in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, and other honors.

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press) and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory.  Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Mandorla, Poet Lore and elsewhere. Her honors include an Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. She is the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latina/o poets, and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas in Austin where she teaches in the New Writers School MFA Program.

Born in 1988 in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong was raised by women (a single mother, aunts, and a grandmother) in housing projects throughout Hartford, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in English Literature at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His first chapbook Burnings was released by Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010. A Kundiman fellow, other honors include a 2012 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for Younger Poets, an Academy of American Poets prize, the Connecticut Poetry Society’s Al Savard Award, as well as four Pushcart Prize nominations. Poems appear in the American Poetry Review, Guernica, and Drunken Boat, amongst others.

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, La Paz, El Salvador. At the age of nine he immigrated to the Yunaited Estais. His chapbook, Nine Immigrant Years, is the winner of the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Contest. Zamora is a CantoMundo fellow and a Breadloaf work-study scholarship recipient. He has received scholarships from Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA. His poems appear or are forthcoming in DirtyLaundry, NewBorder, Phat’titude, The Homestead Review, The Poetry Show, Spillway Magazine, among other journals. He attends NYU’s MFA program.

Eugenia Leigh is the author of a forthcoming collection of poetry, Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books, 2014), which was a finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. A Korean American poet and Kundiman fellow, she holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has taught writing workshops for high school students and incarcerated youth. Her poems have appeared in several publications including North American Review, The Collagist, Rattle and the Best New Poets anthology.

Anthony Cody was born in Fresno, California to children of borne from immigrants of the Dust Bowl and Bracero Program. A graduate of CSU-Fresno, Anthony has been writing poetry since he read his first poem in Spanish. Anthony writes to capture the complexities of each moment and hopes that through writing, he, as well as others, can further understand humanity and have an opportunity to reflect upon the personal struggles within life. His work has been previously published in 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007.


This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.