July 28: Kundiman with Lunchtime Poems in Military Park

Kundiman is reading with the Lunchtime Poems reading series on Tuesday, July 28, 12:30 - 1:30pm. Reading will be held on the Plaza in Military Park, Newark, NJ. 

Tuesday, July 28 from 12:30 - 1:30pm
Military Park in Newark, NJ
Admission is free

Featured readers are Wo Chan, Chen Chen, Amy Meng, and Alison Roh Park.


Wo Chan is a queer Fujianese poet and drag performer. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary, Wo’s work has been published in cream city review, BARZAHK, and VYM Magazine. As a member of Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n' Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a 2015 AAWW Margins Fellow.

Chen Chen is the author of the chapbook Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015). His poems have appeared/are forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, [PANK], The Best American Poetry 2015, among others. He is the winner of the Matt Clark Award from New Delta Review and the Joyce Carol Oates Award, selected by Ishion Hutchinson. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and this fall he will be joining the PhD program in English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. Visit him at

Amy Meng’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Normal School, North Dakota Quarterly, Pleiades, and Slice Magazine. She is a Kundiman Fellow and was a finalist for the Margins fellowship. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and serves as a poetry editor at Bodega Magazine.

Alison Roh Park is a Kundiman fellow, Pushcart nominated poet, and past winner of of the PSA New York Chapbook Fellowship, Poets & Writers Magazine Amy Award, and Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. She teaches ethnic studies at Hunter College and is a founding member of The Good Times Collective of emerging poets writing in the tradition of Lucille Clifton.


In case of rain, readings will be held in the New Jersey Historical Society as 52 Park Place. Co-sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Military Park Partnership. Admission is free.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Kundiman Poetry Prize!

Congratulations to Rajiv Mohabir, winner of the 2015 Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Tupelo Press Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine and Associate Poetry Editor Cassandra Cleghorn have selected Rajiv Mohabir as winner of the 2015 Kundiman Poetry Prize for his manuscript, The Cowherd's Son.

The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, publication by Tupelo Press, and national distribution.

Winner of 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection The Taxidermist’s Cut (Spring 2016), and recipient of a PEN/ Heim Translation Fund Grant, Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, Great River Review, PANK, *and Aufgabe. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the *Ozone Park Literary Journal. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i, where he teaches poetry and composition.

The finalists were Radio Tower by Naoko Fujimoto, Cyclorama by Annie Kim, Child of Shame by EJ Koh, Goddess of Democracy by Henry Wei Leung, Autumn Troupe by Miho Nonaka, Tula by Chris Santiago, As Though We Are One by Alexandrine Vo, Republic of Mercy by Sharon Wang, and Overpour by Jane Wong.

Congratulations to the winner and finalists!

Now in its 6th year, the Kundiman Poetry Prize ensures the annual publication of a book by an Asian American poet. The award is open to self-identified Asian American poets at any stage in their careers. For more about the Kundiman Poetry Prize, please visit

Kundiman Forever Recurring Donor Drive


We raised over $15,485 in annual funds during our Kundiman Forever campaign, which ended Lunar New Year 2015.

A heartfelt thank you to the following 116 donors during this drive:

Anonymous Donor / Anonymous Donor / Anonymous Donor / Nawaaz Ahmed / Neil Aitken / Kimberly Alidio / Gina Apostol / Sonia Arora / Marissa Aroy / Fatimah Asghar / Hossannah Asuncion / Cristiana Baik / JoAnn Balingit / Rick Barot / Jason Bayani / Neville Bendiola / Tamiko Beyer / Jeffrey Boyle / Marci Calabretta / Jung Har Chae / Wo Chan / Michelle Chan Brown / Constance Chan / Elzie Chan-Englender / Jennifer Chang / Cathy Linh Che / Karissa Chen / Lisa Chen / Eduardo C. Corral / Bruce Covey / Rachelle Cruz / Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis / Oliver de la Paz / Duy Ba Doan / Melanie Elvena / Anjelica Enaje / Marlon Esguerra / Tarfia Faizullah / Clara Fang / Rebecca Gambito / Sarah Gambito / Mary Glassanos / Eugene Gloria / Nathaniel Go / Rachel Gray / April Naoko Heck / Lee Herrick / Paul Hlava / Ashaki Jackson / Janine Joseph / Kristiana Kahakauwila / W. Todd Kaneko / Mark Keats / Mike Keo / Swati Khurana / Eddie Kim / Dan Lau / Esther Lee / Joseph O. Legaspi / Muriel Leung / Jane Lin / Patti Lynn / Mia Malhotra / Donna Mark / Laren McClung / Feliz Lucia Molina / Ansley Moon / Vikas Menon / Saretta Morgan / David Mura / Kristin Naca / Heather Nagami / Michael Nardone / Jyothi Natarajan / Aimee Nezhukumatathil / Hieu Minh Nguyen / Tiana Nobile / Benita Novena / Matthew O'Donnell / Matthew Olzmann / Janine Oshiro / Monica Ong / Jonathan Padua / Soo Mi Park / Chandrika Patel / Soham Patel / Dustin Parsons / Michelle Peñaloza / Michelle Naka Pierce / Narayan Raj / Paisley Rekdal / David Rohlfing / Lee Ann Roripaugh / Mg Roberts / Christine Rodgers / Brynn Saito / Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut / Leah Schlacter / Solmaz Sharif / Sujata Shekar / Chad Shomura / Ricco Siasoco / Melissa Sipin / David Song / Lara Stapleton / Sharon Suzuki–Martinez / Nghiem Tran / Oliver Triunfo / Jennifer Tseng / Kristine Uyeda / R.A. Villanueva / David Weinzimmer / Shelley Wong / Jenny Xie / Debbie Yee / Margarita Zilberman / Maria Zurbano

As a fellow, I am so grateful for your support in building Kundiman from the ground up. Kundiman gave me a first book prize; a community across America; book tour buddies; life advice when I most needed direction. I cherish this community and love it with all my heart.


Cathy Linh Che

Kundiman Fellow, Poetry Prize Winner, & Managing Director

Kundiman Poetry Prize Has a New Publisher

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The Kundiman Poetry Prize has a new publisher

New York, NY—Kundiman, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American writing, has partnered with Tupelo Press as the new book publisher of The Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Tupelo Press, which published their first five titles in 2001, is a literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers. An ideal partner for Kundiman, Tupelo Press not only publishes aesthetically pleasing books, but they place high regard on excellent writing and diversity, seeking works with “a blend of language, imagination, distinctiveness, and craft.”

Now in its 6th year, the Kundiman Poetry Prize ensures the annual publication of a book by an Asian American poet. The award is open to self-identified Asian American poets at any stage in their careers. Winner also receives $1,000.

Full-length manuscript entries are accepted through the online entry system from February 1 to March 15, 2015. For complete entry guidelines, please visit:

November 16: Kundiman & Verlaine ft. Jay Deshpande, Sandra Lim, & Jee Leong Koh w/ translator Keisuke Tsubono

Kundiman & Verlaine ft. Jay Deshpande, Sandra Lim, & Jee Leong Koh w/ translator Keisuke Tsubono

Join us for a night of words & libation with readings by:


Open bar: 4-5pm
Open mic: 4:30-5pm
Feature Reading: 5pm
$5 suggested donation

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

Jay Deshpande’s poems have appeared in Narrative, Sixth Finch, Atlas Review, Handsome, Forklift, Ohio and elsewhere. He is the author of Love the Stranger, forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2015. He has studied poetry at Columbia University and served as poetry editor of AGNI. He lives in Brooklyn. You can find him @jdeshpan and at


Sandra Lim is the author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute. Lim was born in Seoul, Korea and educated at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and lives in Cambridge, MA.

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Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, including Seven Studies for a Self Portrait (Bench Press). His latest collection The Pillow Book (Math Paper Press) has been translated into Japanese by Keisuke Tsubono, and published in an illustrated bilingual edition by Awai Books. It is shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize. Jee is the co-chair of the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival in NYC, and the curator of the arts website Singapore Poetry ( He has a new book of poems forthcoming from Carcanet Press (UK) in July 2015. 

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Keisuke Tsubono is a translator, writer, editor, and scholar of American literature. He is also a co-founder of Awai Books, Ph.D student in contemporary literary studies at the University of Tokyo, and Fulbright visiting student researcher at New York University (2014-2015).

Kundiman at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Kundiman at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Sunday, September 21st, from 10am-6pm

Kundiman will be sharing a table with Late Night Library at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in NYC. We will be at TABLE 318, selling books and shirts, giving away stickers and tattoos. Stop by, purchase something, and say hello! Can't wait to see you there!

Directions to festival location:

By car from Manhattan: Coming over the Brooklyn Bridge, stay straight on Adams Street. Turn right on Joralemon Street.  

By car from New Jersey and Staten Island: Verrazano Bridge to 278West. Take Exit 27/Atlantic Avenue and turn onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Boerum Place. Turn left on Joralemon Street.  Turn right into first parking lot to unload.

Public Transportation: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; R to Court Street; A, C, F to Jay Street/MetroTech

July 22: Kundiman at Word for Word Poetry


Word for Word Poetry welcomes Kundiman for a summer night of contemporary Asian American poetry in the park!

FEATURING Michelle Chan Brown, Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh, Sally Wen Mao, & Patrick Rosal 

7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

* 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. *


MICHELLE CHAN BROWN’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2011 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness, and others.

CATHY LINH CHE is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.

EUGENIA LEIGH is the author of a full-length 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. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including PANK Magazine, North American Review, The Collagist, and the Best New Poets 2010 anthology.

SALLY WEN MAO is a Chinese American poet. She earned a BA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Cornell University. Mao is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets as well as the 2010 RHINO Poetry Editors’ Prize. Her first book, Mad Honey Symposium, appears from Alice James Books in 2014.

PATRICK ROSAL is the author of three full-length poetry collections. His most recent, Boneshepherds (2011), was named a small press highlight by the National Book Critics Circle and a notable book by the Academy of American Poets. His other two books are My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. He is co-founding editor of Some Call It Ballin', a literary sports quarterly. 

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In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check for the indoor location.