Here's where you'll find Kundiman in Portland during AWP 2019, inside and outside the Convention Center!

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March 28: A Reading with Maxine Hong Kingston, Marilyn Chin, and Carmen Gimenez Smith

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2 
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Three prominent and essential writers take the stage to give readings of their work. A discussion follows on a variety of topics, ranging from craft to practice to activism, as we celebrate and further a discussion of Asian American and Latinx identity and solidarity. This event is moderated by CantoMundo cofounder Deborah Paredez.

Maxine Hong Kingston writes and teaches fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She's received a National Book Critics Circle Award, two National Book Awards, and a Writers for Writers Award. She has taught for fifty years, including twenty years at a workshop for vets, which resulted in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace.

Marilyn Chin's award-winning poems and tales have become Asian American classics and are taught all over the world. Her latest book—A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems—celebrates thirty years of activist writing. She serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Carmen Giménez Smith, Publisher of Noemi Press, is Professor of English at Virginia Tech. Most recently, she is author of Cruel Futures and Be Recorder. Her last poetry collection, Milk and Filth, was a finalist for the NBCC Award.

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection This Side of Skin and the critical study Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. She is an Associate Professor at Columbia University and cofounder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets.

Find more information at AWP’s website.

Asian American Caucus at AWP, Tampa, 2018. Photo by Bao Phi.

Asian American Caucus at AWP, Tampa, 2018. Photo by Bao Phi.

march 28: Asian American Caucus

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center
Level 1 
Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

How can Asian American writers build a more robust network? What does it mean to be a writer of color in these times? This fourth annual Asian American Caucus is a town hall-style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources available to support you. Organized by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Kaya, Kundiman, the Asian American Literary Review, Kearny Street, Hyphen, and Smithsonian’s APAC.

Featuring: Cathy Linh Che, Neelanjana Banerjee, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Jyothi Natarajan, & Jason Bayani.

Find more information at AWP.

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March 29: Asian American Poets Present New Books and Chapbooks

De-Canon Library at Milepost 5
8155 NE Oregon St.
Friday, March 29TH, 2019
8:30 PM to 10:00 pM

Six Kundiman fellows will present their new books/chapbooks and hold a reading! Join us and meet amazing Asian American poets: George Abraham, Jason Bayani, Ching-In Chen, Shamala Gallagher, Vanessa Huang, and Sally Wen Mao.

RSVP on Facebook here! More info on our website here.


March 30: Literaoke

Chopsticks Karaoke
Saturday, March 30th, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of vocal and literary talent! PoC writers will sing one minute of a karaoke song and read works for three minutes!

Hosted by Kundiman, The Asian American Literary Review, The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Kaya Press, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

RSVP on Facebook here! More info on our website here.

Free and open to the public.

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Kundiman fellows signing

At AWP Portland, four Kundiman Fellows will be signing at our booth. Visit Booth 3055 to meet Neil Aitken, Shamala Gallagher, Vanessa Huang, and Lillian Li!

  • 3/29, 1 – 2: Vanessa Huang

  • 3/29, 2 – 3: Shamala Gallagher

  • 3/30, 2 – 3: Neil Aitken

  • 3/30, 3 – 4: Lillian Li


March 27-30: Book Fair

Wednesday, March 27 – Saturday, March 30
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
Booth #3055!

Kundiman will be at the AWP Bookfair throughout the conference. Come by to say hi to some Kundiman staff and fellows, check out our fashionable swag, and leave a few books heavier!