Miami Writers Institute

Miami Writers Institute has partnered with Kundiman to promote diversity and opportunity in the creative writing community for writers of color.

About Miami Writers Institute (May 4 – 7, 2016)
Miami Writers Institute is a four-day creative writing conference held each May in the heart of downtown Miami. We offer intensive workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry taught by nationally recognized, award-winning authors, as well as craft talks in all genres, publishing seminars and individual manuscript consultations.

The Asian Pacific Islander Fellowship (valued at $1,150) includes the following:
Full registration fee ($550 value)
o Creative writing workshop with an award-winning author
o Admission to craft talks by all teaching faculty
o 2-day publishing seminar with the Book Doctors
o Admission to Pitchapalooza

Lodging for 5 nights at the official conference hotel ($600 value)

Past Receipients


2016 — Hieu Minh Nguyen

Sierra Nevada College

kundiman poet in residence

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College has partnered with Kundiman to offer an annual Writer-in-Residence opportunity. Each January, a Kundiman fellow will spend a month at SNC, where they present a public reading, participate in the MFA Winter Residency, and are available to the English department. At the same time, we hope that the college’s intellectual resources and the beauty of the Tahoe area will create ample time and space for the writer’s own creative process. The Kundiman Poet in Residence receives a $2,000 stipend and room. 

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past recipients

Lo Kwa Mei-en 

"I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am for the time given to me by the Kundiman Residency at Sierra Nevada College. The opportunity to focus on my work in the natural beauty near Lake Tahoe was a gift, and having access to Prim Library made such a positive impact on my time there. In addition, the time spent with the SNC faculty and students during the MFA residency was meaningful to me; the community acts as a family, and extended such a welcome to me that it was hard to see them go."


cathy linh che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize.

"To be a daughter, a survivor, and a poet are all aligned in the need “to rewrite everything,” a need that Che navigates with brutality and tenderness, devastation and irrepressible endurance." 

–Publishers Weekly


brynn saito

Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press (2013). She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions (2013). Her work has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed, and has appeared inVirginia Quarterly ReviewNinth LetterHayden’s Ferry Review, and Pleiades. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Sofia University. 

Vermont Studio Center

vsc / kundiman fellowship

The Vermont Studio Center has partnered with Kundiman to create the VSC/Kundiman fellowship. The fellowship provides a writing residency to one Kundiman fellow, with full tuition and room.  

All of our residencies include:

  • A private room in modest, shared housing
  • 24-hour access to a private studio space in one of our 6 medium-specific studio buildings
  • 3 communal meals per day (plus fresh fruit, coffee/tea/cold beverages, and cereal available around the clock)

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past recipients


Palm Beach Poetry Festival

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival offers a fellowship to one Kundiman fellow, with full tuition and room. 

The 12th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 18-23, 2016 at Delray Beach Center for the Arts in beautiful downtown Delray Beach, Florida. Six days and evenings of extraordinary poetry events featuring America’s most award-winning and engaging poets: readings, craft talks, interviews and panel discussions, workshops and more.

Workshop admission is by application. Festival events are open to the public and tickets are available for purchase online from the Schedule of Public Events page.

Audiences and participants from all over the United States and abroad will experience the best of the best poetry has to offer. The 2016 workshop faculty includes: Laure-Anne BosselaarCarl DennisDenise DuhamelCarol FrostThomas LuxTom SleighMary Szybist, and Kevin Young. Special Guest is Robert Hass, and performance poets are Dominique Christina and Mark Kelly Smith, founder of the poetry slam. Conference Faculty are Sally Bliumis-DunnNickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison.


past recipients

wo chan

The Home School

january 3–8, 2016 | miami, florida

The Home School offers a fellowship to one Kundiman fellow to attend the poetry retreat. Travel up to $500, tuition, and room are provided. 

Home School participants spend six days immersed in an intensive program that foregrounds interdisciplinary experimentation and collaboration. Our programming includes daily poetry workshops questioning received poetics and evening performances celebrating eclectic voices.

The Home School is a community of creative recklessness. We bring together the most diverse poets and artists of our time to explore poetry’s fundamental importance to dance, film, music, painting, theater and other arts. We celebrate writers and artists who break the rules, ignore traditional artistic boundaries and question the very nature of their practice.

Poetry faculty in the past include: Timothy DonnellyAdam Fitzgerald, Cathy Park Hong, Dorothea Lasky, Tan Lin, Maggie Nelson and Mónica de la Torre, Natalie Diaz, Renee Gladman, Mira Gonzalez and Jorie Graham

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past recipients

rajiv mohabir

Winner of the 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his manuscript entitled The Taxidermistʻs Cut (March 2016), Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nationʻs Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His second manuscript The Cowherd’s Son won the 2015 Kundiman Prize. He was also awarded a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of Lalbihari Sharma’s Holi Songs of Demerara, published originally in 1916.