Kundiman Retreat Deadline
Jan
15
to Jan 16

Kundiman Retreat Deadline

Applications are due on January 15th, 2019 for the 2019 Kundiman Asian American Retreat!

At Retreat, we aim to nurture the next generation of Asian American writers. Master classes taught by nationally renowned poets and fiction writers. The Retreat takes place at Fordham College at Rose Hill, located in the Bronx, NYC, and runs from June 19 – 23, 2019.

Find out more about the application process here. You can also read more testimonials from past and current fellows.

Good luck, we're so excited to read your submissions!

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Book Launch for Sarah Gambito's Loves You
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch for Sarah Gambito's Loves You

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Kundiman is celebrating Sarah Gambito's book launch of her third collection of poems Loves You (Persea Books).

Wear your pang bahay (your comfiest, comfiest home clothes) and join us in celebrating Loves You, a poetry "cookbook" on food, memory, outrage, and family. Expect poems, bibingka, deconstructed banh mi, recipes, a reiki soundbath, chocolate matcha lava, breath meditation, and more.

RSVP here by January 24th

Loves You is available for pre-order. For review copies/media inquiries, contact Kelly Forsythe at kelly@forsythepr.com

Directions: Once you are at Fordham, Take escalator to Plaza level Take elevator to 11th floor Take stairs one flight up to the 12th Floor.

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Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books), Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature.

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Politiks of Partying: A Queerxi Dancehall
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

Politiks of Partying: A Queerxi Dancehall

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What: Politiks of Partying: Queerxi Dance (in partnership with KitaKits & Kundiman)

Where: Blipsy Bar, 369 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

When: Saturday, January 5 at  8pm (outdoor reading starts at 7:30pm)
 

Featured Guests:

(Readers) Rocio Carlos, Kamala Puliganda, Irene Sucio Soriano, Vickie Vértiz

 

(Sound pilots/deejays)

F. Douglas Brown & Santana Westbrook (of Truthseekers Radio from Pharcyde TV)

 

Dance party + guerilla poetry reading. You and your friends are invited to celebrate Angela Penaredondo’s 40th birthday. To honor the departure of an intense 2018 and the beginning of 2019 with hope and healing. Join us for an outdoor guerilla reading (under the “Poetry in the Streets” sign). This reading is dedicated to queer futurisms, spell-casting for 2019. Then dance and mingle with us inside. (Support your local-dive-business. And for those who don’t dance, then Blipsy’s old-skool arcade games are for you).

 

(Background on the title of this event) Back in the day, Filipino migrant workers (also known as Manongs) as a way to cut loose from their white oppressors, went to dancehalls (or taxi dances). In these dancehalls they swaggered, danced with white women during a time of anti-Filipino sentiment and anti-miscegenation mentality. As a queer Filipinx, I honor my ancestors, their histories but at the same time subvert, challenge a past that did not include me by incorporating my queer lens into the Now. Come celebrate a night of this re-imagination along with published, award-winning queer identified writers; and sound pilots spinning fave throwbacks, vintage tunes, Manila disco, dancehall to space-glitchy beats. Let’s implicate our brown, black, queer, diasporic and undocumented bodies in a shared reimagination of the taxi dance—it’s a queerxi (said like "quir-ky") dancehall!

 

Come in your own expression of retro dancehall wardrobe. Even a single accessory is fine (however, this is NOT mandatory). If you’re not feeling it, come as you are. Allow this space to be a refuge of free fun from an all-too-overrated-expensive-new year’s-eve. Allow it to be a brief refuge from all the social justice and resistance work you do. Let dance, swagger, joy also be a form of resistance too.

After your dinner, stop by Queerxi for merienda-sweet-tasties provided by Lola’s Kusina (Filipinx/a pop-up kitchen) specializing in vegetarian Filipino food.

This night aims to be an inclusive & hate-free space. Banish your phobias at the door and let them go forever.

 

*KitaKits is an experiment. We initiate artist-centered efforts to assemble a strong alliance of PilipinX American Artists that live and work in LA. We want to create an art pamilya movement. We have art to share and our city is brimming with Pilipinx flair, genius and relevance. We flourish within our own myriad communities, but always seek support from each other with an aim to create work that reflects the issues of the day. In the end, we see art like breathing.

http://blog.kitakitsla.com

 

*Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

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Kundiman Retreat Applications Open!
Dec
1
3:30 AM03:30

Kundiman Retreat Applications Open!

Applications are now open for the 2019 Kundiman Retreat! With master classes taught by nationally renowned poets and fiction writers, this retreat establishes a nurturing community for Asian American fellows. The Retreat takes place at Fordham College at Rose Hill, located in the Bronx, NYC. The 2019 retreat will run from June 19 – 23, 2019. The application period is open from December 1st, 2018 until January 15th, 2019. Scholarships are available.

Find out more about the application process here. You can also read more testimonials from past and current fellows.

Good luck, we're so excited to read your submissions!

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Marilyn Chin Reading with Queens College CUNY
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Marilyn Chin Reading with Queens College CUNY

Marilyn Chin will give a reading on Wednesday, November 14, at Klapper Hall in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at 6:30 PM. The event is free, and will be followed by a reception. Visit the CUNY English Department website for more details!

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of four previous poetry collections and a novel. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. The winner of the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors, she lives in San Diego.

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Kundiman's 15th Anniversary Benefit
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Kundiman's 15th Anniversary Benefit

Join us at The Ace Hotel for a night dedicated to Asian American Futures! Come have a cocktail with Kundiman fellows, enjoy hors d'oeuvres from The Breslin, and honor Myung Mi Kim, Ligaya Mishan, & Monique Truong, three fabulous Asian American visionaries. Attire is festive and the theme is futuristic! More info to come.

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City Literature Books Reading Featuring Joseph O. Legaspi, Helene Achanzar, Feliz Lucia Molina, & Faisal Mohyuddin
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

City Literature Books Reading Featuring Joseph O. Legaspi, Helene Achanzar, Feliz Lucia Molina, & Faisal Mohyuddin

On September 21, City Literature Books will host a reading featuring Joseph O. Legaspi, Helene Achanzar, Feliz Lucia Molina, & Faisal Mohyuddin. RSVP on Facebook here!

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Best of the Net, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He cofounded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

Feliz Lucia Molina was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is the author of Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press), co-author of The Wes Letters (Outpost19), chapbook Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press), and Roulette (forthcoming from Make Now Books). Her writing has appeared in Open Space, Fence, and PEN America, among others. She has recently read her work at Wendy’s Subway, Poetic Research Bureau, University of Chicago, and Guggenheim Museum. She is studying clinical social work at School for Social Work Administration at University of Chicago. She can be found at felizluciamolina.com

Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear, 2018), winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry and a 2018 Summer Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society. Also the author of the chapbook, The Riddle of Longing (Backbone, 2017), he serves as an educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4 and teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago.

Helene Achanzar is a Kundiman fellow and a John and Renée Grisham fellow at the University of Mississippi, where she is a Senior Editor at the Yalobusha Review. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in jubilat and Oxford American.

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Poetry Coalition Youth Programming Convening
Aug
31
9:00 AM09:00

Poetry Coalition Youth Programming Convening

On August 31st, we'll be convening with youth-serving Poetry Coalition members in Washington, D.C. before the National Book Festival. We will be discussing Youth Programming, discussing gaps and overlaps, different objectives, and poetry in the classroom.

The Poetry Coalition is a national alliance of organizations dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. More info on the Coalition here!

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Fall Internship Application Deadline
Aug
12
12:00 AM00:00

Fall Internship Application Deadline

Each year, Kundiman offers robust seasons internships with positions in Development, Programs, Grant Writing, and Communications. Interns are given hands-on experience with an organization that supports writing communities and to gain experience in the literary arts.

Learn more about each of the positions and apply here!

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Elliott Bay Books Reading with Diana Khoi Nguyen, Prageeta Sharma, and Ryo Yamaguchi
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Elliott Bay Books Reading with Diana Khoi Nguyen, Prageeta Sharma, and Ryo Yamaguchi

As part of a weekend that includes a workshop stint with Hugo House, Denver-based poet Diana Khoi Nguyen and Kundiman fellow reads at Elliot Bay Books, with a striking debut collection in hand, Ghost Of (Omnidawn). Selected by Terrance Hayes for a publication prize, this is a powerful look at a family riven by history, exile, and loss.

Also reading are poets Prageeta Sharma and Ryo Yamaguchi. Prageeta Sharma teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Montana, and is the acclaimed author of four collections of poetry; the most recent is Undergloom (Fence Books). Ryo Yamaguchi works at Seattle-based Wave Books, and is the author of The Refusal of Suitors (Noemi Press).

Facebook event page here.

"Nguyen’s voice is both wraithlike and astonishingly frontal; this is one of the most gifted first books I’ve read.” —–Terrance Hayes.

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