Join our friends at Poets Out Loud & Fordham University for a reading celebrating our 2016 Poetry Prize winner Sharon Wang, as well as Meg Day!
In a first-time collaboration, Asian Pacific Islander arts organizations APICC, Bindlestiff Studio and Kundiman invite the community to commemorate Women’s History Month with a celebratory showcase of API women artists. Resident Bindlestiff and Kundiman artists will perform monologues and literary works conveying intimate and profound expressions of womanhood, identity and lineage. Beginning on International Women’s Day on March 8, this celebration is in deep appreciation and solidarity with API Women, their unique experiences, and their cultural impact through performance and literature.
This collaborative literary/performance showcase is in support of the exceptional featured artists and the long-standing organizations. There will be two iterations of this event: Join us on March 8 for International Women’s Day at 8 PM, or on March 9 for a special event reception with refreshments at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door. RSVP and find more details on Facebook!
It’s the last day to apply for our 2019 Youth Leadership Intensive!
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.
Six Kundiman fellows will present their new books/chapbooks and hold a reading!
Join author Alexandra Kleeman for an afternoon of generative writing, close reading, and discussing multiracial identity.
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.
Loves You is available for pre-order. For review copies/media inquiries, contact Kelly Forsythe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Good luck, we're so excited to read your submissions!
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)
(Readers) Rocio Carlos, Kamala Puliganda, Irene Sucio Soriano, Vickie Vértiz
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.
*Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.
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.
Good luck, we're so excited to read your submissions!
The Poetry Society of America and Poets House present a celebration of Marilyn Chin's A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018).
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.
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.
Join Leah Silvieus, Tiana Nobile, and Ansley Moon in a night celebrating the poetry of Asian American adoptees.
A Los Angeles book release at Skylight Books for Bonnie Chau's short story collection, “All Roads Lead to Blood”, selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the 2040 Books Awards
Hear work from four South Asian writers who call the Northwest their home. The readers are Jordan Alam, Jasleena Grewal, Shankar Narayan, and Azura Tyabji. Hosted by writer and journalist, and former Hugo House writer-in-residence, Sonora Jha.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Jennifer Chang will be reading and discussing the craft of poetry at the New School.
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.
Suman Chhabra, Duy Doan, and Joseph O. Legaspi will be reading at the Poetry Foundation.
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!
Kundiman fellows Amy Meng, Ansley Moon, and Jenny Xie will be joining 2018 Retreat faculty member Monica Youn in a poetry reading at the Bryant Park Reading Series. We hope you'll close out the summer with us at this powerhouse event! Find more info here.
Kundiman and Cave Canem will lead a panel discussion at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
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!