Join Vickie Vértiz and Muriel Leung in a generative writing workshop that explores collage and fragments to illustrate the unreliability of memory in the personal essay.
Join us on October 5th at the Ace Hotel for our Annual Benefit Gala, “Night Scene: The Garden,” a celebration of growth and vision in Asian American writing. Come enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and the company of Kundiman fellows as we honor Meena Alexander, Jin Auh, and Jeffrey Yang for their myriad accomplishments in the Asian American literary landscape. Tickets and more information available here.
Join Kundiman NorCal for a Potluck & Salon!
Kundiman and Project X are proud to invite you to our first ever Bronx Poetry & Arts Block Party entitled Yerrrrr Issa Festival, a free day long celebration of poetry, music, art, and community in the South Bronx!
Help increase the visibility and accessibility of Asian American literature online in this Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon run by Kundiman & Wikimedia DC!
Pacific Islander Poetry Reading with William Nu'utupu Giles, Christopher James Sablan Diaz, Lee Kava, and Terisa Siagatonu
Join Will Nu'utupu Giles, Christopher James Sablan Diaz, Lee Kava, and Terisa Siagatonu for a reading and panel which shares the work of poets from across the Pacific diaspora at Asian American Literature Festival!
We’re partnering with the New York Public Library’s Parkchester branch to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month with a Bangladeshi American reading.
Join Kundiman as we work to highlight Asian American literature on Wikipedia!
In celebration of Earth Day, we’re joining an event at Seattle Arts & Lectures that engages eco-poetics as a form of political resistance. The event also serves as the launch of the Copper Canyon Press anthology HERE: Poems for the Planet. The reading and discussion features poets who have written with urgency and hope about the natural world, and is supported by Cave Canem, CantoMundo, and Kundiman. Purchase tickets and read more about the event here.
Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Artist’s Daughter (2002), The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006), Toxic Flora (2010), and Brain Fever (2014). Hahn is the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hahn teaches in the MFA program at Queens College. In 2016, she was elected president of the Poetry Society of America.
Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. He is the author of two books: Puerta del Sol and Glow of Our Sweat, as well as editor of the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. His third book, After Rubén, is slated for publication in 2020. His Tongue a Swath of Sky, a chapbook, is due out in 2019. He’s been a featured poet at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival and the Dodge Poetry Festival. In 2017, he was a finalist for Split This Rock’s Freedom Plow Award for poetry and activism. A CantoMundo fellow and a member of the Macondo Writers’ workshop, he directs Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. For more information, visit franciscoaragon.net.
The Fordham English Department, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and Kundiman are sponsoring Kindred: A Summit at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus. All POC identified students and faculty are invited to join us as we discuss visibility of POC communities at Fordham, meet with and hear from POC clubs and organizations, and connect with professionals who work within the arts. The discussion will feature Cave Canem's Ama Codjoe, Kundiman's Cathy Linh Che, CantoMundo's Deborah Paredez, and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
The event is open to Fordham University students and faculty. Dinner will be provided.
For the next installment in our series of Creative Nonfiction Intensives, Kundiman is excited to present the Personal Essay Intensive with Larissa Pham! This two-day workshop will focus on writing from one’s life, as well conducting research to strengthen themes within a piece. The Personal Essay Intensive will be limited to 15 participants and will be held at The Ace Hotel New York’s Boardroom. You can register here. Thank you to The Ace Hotel New York for their support of this event!
Six Kundiman fellows will present their new books/chapbooks and hold a reading!
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
See all of our AWP19 programs here.
Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), winner of the the Philip Levine Prize, as well as a poetry chapbook, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016), an Elgin Prize winner. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, curator of Have Book Will Travel, and host of the podcast series, The Lit Fantastic. He also co-directs De-Canon: A Visibility Project & Library, which showcases the work of writers of color in a physical archive while also providing an online exploration of the intersection of race and literary production and canon-making. His poetry has appeared in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals and anthologies.
A Canadian of Chinese, Scottish,and English ancestry, Neil was born in British Columbia, and grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of the western United States and Canada. He holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, as well as a BS in Computer Science with a Mathematics minor from Brigham Young University. With Ming Di, he co-translated The Book of Cranes: Selected Poems of Zang Di, 1984-2015 (Vagabond AU 2015), and his collaborative translations of other mainland Chinese poets are also prominently featured in New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012 (Tupelo 2013). He was awarded the DJS Translation Prize in 2011. Neil presently serves as a board member of Poetry East West, and on advisory committees for the Portland Book Festival and the East Portland Arts & Literary Festival. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon where he works as a freelance creative writing coach and workshop facilitator. (www.neil-aitken.com)
Shamala Gallagher is a poet and essayist who is working on a novel. Her recent work appears in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, The Missouri Review, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, Copper Nickel, West Branch, The Offing, and The Rumpus, among other journals, as well as in the anthologies Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art (2015) and Bettering American Poetry vol. 2 (2018). Her chapbook I Learned the Language of Barbs and Sparks No One Spoke was published by dancing girl press in 2015. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin, and she has received fellowships from Kundiman, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. She has worked as a case manager for homeless families in San Francisco and for HIV+ individuals in Austin, TX. She has volunteered and worked in several domestic violence shelters, and she has taught writing workshops in public schools and community centers. She currently teaches creative and critical writing at the University of Georgia in Athens, where she's pursuing a PhD in English.
Born in Berkeley and home in diaspora from California and Taipei to Atlanta, New York, and Tianjin, Vanessa Huang is a multimedia poet, artist, and cultural worker whose practice inherits teachings from the prison industrial complex abolition, gender liberation, and intersecting social justice movements. For over 15 years, Vanessa has worked to shift cultural narratives and strategies based in fear, violence, and exploitation towards realities centering love, vision, and transformation. Vanessa’s deejaying extends this practice, continuing to conjure public/digital space for sonic healing and freedom dreams.
quiet of chorus (UpSet Press 2018) is Vanessa’s debut poetry collection. Vanessa has received literary fellowships from Kundiman and Macondo, holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from Brown University, and has worked with racial, economic, and trans/gender justice organizations with a focus on decarceration, homecoming, and transformative justice. Vanessa’s interdisciplinary work and writings have conversed through community organizing, printmaking, and rallies; film, choreography, and sonic performance; letters to/from prison and with bread delivery through a community supported bakery subscription newsletter; and a range of publications including critical race and gender studies journals, magazines, and the anthologies Abolition Now: Ten Years of Strategy Against the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2008), Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011), Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-Genre Press, 2015).
Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant (Henry Holt). Her work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, Guernica, Glimmer Train, Bon Appetit, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.
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.
Monica Youn, author of Blackacre, Ignatz, and Barter and former lawyer, will read her poetry, which explores new territories of art, meaning, and feeling. Youn has been called “one of the two or three most brilliant poets working in America today”; her work has won numerous awards, including the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America.
She will be joined by Seattle poet-activist and civil rights lawyer Shankar Narayan, whose work grapples with identity, belonging, and power.
This reading is presented in partnership with 4Culture through the Claiming Space project, which aims to lift the voices of writers of color throughout King County.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her previous poetry collections are Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress, as well as residencies at Civitella Ranieri, the Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio, Yaddo, and MacDowell. A former lawyer and the daughter of Korean immigrants, she currently teaches at Princeton University and in the Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence MFA programs.
Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is the winner of the 2017 Flyway Sweet Corn Poetry Prize and has been a fellow at Kundiman, Jack Straw, and Hugo House. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.
"White supremacy, slavery, genocide, and colonization have shaped our here and now in a myriad of ways––we inherit history and the material conditions of power and privilege produced by it. Grace Lee Boggs said 'Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass.' This call to make critical connections with one another is the heart of solidarity – it is the fire of knowing that our liberation is intertwined with one another’s." –– Jai Dulani
This month, Kundiman has created a Poetry & Democracy Action Calendar for the Poetry Coalition's March programming. We've enlisted 4 curators to create folios of material for each week. This week, Dulani delves into the rich history of Asian American solidarity. See the whole week here! Read more about our Poetry Coalition project on our website.