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Kundiman Forever Reading

  • Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop 141 Front St Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)

Visiting retreat fellows Jason Bayani, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Franny Choi & Shelley Wong are reading at the night before the Kundiman retreat in celebration of our community. We would love to see visiting and local Kundis and friends!

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Press. He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo show, "Locus of Control" in 2016.

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry. She has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation, and her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2015, The Georgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. She serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show.

Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the forthcoming chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post and PBS NewsHour, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, the Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is a Project VOICE teaching artist and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Shelley Wong is the author of RARE BIRDS, a winner of the 2016 Diode Editions chapbook award. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Fairy Tale Review, The Volta, Sixth Finch, Southern Humanities Review, Vinyl, and elsewhere.A Kundiman fellow and a Pushcart Prize recipient, she has received scholarships from Fine Arts Work Center and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and a BA from UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland, California.

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Earlier Event: June 17
Creative Nonfiction Intensive 2017
Later Event: June 21
2017 Kundiman Retreat