In collaboration with the Poetry Coalition, Kundiman and over 40 organizations nationwide are creating programming on the theme of Poetry & Democracy during the month of March. Each year, Kundiman also takes part in a Postcard Project, where a community of our fellows commits to writing a postcard a day throughout the month of March. Additionally, this year Kundiman created an Action Calendar that focuses on Immigration, Documentation, Asian American Activism, and Solidarity; each week will include an introduction, a folio of poems, a writing prompt, and direct actions.
At this event on March 17th, we'll be writing postcards, thinking about action items and democracy, and engaging in writing prompts. Come prepared to write postcards to loved ones as well as in service to the community. Henry Wei Leung, author of Goddess of Democracy (Omnidawn 2017), will be present to frame our understanding of democracy through his work and lead the group through a writing prompt.
Henry Wei Leung is the author of Goddess of Democracy (Omnidawn, 2017), a poetry finalist for the 2018 PEN America Literary Award—Los Angeles. He is also the translator of Wawa’s Pei Pei the Monkey King (Tinfish, 2016). He has been awarded Kundiman, Soros, and Fulbright Fellowships, among others. He recently dropped out of a Ph.D. program to pursue a J.D. at Berkeley Law, where he volunteers his time at the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic. He will be working at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office this summer.