Established in 2018, Kundiman's Junior board provides an opportunity for passionate young professionals to build their leadership skills while giving back to the community through non-profit board service. Functioning under the guidance of our Board of Trustees and Development staff, the Junior Board works to sustainably grow the Kundiman community in new and innovative ways.
Tina is an accounting manager at Spark Networks SE, a global online dating company, where she leads the North America accounting operations. Originally hailing from Houston, Texas, she has her B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University, and M.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston. Tina has been drawn to Kundiman’s vision due to her own past experience, and is dedicated in contributing to the goal of creating a community for current and future Asian American writers and readers.
Melanie Elvena is an arts producer and curator creating cultural programs all over the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to connect creatives, support artists, and build community along the way. With an intersectional background in music, dance, theater, and visual arts, she received her B.A. in Art History from UC Irvine with an emphasis in Contemporary Art and has since worked with arts organizations like Kearny Street Workshop, Asian American Women Artists Association, and Bindlestiff Studio. Melanie currently serves as Artistic Director at Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Junior Board Member for Kundiman.
Kien Lam is a Kundiman Fellow and a 2017 Best New Poet. He received his MFA in Poetry from Indiana University. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from the American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he writes about esports.
Jen Lue is a Chinese American writer and has worked in the finance departments for David Zwirner Gallery and The Moth. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of awards and residencies from Asian American Writer's Workshop, Jerome Foundation and VONA/Voices, among others. She received her M.F.A. in memoir from Hunter College and her B.A. in Art History and English Writing from University of Pittsburgh. She currently lives in New York where she also serves on the board of the literary journal Epiphany.
Laura priscilla paule
Laura Priscilla Paule is a San Francisco Bay Area native with a degree in Film Studies and minor in Communications from UC Davis. Since 2012, Paule worked as an arts producer and artist with local Bay Area Asian American arts organizations including Kearny Street Workshop, Center for Asian American Media, Asian American Women Artists Association and Bindlestiff Studio. Paule currently works for the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Paule strives to support the arts community in various capacities in order to provide opportunities that foster social consciousness, equitable representation, and cultural enrichment for underserved communities and for artists developing their craft.
Lynn Ramnauth is an educator who works with Mandarin learners of all ages to develop a love for language and culture. She first received B.A. degrees in both Cultural Anthropology and East Asian Studies (emphasis on China) from University of California, Santa Cruz, and after 3 years of teaching Mandarin at the Waldorf School, decided to pursue that passion. In 2009, Lynn completed her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at New York University and has taught at renowned schools Lycée Français de New York, Avenues: The World School, and Friends Seminary. She believes that her upbringing on the East Coast, West Coast, and China contributed to shaping her identity and fostering her love for language; she currently is involved in building justice, diversity and equality in the education field for both students and educators.
Leah Silvieus is the author of two chapbooks, Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Season of Dares (forthcoming from Bull City Press in fall 2018). Her full-length book of poetry was a finalist for the Kundiman, Orison Books, and Agape Editions book prizes and is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2019. Her recent poetry and criticism have appeared in Harvard Review Online, AAWW's The Margins and Fourway Review among others. She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets and Fulbright and serves as a mentor on The Brooklyn Poets Bridge. She received her bachelor’s degree in literature from Whitworth University and holds an MFA from the University of Miami. She currently travels between New York and Florida as a yacht Chief Stewardess and serves as Books Editor at Hyphen magazine.
Angela So is a Cambodian American writer with an MFA in fiction from The Ohio State University. Her prose has been published in Glimmer Train, Day One, and The Pinch. She has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently, she is the Communications and Development Coordinator at Writers in the Schools.