CATHY LINH CHE
Cathy Linh Che (Executive Director) has worked in nonprofit administration, education, and publishing for over 15 years. In 2012, Cathy was hired as a communications consultant for Kundiman. In 2014, she became Kundiman's Managing Director. She has also worked for Kaya Press, New Directions Publishing, and Poets & Writers and has taught at New York University, The Polytechnic University at NYU, The Asian American Writers Workshop, and at Sierra Nevada College. Cathy is the author of the poetry collection Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University.
Dan Lau (Development Manager) has passionately worked with grassroots non-profits from the San Francisco Bay area to the high desert of Boise, Idaho. As a poet, he has received a Kundiman fellowship, William Dickey fellowship, and Kustra fellowship as well as grants and scholarships from APICC, GAPA Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco Arts Commission, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His poetry has appeared in Red Light Lit, Generations, Cape Cod Review, CRATE, Gesture, pacificREVIEW, RHINO, The Collagist, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry by Low Brow Press, and Colorado Review.
Kyle Lucia Wu
Kyle Lucia Wu (Programs and Communications Manager) is the publisher of Joyland and has worked for HarperCollins, Electric Literature, and The New School Writing Program. She is the recipient of an Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins fellowship and has received residencies from the Millay Colony, the Byrdcliffe Colony, and the Writing Downtown Residency in Las Vegas. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in Psychology from NYU. She teaches at Fordham University.
CRISTINA C. BALDOR
Cristina C. Baldor (Finance and Operations) is a finance and operations consultant specializing in non-profits. With experience at economic development and performing arts organizations, she develops business models and management tools that help executive staff concentrate on mission. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from NYU Wagner, and before becoming a spreadsheet aficionado was an English major and creative writer at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Rebecca John (Grants Manager) is a Brooklyn-based writer who is passionate about building the capacity of arts organizations that uplift artists and writers of color. For the past few years, she worked in communications and development at organizations building the power of New York City Asian American communities. She is interested in the intersection of community building work, art and cultural work, and movement building.
Patrick Raneses (Communications Intern) is an Dean’s Scholar at Fordham University Rose Hill as an English major and Theology minor, enthusiastic about discovering, appreciating, and promoting writers and artists of color. He is interested in the cross section of literature, critical theory, and art’s role in contemporary culture as a whole. Patrick is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is the son of Filipino American immigrants.
Suphada Rom (Grant Research & Administration Intern) is a graduate student in the Food Studies program at New York University. As a Cambodian American who grew up in rural Vermont, Suphada is deeply interested in the intersection of food and culture, especially as it is experienced by displaced people of color in rural and urban communities. She believes food is the great connector and relates people from around the world to each other. Suphada hopes to write several books in her lifetime and is grateful to be a part of the Kundiman family.
Helli Fang is an undergraduate student at Bard College, majoring in English Literature. Her senior thesis is exploring the Asian American refugee and immigrant experience in literature, specifically how memory and emotion are embodied in poetry. Her own poetry has appeared in Salt Hill Journal, The Adroit Journal, DIALOGIST, Blueshift Journal, Columbia Journal, Alexandria Quarterly, Wildness, and more, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Columbia College of Chicago, and Bennington College. She has also participated in programs such as the Iowa Young Writer’s Workshop, The Adroit Mentorship Program, and The Speakeasy Project. When Helli is not writing, she enjoys playing the violin and climbing trees.
Joseph Gross is an aspiring physician-scientist and poet. He has worked as an ecological research assistant, volunteered alongside AmeriCorps, and been published in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action. Joseph has previously served as Communications and Development Intern at Kundiman and will be starting his MFA in Poetry at Queens College, CUNY in the fall. He is interested in the intersection of healthcare, storytelling, and activism.