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.
Suzanne Sim (Grant Research & Administration Intern) believes that nurturing a diversity of Asian diasporic narratives is essential to the development of healthy, hyphenated identities and their accompanying lived experiences. Suzanne studied Writing, Studio Art, and Communication at DePauw University. She enjoys cooperative board games, puzzles with no straightforward answers, and cooking with friends. Suzanne is a Flushing native, a Posse Scholar, an educator, and a daughter of Chinese-Singaporean immigrants.
Aaron Lascano (Programs Intern) is a Latino writer and game designer based in NYC. As a writer, he enjoys utilizing speculative settings to undermine authority and explore marginalized perspectives. As a designer, he is currently experimenting with systems explicitly crafted for the purpose of producing and complicating narrative. He swears that, one day, he’ll finish a project and post it on his Itch.io storefront. He just needs to figure out NYC’s sales tax policies first.
Jenna Peng (Development Intern) is a recent college graduate who is very much clutching to the term “recent” to explain and excuse the wonderful openness/terrifying abyss of post-grad life. In addition to working as a youth educator and an Asian American Literary Review editorial assistant, she is a frequent reader and occasional writer of poetry. In her free time, she likes to contemplate the apocalyptic compliances and ordinary transformations of postcolonial, posthuman ways of being. Also tennis. She likes playing tennis.