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 Director) 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) has received the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins fellowship and residencies from the Millay Colony, the Byrdcliffe Colony, the Writing Downtown Residency in Las Vegas, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Guernica, and BOMB Magazine. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in Psychology from NYU. She teaches at Fordham University and The New School.
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.
Helli Fang (Communications Intern) 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.
DJ (Diana Jihye) Kim (Programs Intern) is a graduate student at CUNY Brooklyn College’s MFA program in fiction. She has a BA and MA from Seton Hall University in English and creative writing. As a Korean American immigrant, she is interested in exploring the Asian American immigrant narrative, particularly the effects on the family unit after assimilating to a new language and culture. She has also interned at One Story and currently teaches at Brooklyn College.
Shannie Rao (Grants Intern) is a sophomore at Fordham University at Lincoln Center where she is studying English and film. Coming from a mixed race family, she’s interested in how Asian American literature can expose people to their own and surroundings cultures in ways they weren’t before. Her own writing has been published in the (un)common sense digital chapbook.