Fordham University, Rose Hill
New York City
June 19 – 23, 2019

Application Period: December 1st – January 15th
This project is made possible by lead funding from Fordham University, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Li-Young Lee at the Kundiman Retreat


In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets and writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations with fellows. Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings are also scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American writers. This five-day Retreat takes place from Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops will not exceed six students.



A nationally renowned Asian American writer facilitates each Master Class workshop. Fellows are assigned a home group for the duration of the retreat and the faculty rotates in the workshopping of each home group. The Kundiman Retreat is generative in nature and so Master Classes are focused on new work that is written at the Retreat. Master Classes include a craft talk, readings and prompts / exercises to generate this new work. Poetry fellows will receive a manuscript consultation on a 10 page manuscript. Fiction fellows will receive a manuscript consultation on a 15 page manuscript. Our hope is that fellows are able to forge a deeper relationship to their artistic process and are able to encounter their work with renewed focus and energy.  



The Kundiman Retreat is held at Fordham University's beautiful Rose Hill Campus located in the Bronx, NYC.

If you have any questions about accessibility or if you need any accommodations, please email


The Retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as Asian American. 



The non-refundable tuition fee is $375. Room and board provided free to accepted fellows.
The application fee is $25.



To learn about Retreat logistics, please visit:



Between December 1st and January 15th, apply to the Kundiman Retreat by clicking on one of the below buttons. Submit a cover letter and brief writing sample 5–7 pages of poetry or 5 pages of prose (1250 words max)]. Notification on application status will be given by February 28th.  



Due to the generosity of social justice organizations and community giving circles we will be able to offer a range of tuition and travel scholarships for our summer retreat. See below for more information about the scholarship eligibility requirements.

PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize

  • PAWA's Manuel G. Flores Prize Fund continues to provide annual scholarships to two Filipino American Kundiman fellows to attend the retreat. For more information about Manuel G. Flores click here.

The Freya Project

  • The Freya Project is a fundraising reading series started in the wake of the 2016 election as a way to try and unify women in our fractured country. TFP's generous contribution provides travel grants to assist fellows attending the retreat. For more information on The Freya Project click here.

West Coast Kundiman Tuition Scholarship

  • A tradition of care initiated by fellow, Margaret Rhee, West Coast fellows have continued to raise funds independently for one fellow, who demonstrates need and resides on the west coast, to attend the retreat tuition-free.


Frequently Asked questions

Q: Can I apply in both genres?
A: Yes, you may apply in both poetry and fiction, but should submit a separate application for each genre.

Q: I am a current Kundiman fellow/alum. Can I return to Kundiman, but study under a different genre than the one I was accepted into?
A: In order to study in a different genre, returning fellows will need to submit an application in that genre.

Q: I'm a creative nonfiction writer. Can I apply to the retreat?
A: Unfortunately, at the moment, Kundiman only has the capacity to offer spaces at the retreat for those writing poetry and fiction. 

Q: Can I receive feedback on my application?
A: Unfortunately, because Kundiman is a small nonprofit with limited staff, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

Q. Can I submit an excerpt of a longer piece of writing?
A. Absolutely!  You can include a cover page that notes that your submission is an excerpt.

Q. Can I apply if I live outside of the U.S.?
A. We welcome everyone who self-identifies as Asian to apply.  

Other questions? E-mail:

2019 Faculty will be announced soon!

2018 Poetry Faculty

Purchase a copy of our 2018 faculty's books here!

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신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, Korea, during 박 정 희 Park Chung-hee's military dictatorship, and grew up in the Chicago area. She is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, author of poetry collections Unbearable Splendor (winner of a Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (winner of an Asian American Literary Award), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. She lives in Minneapolis.


Monica Youn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently BLACKACRE (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award and was longlisted for the National Book Award, as well as being named one of the best poetry collections of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post and BuzzFeed. Her previous book IGNATZ (Four Way Books 2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have been widely published, including in PoetryThe New YorkerThe New Republic,Lana TurnerThe Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she was raised in Houston, Texas, and now lives in New York.

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C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. He is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent being The Halo and Torn (Four Way Books 2016, 2011), and a novel in stories The Affliction (Four Way Books 2018). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, he is the 2017 recipient of the Hanes Award given by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His poetry has appeared in many literary magazines and journals and has been included in several editions of The Best American Poetry. He lives in San Francisco.

2018 Fiction Faculty

Purchase a copy of our 2018 faculty's books here!


lê thi diem thúy is a writer and performance artist. Born in southern Vietnam and raised in southern California, she often explores in her work the role of the body as the site of memory. She is the author of the novel The Gangster We Are All Looking For, and the solo performance works Red Fiery Summer, the bodies between us, and Carte Postale.  She has been awarded residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and United States Artists.

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Jon Pineda’s new novel Let’s No One Get Hurt is forthcoming in March 2018 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and recently received a “starred review” from Booklist.  His debut novel Apology won the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and his memoir Sleep in Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was named a “Best Books of 2010” by Library Journal.  He is also the author of three poetry collections: Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award, The Translator’s Diary, winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose, and Birthmark, winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.  He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and is on faculty at the University of Mary Washington.

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Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, Anime Wong:  Fictions of Performance, and forthcoming, Letters to Memory, all published by Coffee House Press.  I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award.  She received a US Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship and is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.