Photos by Margarita Corporan


HONOREES
Meena Alexander • Jin Auh • Jeffrey Yang

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2019 AT 7PM

THE ACE HOTEL
20 WEST 29TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10001

“In a garden of milk and sweat, / Where all who are born go down into dark,
Where the arnica, star flower no one planted / Thrives, so too the wild rose and heliotrope.”
—Meena Alexander

This year, we celebrate a community that persists in its growth; a community where, as Meena writes, the “star flower no one planted / thrives.” Join us for a lush evening at Kundiman’s “Night Scene: The Garden” Benefit Gala, dedicated to this insistence of Asian American voices in literature. We will honor Meena Alexander, Jin Auh, and Jeffrey Yang for their accomplishments in cultivating beauty and diversity across the Asian American literary landscape. 


About our HONOREES:

Meena Alexander is the author of the poetry collections Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books, 2018), Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books, 2013), Quickly Changing River (TriQuarterly Books, 2008), Raw Silk (2004), and Illiterate Heart (2002), the winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Alexander is also the editor of Indian Love Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), the author of the novels Nampally Road (1991) and Manhattan Music (1997), and The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (1996), a volume of poems and essays. She was Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She passed away on November 21, 2018.

Jin Auh is an agent at The Wylie Agency. She was born in Seoul and lives in Brooklyn.  She serves on the Board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Jeffrey Yang is the author of the three poetry collections Hey, Marfa, Vanishing-Line, and An Aquarium. He is the translator of Bei Dao’s autobiography City Gate, Open Up, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies, Ahmatjan Osman’s Uyghurland, the Farthest Exile, and Su Shi’s East Slope. He is the editor of the poetry anthologies Birds, Beasts, and Seas and Time of Grief, as well as a volume of Walt Whitman’s poetry and prose, The Sea Is a Continual Miracle. He works as an editor for New Directions Publishing and New York Review Books, and lives in Beacon, New York.


Patron Circle
$1,000

Entry for 2 guests

Sponsors 1 fellow to attend this year's benefit

HERO ticket
$500

Entry for 2 guests

Provides funding to seed the General Scholarship Fund

Supporter Ticket
$300

Entry for 2 guests

GENERAL ADMISSION  $175

Entry for 1 guest

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAIL A CHECK INSTEAD, PLEASE SEND TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

Kundiman
Fordham University
English Department, Room 924
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023


Board of Trustees

J. Mae Barizo
Dickson Chin
Chia-Chee Chiu
Ajay Khanna
Joseph O. Legaspi
Paul Manlapig
Jackie Quan
Les Szeto
Ricco Siasoco

Junior Board

Tina Do
Melanie Elvena
Kien Lam
Jen Lue
Laura Priscilla Paule
Lynn Ramnauth
Leah Silvieus
Angela So

Benefit Committee

Cathy Linh Che
Alexis Cheung
Helli Fang
Joseph Gross
Justin Joseph
Dan Lau
Edwin Ramoran
Nadine Santoro
Leah Silvieus
Kyle Lucia Wu