Kundiman at AWP 2014

Kundiman is an official Literary Sponsor of the 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Seattle, WA


Enter the Poet: Kaya Press & Kundiman Party at AWP 2014


Friday, February 28, 7:30-10:00pm

Nagomi Tea House
519 6th Ave S #200,
Seattle, WA 98104
[1.1 miles from the Convention Center]

Kaya Press and Kundiman are joining forces at this year’s AWP Conference to bring you ENTER THE POET: Newly Published Writers Celebrate Bruce Lee — a reading and party featuring a diverse group of writers with new books in Seattle’s historic International District — Lee’s home turf. This party is also to celebrate Kaya Press’s 20th year of publishing innovative Asian Pacific American literature. Come for an incredible line-up of writers, drinks, Bruce Lee projections, and more!

Hosted by Samantha Chanse

Featuring Jason BayaniTamiko BeyerMichelle Chan BrownCathy Linh CheR. Erica DoyleTarfia FaizullahW. Todd KanekoSally Wen MaoDavid Tomas MartinezVikas MenonFeliz Lucia MolinaMatthew OlzmannAmarnath RavvaMg RobertsBrynn Saito, Nicky Sa-eun SchildkrautR.A. Villanueva, & Koon Woon

Kundiman is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American poetry. Our programs include an annual poetry retreat, a book prize in partnership with Alice James Books, a national reading series, and Kavad, a multi-faceted storytelling program comprised of community interviews, public readings, educational workshops, online media, and new creative writing by Asian American poets.

Kaya Press is an independent not-for-profit publisher of Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic literature. Founded in 1994, we are dedicated to the publication of new and innovative fiction, poetry, critical essays, art, and culture, and the recovery of important and overlooked work from the Pacific Rim and the API diaspora.


Kundiman will be at the Bookfair. Stop by and see us at Booth 106.





Panel & Reading


Saturday, March 1st, 3-4:15pm
Room 602/603, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

Race and Belonging: Navigating the MFA Program as a Writer of Color 

with Sejal Shah, Eduardo C. CorralCrystal Ann WilliamsJon Pineda, & Tim Seibles

How does one navigate the literary world as a writer of color? Often, the MFA and the publishing world exclude, exoticize, tokenize, and even deride the experiences of writers of color. This panel—with representatives from Kundiman, CantoMundo, and Cave Canem—will provide a place to air out and discuss systemic problems but also will serve as a space to discuss solutions.

Saturday, March 1st, 4:30-5:45pm
Ballroom E, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

Ecstatic Lyric: A Reading and Conversation with Mary Ruefle and Brenda Shaughnessy.


Sponsored by Kundiman and Wave Books

Two of the country’s preeminent poets read from their work and discuss the lyric sensibility, obsessions (poetic and otherwise), and what American poetry needs the most. Moderated by poet and editor Matthew Zapruder.