Sierra Nevada College

kundiman poet in residence

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College has partnered with Kundiman to offer an annual Writer-in-Residence opportunity. Each January, a Kundiman fellow will spend a month at SNC, where they present a public reading, participate in the MFA Winter Residency, and are available to the English department. At the same time, we hope that the college’s intellectual resources and the beauty of the Tahoe area will create ample time and space for the writer’s own creative process. The Kundiman Poet in Residence receives a $2,000 stipend and room. 

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past recipients

Lo Kwa Mei-en 

"I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am for the time given to me by the Kundiman Residency at Sierra Nevada College. The opportunity to focus on my work in the natural beauty near Lake Tahoe was a gift, and having access to Prim Library made such a positive impact on my time there. In addition, the time spent with the SNC faculty and students during the MFA residency was meaningful to me; the community acts as a family, and extended such a welcome to me that it was hard to see them go."


cathy linh che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize.

"To be a daughter, a survivor, and a poet are all aligned in the need “to rewrite everything,” a need that Che navigates with brutality and tenderness, devastation and irrepressible endurance." 

–Publishers Weekly


brynn saito

Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press (2013). She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions (2013). Her work has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed, and has appeared inVirginia Quarterly ReviewNinth LetterHayden’s Ferry Review, and Pleiades. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Sofia University.