Profiles

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Sarah Gambito

Sarah Gambito (Co-Founder) is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books) and Delivered (Persea Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Creative Writing Program at Brown University. A recipient of grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony, she is Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University.

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Joseph O. Legaspi

Joseph O. Legaspi (Co-Founder) is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press), winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared and/or are forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Poets & Writers, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he resides in Queens, NY and works as Assistant to the Administrator at The Pulitzer Prizes.

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Jennifer Chang

Jennifer Chang (Co-Chair, Advisory Board) is the author of The History of Anonymity (Georgia, 2008). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Best American Poetry 2012, Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, and A Public Space, and she writes about poetry for the Los Angeles Review of Books. The recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, she teaches creative writing and literature at George Washington University.

 

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Oliver de la Paz

Oliver de la Paz (Co-Chair, Advisory Board) has taught at Arizona State University, Gettysburg College, Utica College, and he currently teaches creative writing at Western Washington University. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, his work has appeared in journals such as Quarterly West, The Asian Pacific American Journal, North American Review, and elsewhere. His book of prose and verse, Names Above Houses, was a winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series and published by Southern Illinois University Press. His second book, Furious Lullaby, is the editor’s selection for 2007, published by Southern Illinois University.

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.

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DAN LAU

For the past 7 years, Dan Lau (Development Manager) 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.

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Kyle Lucia Wu

Kyle Lucia Wu (Programs and Communications Manager) is the publisher of Joyland and has worked for HarperCollins, Electric Literature, and The New School Writing Program. She is the recipient of an Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins fellowship and has received residencies from Millay Colony and Byrdcliffe Colony. She is the events correspondent for Literary Hub and a PEN prison writing mentor. She holds an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in psychology from New York University.

 

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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Trina Estavillo

Trina Estavillo (Interim Programs & Communications Associate) is an aspiring event coordinator and social media marketer. Born and raised in Yonkers, she holds a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Stony Brook University. Her past experience includes internships and staff positions at the Pilipino Unity for Progress (UniPro), Inc., the Asian American Arts Alliance, and, most recently, the Jewish Museum. 

 

 

 

 

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Jo Lou

Jo Lou (Programs Intern) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated in English Literature and Psychology. She is an editorial intern at Electric Literature and previously a social media & communications intern at the Brooklyn Book Festival. She is dedicated to advancing the works of literary nonprofits. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jamaal Armstrong

Jamaal Armstrong (Grant Writing Intern) is a Senior Narrative Studies major at the University of Southern California. He's interned with Kaya Press, an independent publisher whose clutches he's not managed to escape for the past four years. He is dedicated to working in spaces that further the reaches of the Asian diasporic literary community. 

 

 

 

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JUSTIN JOSEPH

Justin Joseph (Development Intern) is a graduate student at Columbia University, where he is focusing on postcolonial literature and South Asia. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas. He has previously interned for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and desires to continue advancing visibility for underrepresented voices. 

 

 

 

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Nadine Santoro

Nadine Santoro (Communications Intern) is a senior studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Fordham University. She has served as a Contributing Writer and Story Editor for the Fordham Observer, and dedicates much of her time to activism, holding a leadership position in Fordham Women's Empowerment for the third consecutive year.