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.

MINDY WONG

Mindy Wong (Manager) is a nonfiction writer and is currently working on a memoir about Chinatown. Superstitions, cultural taboos, and storytelling to cope with loss and silence are central themes in her writing. With her background in nonprofit work and passion for supporting creative programs in Asian American communities, she is excited to be a part of the Kundiman team. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and recently completed her Master of Science in Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College.

 

 

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DAN LAU

Dan Lau (Development Manager) has completed a MA in English with a focus in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a BA in English from Hunter College of City University of New York. For the past 6 years, he 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 is forthcoming in Colorado Review.

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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. 

 

 

SALEEM GONDAL

Saleem Gondal (Development Intern) is a creative nonfiction writer, screenwriter, and filmmaker based in New York. His writing has been published in Brown Girl Magazine, The Good Men Project, Within Our Gaze, Things Created by People and No Home Journal. You can follow him at his blog, The Mellow Dramatist or on his Vimeo page. His work addresses climate change, xenophobia, racism and through the South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC), of which he is a managing member, he focuses on building community through group discussions and art collaboration. He is a graduate of the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch.

 

 

TAYLOR WEBER

Taylor Weber (Communications Intern) is a senior at Fordham University, where she studies English and Creative Writing with a particular interest in experimental fiction. When she's not trying to be a writer, she spends her free time trying to be a musician.