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.

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Rita Banerjee

Rita Banerjee (Executive Director) is author of Cracklers at Night (FLP) and A Night with Kali (Spider Road Press). She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Fordham University. Her writing appears in The Rumpus, LARBElectric Literature, VIDA, Queen Mob’s, Objet d’Art, KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and elsewhere. She has extensive training in program development and fundraising as Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, and she is committed to helping raise funds for Kundiman, overseeing programs, and promoting literature from Asian American writers.

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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.

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 


 

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 Diaspora Collective, a South Asian based arts collective he co-founded, he focuses on building community through group discussions and art collaboration.  He is a graduate of the Department of Dramatic Writing at NY Tisch.