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, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The New Republic 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 Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Millay Colony and Byrdcliffe Colony. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and teaches at Fordham University.
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.
Rebecca John (Grants Manager) is a Brooklyn-based writer who is passionate about building the capacity of arts organizations that uplift artists and writers of color. For the past few years, she worked in communications and development at organizations building the power of New York City Asian American communities. She is interested in the intersection of community building work, art and cultural work, and movement building.
Cristina Pardo (Development Intern) is a current junior at Fordham University, where she is studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is the founder of the university’s Students for Disability Advocacy Club, as well as its acting president on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. She dedicates much of her time to carving out new spaces for marginalized voices and honing her literary technique.
Emily Bang's (Grant Writing Intern) first experience writing was an attempt at survival. She was on the run from a motorcycle gang and knew her legs couldn’t outrun them. She drew a sign that said, "Emily went that way" and there was an arrow pointing in some direction. The motorcyclists went off, not knowing they’d been fooled by the power of words. Recently she has made headlines as the lead singer/songwriter of a punk/emo band, receiving rave reviews for her first single "Splinter Fountains." Her college statement was a variation on one of her songs "Four years, your fears."
Aaron Lascano (Programs & Communications Intern) is a Latino game designer and writer based in New York City. His creative works have won awards at the Golden Gloves Literary Competition, and he has been published in The Comma, Fordham University's literary magazine, and Eloquentia Perfecta, Fordham University's annual collection of outstanding essays. He can currently be found working on a novel and on a soon-to-be-released podcast.