2013-14 Kundiman Readings and Appearances


March 9, 2013

Kundiman: 10-Year Celebration of Lovesongs, Verses, and Books

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Boston, MA
Saturday, March 9, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m, Alice Hoffman Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Hall D 
(Joseph O. Legaspi, Cathy Linh Che, Matthew Olzmann, Brynn Saito and Sharon Suzuki-Martinez)

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Kundiman continues to foster and champion emerging Asian American voices, resulting in multiple book, chapbook, print and online publications by Kundiman fellows. In partnership with Alice James Books, Kundiman also sponsors The Kundiman Poetry Prize, which guarantees annually a book publication by an Asian American poet. Through caring openness and poetic rigor, Kundiman has built a vital, dynamic community that is transforming the literary landscape.


March 17, 2013

Kundiman & Verlaine Reading

Open Bar from 4-5 pm
Reading beings at 5 pm
$5 donation

110 Rivington St.
(Ludlow & Essex Sts.)
F train to Delancey

Seni Seneviratne, Mandy Gor, & Kit Yan read.



May 9, 2013

Kundiman Prize Reading


Join us as we come together to celebrate Matthew Olzmann's Mezzanines, recently published by Alice James Books!

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Fordham University (map)
  • 113 W. 60th Street, South Lounge, NYC

 Facebook event page here: 




May 19, 2013

Kundiman & Verlaine Reading

Open Bar from 4-5 pm
Reading beings at 5 pm
$5 donation

110 Rivington St.
(Ludlow & Essex Sts.)
F train to Delancey

Jennifer Hayashida, Arhm Choi, & Youna Kwak read.


June 15, 2013

Writing Race & Belonging: A Live Monument 1


As part of Writing On It All, Kundiman is sponsoring a creative enactment of tolerance and belonging for poets of color.  In this live "monument," one group of poets will write a collaborative poem centering on their experience of racism which will alternate between an exquisite corpse (poets writing in succession) and an exploded poem (poets writing at the same time) on a projected new media space.  A second group of poets will select portions of the projected new media poem to act as first lines for their own pieces which will be centered on their and their families' experience of making a home in America.  This second group of poets will write their poems in paint on wall paper that has been hung around the perimeter of the space.  What we aim to create is the sensation that acts of violence and racism figured through new media are absorbed through the more physicalized poems of home and belonging that are painted throughout the space.  Throughout this staged writing, there will be readings from the books of Asian American poets and writers.  

Saturday, June 15
12 - 3 pm
Governor's Island


For more information, go here:  http://writingonitall.com/


June 21, 2013

2013 Kundiman Faculty and Fellows Readng


Come and celebrate as Kundiman's 2013 Faculty and Fellows read at Lincoln Center during Kundiman's 10th Annual Poetry Retreat. Li-Young Lee, Srikanth Reddy, and Lee Ann Roripaugh will read.

Friday, June 21st
7:00 pm
Fordham Lincoln Center 113 W. 60th Street (at Columbus Avenue)
12th Floor Lounge

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/607583239253868/

Take A, B, C, D & 1 trains to Columbus Circle.

Exit at 60th Street & Broadway. Go west of Columbus Avenue. Upon entering the glass doors inform the security desk that you are attending the Asian American Poetry event.  Take escalators up 1 floor to Plaza level.  Take elevator up to the 11th floor.  Take stairs 1 flight up to the 12th Floor.  Enter 12th Floor Lounge


July 6, 2013

Beast Crawl Reading: Kundiman & Manifest


5 pm
2300 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA

Join the next generation of Kundiman Asian American Poets and Manifest Reading Series Poets who will mix it up for an evening of I Ching, Memory, Cats, Comics, Sex, and Magic poems! Laughs, Tears, Wonder, and Vocal-Visual Fireworks will abound! 

Manifest Reading and Workshop Series seeks to foster a collaborative and experimental community of artists and writers


July 17, 2013

Writing Race & Belonging, a Protest Poem for Trayvon Martin

To stand in solidarity with Trayvon Martin and his family and to speak on the national debate on civil rights and racial profiling, Kundiman will be writing a protest poem both virtually and as part of our Writing Race & Belonging presentation at the  Gramsci Monument sponsored by Dia Art Foundation. Poets of color from around the country will participate in this poetic vigil for Trayvon Martin. You'll be able to view the virtual poem as it unfolds in real time on this webpage below. Hit the refresh button on your browser to view the updated content.

Wednesday, July 17
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gramsci Monument is located on the grounds of Forest Houses, off Tinton Avenue between 163rd and 165th Streets.


  • Subway: 2, 5 at Prospect Avenue
  • Head north on Prospect Avenue
  • Turn left onto 163rd Street
  • Pass Union Avenue
  • Turn right onto Tinton Avenue
  • Take first left onto pedestrian pathway leading into Forest Houses


July 28, 2013

Kundiman & Cave Canem Reading

July 28, 3:10pm
Cave Canem & Kundiman at the New York Poetry Festival

Cave Canem fellows Angel Nafis and Laura Yes Yes team up with Kundiman poets Tarfia Faizullah and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai for a reading at the New York Poetry Festival, the Poetry Society of New York's annual, two-day celebration of New York City's vibrant poetry community. The event will feature over 50 poetry organizations and 200 poets on its three stages; local booksellers, artists and craftmakers; food and drink; and poetry-inspired installation art. For a full schedule and line-up, visit poetrysocietyny.org.

Governors Island
Colonel's Row
New York, NY

September 8, 2013

Kundiman & Verlaine Reading

Open Bar from 4-5 pm
Open Mic from 4:30-5pm
Reading begins at 5 pm
$5 donation

110 Rivington St.
(Ludlow & Essex Sts.)
F train to Delancey

Nina Sharma, Sho Sugita, & Jenny Xie read.

September 27, 2013

Kundiman Reading at NYU

5:00 p.m


Kazim Ali, April Naoko Heck & Srikanth Reddy read.

“Sky Ward” (Wesleyan University Press, 2013) is Kazim Ali’s third book of poetry. Srikanth Reddy is most recently the author of “Voyager” (University of California Press, 2011). With an introductory reading by April Naoko Heck (“A Nuclear Family,” UpSet Press, 2013). Co-sponsored with Kundiman and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

September 28, 2013

Kundiman Bay Area Reading

4:30 pm

Eastwind Books of Berkeley (map)
2066 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Ocean Vuong,  Debbie Yee, Margaret Rhee, Truong Tran, and Tamiko Beyer read.
Hosted by Dan Lau.

October 5, 2013

Kundiman Marathon Poetry Reading at AAWW's PageTurnerFest

11 am-12 pm

YWCA Community Room
30 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217


This special marathon reading presents some of the best emerging Asian American poets.

Featuring Michelle Chan Brown (Double Agent), Evan Chen, Vanessa Huang, Cynthia Arrieu-King (Manifest), Jee Leong Koh (Seven Studies for a Self Portrait), Sally Wen Mao (Mad Honey Symposium), Alison Park, Purvi Shah (Terrain Tracks), R.A. Villanueva (Reliquaria), and Cathy Linh Che (Split ).

October 5, 2013

Kundiman Poetry Booth at AAWW's PageTurnerFest

1 pm - 2 pm

YWCA Ground Floor Meeting Room
30 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Want a poem written for you? We’re taking requests. Meet some hot emerging poets and give them a prompt. They’ll write a poem for you on the spot. Featuring Hossannah Asuncion (Fragments of Loss), Evan Chen, Cynthia Arrieu-King (Manifest), Sally Wen Mao (Mad Honey Symposium), and Cathy Linh Che, the winner of the 2012 Kundiman First Book Prize.

October 18, 2013

Kundiman at the Second Filipino American International Book Festival in San Francisco

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Paley Conference Room, 3rd Floor

1:45–2:45 Writing Workshops: Kundiman and VONA. Informational panel about Kundiman, a New York-based organization offering annual writing workshops for Asian American poets and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), dedicated to the nurturing of writers-of-color through their writing workshops in the East and West Coasts. Kundiman fellows Jason Bayani and Mg Roberts will be presenting.

Koret Auditorium

3:00–4:00 Guest Authors Panel #2: Writing Our Way Home: Shaping Tradition, History and Culture.

Luisa Igloria, Jon Pineda, & Lysley Tenorio with Rashaan Meneses as moderator.

Authors discuss topics related to the festival’s theme.

For more information, please visit http://pawainc.com/filbookfest/ 


October 18, 2013

Kundiman at APATURE 2013

Kearny Street Workshop proudly presents:

A Window into the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/179302582256648/

7 pm - 10 pm

50 Mason Social House
50 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Jai Arun Ravine

Maria Alloco
Jason Bayani
Amy K. Bell
Bill Gong
Aurora Masum-Javed
Andrew Rogge
Phiroozeh Romer
Radhika Sharma
Melissa Sipin

Dan Lau

Wei Ming Dariotis
Barbara Jane Reyes

Hear from some of the most promising local writers reading from a range of literary genres. Enjoy a pint while playing a game of pub-style trivia.

$8 presale/$10 at the door

Due to the nature of the venue, this event is strictly 21+.

For more information: www.kearnystreet.org.

For the complete festival schedule: http://on.fb.me/16npFcF




November 9, 2013

Kundiman in New Orleans

Kajun's Pub
2256 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA 


Tiana Nobile and Muriel Leung read.

November 17, 2013

Kundiman & Verlaine Reading

Open Bar from 4-5 pm
Open Mic: 4:30-5pm
Reading beings at 5 pm

$5 donation

110 Rivington St.
(Ludlow & Essex Sts.)
New York, NY
F train to Delancey

Wo Chan, Tung-Hui Hu, & Ansley Moon read.

November 21, 2013

Decorative Gourd Season: A Poetry Reading with April Naoko Heck, Natalie Diaz & Ocean Vuong

Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, NY

April Naoko Heck, Natalie Diaz, & Ocean Vuong read. Moderated by R.A. Villanueva.

Seats are limited. RSVP here to reserve your seat.

November 23, 2013

Bayanihan Benefit for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

KAYA NATIN! (We CAN DO THIS!): Filipino American Writers' Bayanihan Benefit for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Survivors

with Jessica Hagedorn, Ninotchka Rosca, Sheila Coronel, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, R.A. Villanueva, Gina Apostol, Bino A. Realuyo, Nita Noveno, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop


Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10001

Additional donations can be made here!

Sponsored by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Kundiman, Sunday Salon. Merienda (afternoon snacks and drinks) from Papa's Kitchen (Woodside, Queens) & Brooklyn Brewery.

Your $10 donation at the door and sales from donated books will go to KUSOG TACLOBAN and GOTA DE LECHE.

Seats are limited! Reserve yours here.