Fordham University, Rose Hill
New York City
June 20-24, 2018

Application Period: December 1st – January 15th
This project is made possible by lead funding from Fordham University, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Li-Young Lee at the Kundiman Retreat


In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets and writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations with fellows. Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings are also scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American writers. This five-day Retreat takes place from Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops will not exceed six students.



A nationally renowned Asian American writer facilitates each Master Class workshop. Fellows are assigned a home group for the duration of the retreat and the faculty rotates in the workshopping of each home group. The Kundiman Retreat is generative in nature and so Master Classes are focused on new work that is written at the Retreat. Master Classes include a craft talk, readings and prompts / exercises to generate this new work. Poetry fellows will receive a manuscript consultation on a 10 page manuscript. Fiction fellows will receive a manuscript consultation on a 30 page manuscript. Our hope is that fellows are able to forge a deeper relationship to their artistic process and are able to encounter their work with renewed focus and energy.  



The Kundiman Retreat is held at Fordham University's beautiful Rose Hill Campus located in the Bronx, NYC.



The Retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as Asian American. 



The non-refundable tuition fee is $375. Room and board provided free to accepted fellows.
The application fee is $25.



To learn about Retreat logistics, please visit:



Between December 1st and January 15th, apply to the Kundiman Retreat by clicking on one of the below buttons. Submit a cover letter and brief writing sample 5–7 pages of poetry or 5 pages of prose (1250 words max)]. Notification on application status will be given by February 20th.  


Frequently Asked questions

Q: Can I apply in both genres?
A: Yes, you may apply in both poetry and fiction, but should submit a separate application for each genre.

Q: I am a current Kundiman fellow/alum. Can I return to Kundiman, but study under a different genre than the one I was accepted into?
A: In order to study in a different genre, returning fellows will need to submit an application in that genre.

Q: I'm a creative nonfiction writer. Can I apply to the retreat?
A: Unfortunately, at the moment, Kundiman only has the capacity to offer spaces at the retreat for those writing poetry and fiction. 

Q: Can I receive feedback on my application?
A: Unfortunately, because Kundiman is a small nonprofit with limited staff, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

Q. Can I submit an excerpt of a longer piece of writing?
A. Absolutely!  You can include a cover page that notes that your submission is an excerpt.

Q. Can I apply if I live outside of the U.S.?
A. We welcome everyone who self-identifies as Asian to apply.  

Other questions? E-mail:

2017 POETRY FacultY


Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014), and a pamphlet, Freely Frayed, =q, Race=Nation (Wave Books, 2014). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon, a contemporary Korean woman poet, is Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016). Choi also translates for the International Women’s Network Against Militarism. She was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She now lives and works in Seattle.


Giles Li is executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, as well as a nationally recognized performance poet. His writing has been taught in curricula across the country, including Pomona College and the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn. His poetry has been published in several places, including, Solstice Magazine, and the Asian American Literary Review. He was one of three featured artists in the documentary film Art Beyond Borders, produced by the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University, and also starred in the award-winning short comedy film The Humberville Poetry Slam. Giles is a recognized thought leader in Asian American communities nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Giles has also served as adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies program at UMass-Boston, and is a cross-sector leader who has served on several boards and committees, including the Task Force for Financial Literacy at the Office of the State Treasurer, the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and the Associated Grant Makers Board of Directors.


Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections: Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and the recent Undergloom. She was a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award. She is the founder and co-director of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Studies, which has recently been converted to a national board on which she serves as President. She is a professor of English at the University of Montana.




Lan Samantha Chang is Program Director and May Brodbeck Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Sabina Murray grew up in Australia and the Philippines. She is the author of the novels: Valiant Gentlemen, ForgeryA Carnivore's Inquiry, and Slow Burn; and two collections of short stories: The Caprices, winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner award, and Tales of the New World. Her stories are anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead II: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian Fiction. She wrote the screenplay for the film Beautiful Country, which was an Independent Spirit Award Best First Screenplay nominee. Murray received her MA from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as fellowships from Radcliffe and the Guggenheim Foundation, a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Brown Literary Award from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, Murray is professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst MFA/creative writing program.

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea. He is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A, 2015), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019). His previous books and chapbooks include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity (Thought Catalog Books), and The Last Repatriate (Nouvella). In 2015, Buzzfeed named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers.