Fordham University, Rose Hill
New York City
June 15 – 19, 2016

Application Period: November 15th – January 5th
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 workshops 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 writing workshop. Workshops consist of writing exercises and group discussion on fellows' writing. 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 workshops are focused on new work that is written at the Retreat. Workshops include a craft talk, readings and prompts / exercises to generate this new work. 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 November 15th and January 5th, apply to the Kundiman Retreat by clicking on one of the buttons below. 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 January 31st.  

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 until 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. However, in April, we are offering a creative nonfiction weekend intensive, which is modeled after the retreat. We will post information on the website by early March.

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.

Other questions? E-mail:

2016 Faculty in POetry

Jaswinder Bolina is author of the poetry collections Phantom Camera, winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His recent poems are collected in the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America (2014). They have also appeared in numerous U.S. and international literary journals and in The Best American Poetry series. His essays have appeared on The Poetry FoundationThe Huffington PostThe StateThe Writer, and in several anthologies including Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa Press 2011), Language: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2013), and in the forthcoming 14th edition of The Norton Reader. Bolina is a professor of poetry in the MFA Program at the University of Miami.

Kimiko Hahn has been attracted to disparate source material over her nine collections of poetry—whether Flaubert's sex-tour in The Unbearable Heart, an exhumation in The Artist's Daughter or classical Japanese forms in The Narrow Road to the Interior. Rarefied fields of science prompted her latest collections Toxic Flora and Brain Fever. An advocate of chapbooks, her latest is The Cryptic Chamber. Hahn is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation of the Arts, as well as a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Her most recent award was a Guggenheim Fellowship and she is a distinguished professor at Queens College, City University of New York.

Lee Herrick is the Fresno Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, anthologies, and college textbooks, including The Bloomsbury Review, ZYZZYVA, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, and Visions Across the Americas, 8th edition, among others. Born in Daejeon, South Korea and adopted at ten months, he lives in Fresno, California and teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.

2016 FACULTY IN Fiction

Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran, raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. She the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick (HarperPerennial, 2017), and the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more— and SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS (Grove, 2007), the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, BookforumSlate, Salon, Spin, The Daily Beast, Elle,and many other publications around the world. She is currently Editor at Large at The Scofield and Contributing Editor at The Offing, and Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Poet, novelist, and playwright R. Zamora Linmark is the author of the best-selling novel Rolling the R’s, the novel Leche, and three collections of poetry, Prime Time Apparitions, The Evolution of a Sigh, and Drive By Vigils. A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including two from the Fulbright Foundation, a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, he has published in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and the Philippines. His stage adaptation of Rolling the R’s premiered in Honolulu in 2008 to critical and commercial success. He has lectured and taught, as a distinguished visiting professor in Creative Writing, in universities in the U.S. and the Philippines. Linmark divides his time between Manila and Honolulu.

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin. Short Girls, a novel, was an American Book Award winner in fiction and a Library Journal best book of the year. Stealing Buddha's Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. Stealing Buddha's Dinner has been featured as a common read selection within numerous communities and universities. Nguyen's work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times and the FOUND Magazine anthology. Her most recent novel is Pioneer Girl. She has also coedited three anthologies: 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty YearsContemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye; and The Contemporary American Short Story. Nguyen has taught fiction and creative nonfiction in the MFA Program at Purdue University and the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. She and her family live in the Bay Area.