Kundiman is not for the faint of heart. The workshops, spark writing exercises, circles, mentoring, and connecting that is Kundiman was one of the most inspiring, surprising, and exhilarating experiences I have ever had. I feel as if I crossed a bridge across an erupting volcano and emerged on the other side with a new understanding of my poetry and myself. I came to Kundiman with the hope of finding a new literary community, but instead found a new family. The voices of my warm, wonderful Kundiman family still reverberate through me in everything I write: transforming me, nudging me to keep challenging myself. I feel so incredibly blessed.