some friends of mine who are nyc-based asian american poets have formed a bomb-ass groups called kundiman, which means "love song" in tagalog. they will be holding a summer writing retreatin VA: this is a great opportunity for young asian american poets to form a larger than local community and to find asian american mentors, which i believe is crucial to our development, both in a writerly sense and in a community sense.
for all of you educators out there, (and for all you ucb maganda magazine editors... ehem...) pls pass this info on to yr students and peeps.
pls see below for info, and pls fw widely. URL: http://www.kundiman.org
salamats, barbara jane
sarah gambito <gambitosarah@...
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 12:30:13 -0800 (PST)
From: sarah gambito
Subject: Asian American Poets' Retreat @ UVA
here is the info on the retreat in inline text & in
again many thanks for sending this info out.
First Annual Kundiman Emerging Asian American Poets
August 4-8, 2004
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Kundiman is a non-profit organization committed to the
discovery and cultivation of emerging Asian-American
poets. Through instruction and collaboration programs
with established Asian-American poets as well as
through publications and readings open to the public,
Kundiman hopes to advance the work of Asian-American
writing. Through poetry, we aim to celebrate and
promote a strong and positive Asian-American culture
Kundiman is a sponsored project of the New York
Foundation of the Arts.
First Annual Emerging Asian American Poets� Retreat
In order to help mentor the next generation of
Asian-American poets, Kundiman is sponsoring an annual
Poetry Retreat at The University of Virginia. During
the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets
will conduct workshops and provide one-on-one
mentorship sessions with participants. Readings and
informal social gatherings will also be 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 poets. This 5-day Retreat will take
place from Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops will be
conducted from Thursday to Saturday. Workshops will
not exceed six students.
A nationally renowned Asian American poet will
facilitate each writing workshop. Workshops will
consist of writing exercises and group discussions on
participant poems. At each workshop, participants will
be expected to write and workshop new poems.
Participants will have the opportunity to take a
workshop with every Faculty member. In order to help
foster relationships between participants themselves,
each participant will be assigned a home group, and
will remain in that home group for the duration of the
retreat. The Faculty will rotate in the work-shopping
of each home group.
Mentoring: Conferring and Connections
Faculty members will schedule one-on-one conferences
with participants. Prior to arriving, participants
will submit a request indicating their order of
preference as to which poet they would like to meet
one-on-one. Administrators will try to accommodate
each applicant�s request.
Marilyn Chin is the author of Dwarf Bamboo (Greenfield
Review Press, 1987) and The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace
Empty (Milkweed Editions, 1994). Her latest book,
Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, was published by Norton in
2002. She has won numerous awards for her poetry,
including two grants from the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine
Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright
Fellowship to Taiwan, and residencies at Yaddo, the
MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Residency, the Djerassi
Foundation, and others. Chin's work is featured in a
variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology
of Modern Poetry, The Norton Introduction to Poetry,
The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry,
Unsettling America, The Open Boat, and The Best
American Poetry of 1996. Her poetry was also featured
in Bill Moyers's PBS series The Language of Life. She
codirects the MFA program at San Diego State
Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in
the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Wesleyan
University, the Writers' Workshop at the University of
Iowa, and Stanford, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner
Fellow in Poetry. His poems have appeared or are
forthcoming in numerous publications, including The
Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, New England
Review, Grand Street, and Ploughshares. In 2001, he
received a poetry fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts. He was a Jones Lecturer in
Poetry at Stanford University, and now teaches at
Washington And Lee University.
Ishle Yi Park is a Korean American woman who has been
published in The Best American Poetry of 2003. She has
been twice featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and
performed her poetry on the NAACP Image Awards. She
has a CD entitled "Work is Love,� and an upcoming book
called "The Temperature of this Water," which will be
released this year. Ishle currently lives in New York.
Scholarship & Fees
Merit scholarships are available. To keep the cost of
the retreat low, participants are not charged fees for
workshops. Room and Board for the retreat is $300.
Send three (3) copies of five to seven (5-7)
paginated, stapled pages of poetry, with your name
included on each page. Include a cover letter with
your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a
brief paragraph describing what you would like to
accomplish at the Kundiman Emerging Asian American
Poets� Retreat. Include a SASE postcard if you want
an application receipt. Manuscripts will not
returned. No electronic submissions, please.
Mail application to:
245 Eight Avenue #151
New York, NY 10011
Submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2004
For more information, log onto our website at
Please e-mail any questions to info@...
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