• Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)


Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great

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2013 Kundiman Poetry Retreat Faculty

Asian American Poetry Retreat


Fordham University, Rose Hill · New York City · June 19 - 23, 2013

Application Period: December 15 - February 1

This project is made possible by lead funding from Fordham University and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American poets, Kundiman sponsors an annual Poetry Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets 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 poets. This 5-day Retreat takes place from Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops will not exceed eight students.


Writing Workshop

A nationally renowned Asian American poet facilitates each writing workshop. Workshops consist of writing exercises and group discussion on fellows' poems. Fellows are expected to workshop new poems-- poems written at retreat. In order to help foster relationships between fellows themselves, fellows are assigned a home group for the duration of the retreat. The faculty rotates in the work-shopping of each home group.


Lincoln Center Reading

Come and celebrate the new poems as Kundiman Faculty and Fellows read for the public.

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


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


Mentoring: Conferring and Connections

Faculty members schedule one-on-one conferences with participants. Prior to arriving, fellows submit a request indicating their order of preference as to which poet they would like to meet one-on-one. 



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


2013 Faculty

Li-Young Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, his most recent being Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008). His earlier collections are Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001); Rose (BOA, 1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You (BOA, 1991), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and will be reissued by BOA Editions in 2012. Lee's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1988 he received the Writer's Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. He is also featured in Katja Esson's documentary, Poetry of Resilience.

Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry -- Facts for Visitors, which received the 2005 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, and Voyager -- both published by the University of California Press.  His scholarly study of 20th Century American poetry, titled Changing Subjects, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the NEA, and the Creative Capital Foundation.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Lee Ann Roripaugh’s most recent volume of poetry, Dandarians, is forthcoming from Milkweed Press in 2014.  Her third volume of poetry, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year, was released by Southern Illinois University Press in 2009.  A second volume, Year of the Snake, also published by Southern Illinois University Press, was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004.  Her first book, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books, 1999), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series, and was selected as a finalist for the 2000 Asian American Literary Awards.  The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, and the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.  Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  Roripaugh is currently a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.

For a list of previous faculty members and guest poets, click here.



The non-refundable tuition fee is $350. Room and Board is free to accepted Fellows.


Application Process

Application to the Retreat is by electronic submission only from December 15 - February 1st.




Retreat logistics for faculty, returning and newly accepted Fellows including travel information, forms and what to expect at the retreat can be found here.


Deadline for The Kundiman Poetry Prize--March 1st



Now accepting submissions
Deadline:  March 1, 2012 


The Kundiman Poetry Prize is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets.  
Winner receives $1,000, book publication with Alice James Books and a New York City feature reading.

Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission is to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process.

First Readers:  Jenny Boully and Lee Herrick


  • Asian American writers living in the United States.


General Guidelines
  • Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and 50 – 70 pages in length (single spaced).
  • Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.
  • Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. The inclusion of a biographical note is optional. Your name, mailing address, email address and phone number should appear on the title page of your manuscript. 
  • No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.
  • The Kundiman Poetry Prize is judged by consensus of the members of Kundiman's Artistic Staff and the Alice James Books Editorial Board. Manuscripts are not read anonymously. Learn more about our judging process.
  • Winners will be announced in June.

Guidelines for Electronic Manuscript Submission

You may submit your manuscript to The Kundiman Prize electronically by accessing our online submission manager here.  Entry fee is $28.

Guidelines for Print Manuscript Submission

Should you wish to submit your manuscript via postal mail, mail your entry to:

P.O. Box 4248
Sunnyside, NY 11104

Send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies.

MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send us your only copy.
Entry fee is $28.  Checks or money orders should be made out to Alice James Books. On the memo line of your check, write The Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Checklist for print manuscript entry:
  • One (1) copy of manuscript enclosed, with acknowledgements and two (2) copies of title page
  • $28 entry fee
  • Business sized SASE
  • Stamped addressed postcard
  • Postmarked by March 1, 2012


Prize Events

For information on Prize Events, click here.


Previous Winners


Mezzanines by Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Inch, Gulf Coast, Rattle and elsewhere.  He’s received fellowships from Kundiman and the Kresge Arts Foundation.  Currently, he is a writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Litereary Arts Project and the poetry editor of The Collagist.


Pier by Janine Oshiro

Janine Oshiro holds degrees from Whitworth College (now Whitworth University), Portland State University, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of a poetry fellowship from Oregon’s Literary Arts. She lives in Hawaii and teaches at Windward Community College 

Praise for Pier

"As if through an echolocation of brilliant and insistent off-rhyme, these poems effect a delicate placement of self into body, body into world, world into word. And at the center of it all is even more delicate loss.  Oshiro's Pier takes its measure in precise instances that ache with intelligence. A truly masterful first book."  —Cole Swensen

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Kundiman Represented in the New Lantern Review

Thank you, Iris, for your wonderful vision. Many Kundiman fellows are in the latest issue of Lantern Review.

Check it out!

Kundi-Love, Manny Toons, Binky Bye Bye

I met several Kundiman alumni/fellows for lunch in Seattle today: tthe glorious Tamiko Beyer, Eddie Kim, Rona Jia, and Jane Wong. We went to Seattle's International District for Vietnamese food at Green Leaf. Yay!


Cute little place. Easy to miss. We ordered the crepes (excellent) and I ordered the vermicelli with bbq pork and eggrolls. Oh my.

Rona had an awesome Manny Pacquiao shirt. It had a cute little anime Manny on it, and the closest thing I've seen is this:


But I know it's not the same one. I'll keep hunting.


We've been going through hell these past few days. We're weening our 3-yr-old off his pacifiers (binkys). It's been hell. He hasn't been sleeping well, and it's translating into his acting out at school. We're grateful that his new daycare care givers are extremely patient and sympathetic. They're also pulling for us. Wish us luck.


I took this picture in Vancouver, BC. We actually carried this many pacifiers with us for some reason.


Current Spin:


God, I'm digging this band.


Congratulations to Hossannah Asuncion!

Kundiman Fellow, Hossannah Asuncion was selected as a winner of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for her chapbook Fragments of Loss!

Congratulations, Hoss!


'Tis the Season to Give: Kundiman

Since 2002 I've been an active member of Kundiman, both as staff, and as substitute faculty. Now I'm the co-chair of the advisory board and what's clear is if we are to continue, we need money. Non-profits are hurting all around, and what's more if you're an up-and-coming arts organization, you're really hurting.

The organization's at a crossroads, and we need help.

If you can give us a hand or a good word, we'd greatly appreciate your help.

Here's the link: Kundiman Bright Side.