Books
  • 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)

Anthologies

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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Entries in Kundiman Retreat (3)

Heralding

A wonderful write up about this year's Kundiman Retreat by Iris Law and Henry Leong found on The Lantern Review.

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Kundiman alumnus, Soham Patel has poems up on No Tell Motel this week.

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All hail Canto Mundo! Sounds like they had a glorious retreat. Vikas Menon attended for a little cross-organizational love.

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Other cool things are afoot. I just got a cool book from Karen An-Hwei Lee in the mail! I don't know of many poets who so openly and gloriously write about faith in their poetry. Love her work.

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Current Spin:

Post Kundiman Retreat and Tabula Rasa

I've been back from the Kundiman Summer Retreat for over a week now, but in many ways this has been the most emotionally exhausting retreat. I'm so amazed and humbled by the courage of the 23 fellows who attended the retreat this year. I want to thank them for coming to Kundiman, ready to challenge themselves and each other. I know I was challenged and I know I come back to my regular life a more invested writer and father.

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I'll post more pictures when I'm on a faster network. Curse you Hughes.net.

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Like I said above, I've been recovering from the retreat, and by recovering I mean catching up on actual work. I've been in the process of reading proposals as well as writing a book review. All of these things have July deadlines, but I couldn't really work on them at Fordham because I was busy buying party favors, taking pictures, etc.. Now that all my professional responsibilities outside of my own writing have been seen to, I can get back to the business at hand.

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I had dinner with my colleagues the other night. My colleague and friend, Bruce Beasley, talked to me about how to manage a sabbatical. He mentioned how he becomes a little compulsive on sabbaticals and that working out of compulsion might be something to try.

So I'm going to try it. I've mapped out a calendar for myself. Summer will definitely be about writing, but also about some stewardship. I have to take care of some of A Face to Meet the Faces, as we have some July deadlines. (For those of you who read this blog and are a contributor to the anthology, please submit your permissions form!) I've decided to leave my weekends free and spend my weekdays writing, since both the kids will be in childcare (N at my parents and L at a daycare). That pretty much leaves me with a whole morning, Tabula Rasa. 

I imagine it'd be quite easy to waste a sabbatical by watching television and playing video games (I do both of these things), but I must stay on point.

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I'm trying to wrap my head around the new True Blood season. Huh?

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Current Spin:

 

Summer Saccharine. I don't know why this song came up in my head, but there's mention of summer, so I thought it was appropriate. ;-)

Kundiman Retreat 2007

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KUNDIMAN ASIAN AMERICAN POETRY RETREAT

The University of Virginia, Charlottesville
June 20 – 24, 2007

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.

Faculty

Myung Mi Kim’s books of poems include Commons (University of California Press), DURA (Sun & Moon), The Bounty (Chax Press), and Under Flag, winner of the Multicultural Publisher’s Exchange Award (Kelsey St. Press). Anthology appearances in Asian-American Literature: An Anthology, Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, Premonitions: The
Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry, Primary Trouble: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and other collections. Honors include a residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and awards from The Fund for Poetry. She is Professor of English at SUNY-Buffalo.

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution and Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, PBS’ “In The Life” and MTV’s “Free Your Mind” Spoken Word Tour. Regie is the recipient of the 10th annual Writers for Writers Award sponsored by Poets & Writers and has received three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and Multi-Disciplinary Performance.

Prageeta Sharma is the author of Bliss to Fill (subpress books, 2000) and The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004). Her work has also appeared in Agni, Art Asia Pacific, Boston Review, Combo, Fence, Indiana Review, Women’s Review of Books and other periodicals. She received her MFA in poetry from Brown University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.

Fees

To keep the cost of the retreat low for all participants, fees are not charged for workshops or programming. Thus, all accepted applicants are given an automatic tuition scholarship. Room and Board for the entire retreat is $300.

Application Process

Send 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 Asian American Poets’ Retreat. Include a SAS postcard if you want an application receipt. Manuscripts will not be returned. No electronic submissions, please.

Mail application to:

Kundiman
245 Eighth Avenue #151
New York, NY 10011

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2007