“Kundiman creates a precious, supportive space of sharing through writing that is rarely duplicated elsewhere.”
—Cristiana Baik, 2012 Fellow
Kundiman is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American poetry—but we are more than just an organization: we are a family, a refuge, and a lifelong community.
Each year we bring 24 fellows together for our poetry retreat—the only one of its kind. To date, Kundiman has mentored over 120 fellows, who have published nearly 60 books and chapbooks.Kundiman has also brought over 130 Asian American poets to read in New York City. The Kundiman Poetry Prize, which is offerred in partnership with Alice James Books, is in its fourth year, and the prize winners continue to garner accolades. In 2013, Kundiman became the very first Asian American Literary Partner at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the largest conference for creative writers in the United States.
We believe that we are changing the American cultural landscape by nurturing the individual artists who tell our unique and often under-represented American stories.
Kundiman has always been an organization with a slim, agile budget and a huge heart. This year, however, Kundiman faces an immediate budgetary shortfall of at least $15,000. As fellows whose lives have been changed by Kundiman, we have come together to ask you to join us in building Kundiman back up and beyond in its tenth year. Our Fellows Fundraising Team has set a goal of raising $10,000 to address this fiscal gap. The best news is that for every donation made, a group of anonymous angel donors will match the contribution—up to $10,000. So for every dollar that you give, your impact will be doubled!
Tribute gifts were donated by fellows in the hope of raising these funds. Here are some of our incentives:
Matthew Olzmann's just released book of poetry Mezzanines, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize (in addition to a limited number of books and chapbooks by Hossannah Asuncion, Angela Veronica Wong, Alison Roh Park, Jee Leong Koh, Neil Aitken, & Sharon Suzuki-Martinez).
A special limited edition Kundiman Honeybadger T-shirt, with text by co-founder Sarah Gambito and artwork by Kundiman fellow Sally Wen Mao:
We are also offering beautiful letterpressed poem-cards by Vanessa Huang:
Kundiman fellow and photographer Mike Keo is offering to do a single person photo shoot with hair, makeup, etc. Hello, author photo! He is the owner of The Terrible Child and composed, shot, and edited the luminous photo below.
Dinner for two made by a Kundiman fellow! The image below is of dark chocolate dipped cara cara oranges with fleur de sel, made by Hossannah Asuncion, who works at a culinary school in New York and is an excellent cook!
Also, offered, an online poetry workshop with The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative by Rachelle Cruz, web design by Neil Aitken and Monica Ong, and tea circles/tarot readings with our wonderful volunteer fellows!
Please donate to our Fellows Indiegogo Fundraiser. You can also give at Kundiman's Network for Good site, or send a check to Kundiman, P.O. Box 4248, Sunnyside, NY 11104. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you are giving for the first time, please consider making at least a $25-$50 contribution. Every donation, regardless of the size, will make a difference.
Here is where your funds will go:
- $20: A writer's gift bag when they perform for us at the Kundiman & Verlaine reading series. Over 130 readers have graced our stage, among them luminaries like Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, John Yau, Kimiko Hahn, Vijay Seshadri, Patrick Rosal, and Cathy Park Hong, along with emerging Asian American talents. We also receive funding from Poets & Writers to fund for the writers' honoraria.
- $50: Kundiman communications staff salary for an entire week of work, which includes updating the website, Facebook, Twitter: spreading the good word about Kundiman.
- $200: Kundiman development staff salary for an entire week of grant writing, which will help Kundiman grow and provide more services to the larger Asian American community.
- $350: Retreat tuition for one fellow to spend five days on the Fordham University campus. They get to learn from such renowned Asian and Asian American poets as Lawson Inada, Bei Dao, Myung Mi Kim, Marilyn Chin, Arthur Sze, Truong Tran, Paisley Rekdal, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Rick Barot, and Tan Lin.
- $1000: Full retreat sponsorship for one fellow (tuition, room, board, and travel).
If you already give to Kundiman, you know that your donation is accomplishing important work. Our returning donors truly provide Kundiman with sustained support. If you are renewing your commitment, consider adding 10% to the amount you gave last year.
Your generosity will help Kundiman continue to thrive in the coming year and beyond.
Hossannah Asuncion, Tamiko Beyer, Cathy Linh Che, Jennifer Crystal Chien, Rachelle Cruz, Tarfia Faizullah, April Naoko Heck, Vanessa Huang, Sally Wen Mao, Matthew Olzmann, Soham Patel, Debbie Yee
The Kundiman Fellows Fundraising Team
PS. Please help us bring in more support! In addition to pledging a donation, please invite a colleague, friend or loved one to join us!