Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Kundiman Inc

  • New York, NY
  • www.kundiman.org

Mission Statement

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American poetry.

Vision: Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American poets can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.

Main Programs

  1. Kundiman Poetry Retreat
  2. Kundiman Poetry Prize
  3. Kundiman Verlaine Reading Series
  4. Kavad

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Service Areas

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National

There are no geographic boundaries to Kundiman's programs, except those applying for the Kundiman Poetry Prize must be US citizens.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2012

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June W Choi

Keywords

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Poetry, Asian American, cultural, literature, writing

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Also Known As

KUNDIMAN

EIN

06-1650662

 Number

0281223002

Physical Address

PO Box 4248

Sunnyside, NY 11104 1110

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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More than 80 poets have attended the Kundiman Retreat. Fellows report first-time publication in national literary journals, finalist distinction in literary awards and a greater sense of confidence in their pursuit of literary excellence. Kundiman Fellows have published poems in Denver Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fence, The Colorado Review, Pleides, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Women Studies Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, The Best of the Net, The Cortland Review, Third Coast, Spoon River Poetry Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Drunken Boat, MiPOesias, Poetry Southeast and Sou’wester. They are attending MFA and doctoral programs at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Brown University, New York University, Stanford University, The University of Houston, The University of California, Riverside and The University of California, Berkeley. Since 2004, thirteen fellows have published first books and five have published chapbooks and they credit Kundiman as being catalytic in their growth as writers.

Kundiman has ongoing partnerships with Alice James Books and Fordham University.

Programs

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Program 1

Kundiman Poetry Retreat

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 does not exceed eight students.

Writing Workshop: A nationally renowned Asian American poet facilitates each writing workshofellows 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: we celebrate the new poems with Kundiman Faculty and Fellows reading for the public.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Program 2

Kundiman Poetry Prize

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

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Program 3

Kundiman Verlaine Reading Series

Kundiman sponsors a reading series at Verlaine four times a year in NYC’s Lower East Side. It presents a mix of poets who have published books and emerging poets who are either Kundiman fellows or at an early stage of their development.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Program 4

Kavad

Kavad is a multi-faceted community-based storytelling program comprised of community interviews, public readings, educational workshops, online media, and new creative writing by Asian American poets.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

There are no geographic boundaries to Kundiman's programs, except those applying for the Kundiman Poetry Prize must be US citizens.

Funding Needs

Kundiman was established through the volunteer commitment of a core group of Asian American poets. After 10 years of operation and critical success, our organization is seeking funds to continue and build our programs, continue building our organizational infrastructure to effectively and efficiently sustain our operations, and underwrite our 10 anniversary projects in 2013-14.

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Principal Officer

June W Choi

BIO

June W Choi has been committed to working as a professional in the nonprofit sector to bring about social change for more than 20 years. She has worked with organizations ranging from community-based start-ups to established institutions as a consultant, executive, grantmaker, nonprofit entrepreneur, fundraiser, program manager, coach and board member. Most recently June worked at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors where her primary responsibility was developing and managing the New York State Music Fund which awarded more than $36 million in grants for music projects in New York from 2006-09. At Rockefeller, she also worked with the Cultures of Giving program funding empowerment of emerging donor communities to lead, develop and grow philanthropic resources for social change within their communities. June has extensive experience building new programs including regrant programs, creating and managing new processes and developing new positions. As executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, she rebranded and oversaw its transformation from a locally based into a nationally prominent arts service organization.

June has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, invited to speak at numerous conferences and workshops on a range of topics; has served on many funding panels, and has participated on various professional and community advisory boards and committees. She is currently the Secretary of The Field, an organization dedicated to helping independent artists build their businesses, both artistically and operationally.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sarah Gambito

Assistant Professor, Fordham University

Term: 2004 - 2014

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