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Kundiman Reading

Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature, and creating a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever-changing diaspora.

Join us on Thursday, November 8th at 7 pm as we welcome writers Suman Chhabra, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Lani Montreal and Melody S. Gee to the store to read from their works. Refreshments will be served.


About the authors:

Suman Chhabra is a multigenre writer. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chhabra is the author of Demons Off, a chapbook through Meekling Press. She is a Kundiman Fellow and her work has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, The Massachusetts Review, TAYO, Poemeleon, WINDOW, Hair Club, and Homonym. Chhabra teaches courses in Reading and Writing at SAIC. 

Melody S. Gee has been a Kundiman fellow since 2008. She is a freelance writer and editor living in St. Louis, MO with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Each Crumbling House, which won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize, and The Dead in Daylight, which was published in 2016 by Cooper Dillon Books. Her poems and essays most recently appear in Ruminate, Figure One, Spillway, and The Los Angeles Review.

Lani T. Montreal is a Filipina educator, writer, performer, and community activist based in Chicago. Her writings have been published and produced in Canada, the U.S., the Philippines and in cyberspace. While her poems have been featured in journals and anthologies (among them, Rattle, Bloodstone, Garland Court Review,  Love Gathers All, Pinoy Poetics, Hay(Na)Ku 15, and MiPoesias) Finishing Line Press is publishing her very first poetry collection, FANBOYS: Poems about Teaching and Learning, in Fall 2018. Lani writes poetry to create her home in the diaspora. She is the recipient of the 2015 3Arts Djerassi Residency for Playwriting, 2008 3Arts Ragdale Residency, the 2001 Samuel Ostrowsky Award for her memoir “Summer Rain,” and the 1995 JVO Philippine Award for Excellence in Journalism for her environmental expose “Poison in the River.” She is also a 2017 alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Writers’ Workshop. A former journalist in the Philippines, Montreal currently teaches writing at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and writes a blog called “Fil-in-the-gap” ( She lives and loves in Albany Park with her multi-species, multi-cultural family.

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press, 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, selected by Maggie Smith. Her first full-length collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, is forthcoming from Ecco in 2018. Born in Busan, Republic of Korea, Yoon earned her BA in English and communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in creative writing at New York University, where she served as an award editor for the Washington Square Review and received a Starworks Fellowship. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Columbia Journal Online, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is pursuing a PhD in Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. In 2017, Yoon was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Earlier Event: November 6
Later Event: November 17
Ken Krimstein