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Kundiman Reading

  • The Dial Bookshop 410 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

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 Wednesday, November 6th at 7 pm as we welcome writers Helene Achanzar, Sarah Gambito, Melody S. Gee, and Janine Joseph into the store to read from their works. Refreshments will be served.


About the authors:

HELENE ACHANZAR is a John and Renée Grisham fellow at the University of Mississippi, where she is a senior editor of the Yalobusha Review. She is also a Kundiman fellow. Her recent work can be found in Oxford American and jubilat.

SARAH GAMBITO is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books), Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature.

MELODY S. GEE is the author of The Dead in Daylight (Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) and Each Crumbling House (Perugia Press, 2010). Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in Commonweal, Blood Orange Review, Lantern Review, and Ruminate. She is a Kundiman fiction and poetry fellow, and lives in St. Louis, MO, where she is a freelance writer and editor.

JANINE JOSEPH is the author of Driving Without a License, recipient of a Kundiman Poetry Prize and an Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye award. She is a co-organizer for Undocupoets, is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University, and serves on the advisory board for the Center for Poets and Writers at Oklahoma State University–Tulsa.