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This event is presented in partnership with Kundiman.
Come hear the diverse and empowered voices of some of the finest Asian American writers in the Pacific Northwest, brought together by Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Through its annual writing retreat, Kundiman provides a space that facilitates the creation of new work, fosters mentoring relationships, and addresses the particular challenges facing Asian American writers. The Retreat has taken place annually since 2004, welcoming over 200 fellows and dozens of acclaimed faculty members, and is now hosted by Fordham College at Rose Hill. Kundiman has also grown to encompass an annual Poetry Prize, Fiction fellows, a Creative Nonfiction Intensive, unique storytelling projects (Kavad), scores of readings and workshops, and eight regional chapters across the United States. For more information, visit www.kundiman.org.
Kundiman is the classic form of Filipino love song—or so it seemed to colonialist forces in the Philippines. In fact, in Kundiman, the singer who expresses undying love for his beloved is actually singing for love of country. As an organization dedicated to providing a nurturing space for Asian American writers, we find in this name inspiration to create and support artistic expression.