Nurtured by Tahoe's winter beauty, the Kundiman fellow joins our creative community each January

Kundiman Poet in Residence

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College has partnered with Kundiman to offer an annual Writer-in-Residence opportunity. Each January, a Kundiman fellow will spend a month at SNC, where they present a public reading, participate in the MFA Winter Residency, and are available to the English department. At the same time, we hope that the college’s intellectual resources and the beauty of the Tahoe area will create ample time and space for the writer’s own creative process.

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

Lo Kwa Mei-en, 2016

kundiman-Mei-en-Lo-Kwa-300sqLo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books, 2015) and The Bees Make Money in the Lion (2016), and winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center open competition. She is from Singapore and Ohio, where she lives and works in Cincinnati.

Twitter: @loekwa
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"I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am for the time given to me by the Kundiman Residency at Sierra Nevada College. The opportunity to focus on my work in the natural beauty near Lake Tahoe was a gift, and having access to Prim Library made such a positive impact on my time there. In addition, the time spent with the SNC faculty and students during the MFA residency was meaningful to me; the community acts as a family, and extended such a welcome to me that it was hard to see them go."

-- Lo Kwa Mei-en, February 2016

Cathy Lynh Che, 2015

Che-Cathy-Linh-300x325Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize.

A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.

A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Managing Director at Kundiman. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

"To be a daughter, a survivor, and a poet are all aligned in the need “to rewrite everything,” a need that Che navigates with brutality and tenderness, devastation and irrepressible endurance."

--Publishers Weekly

Brynn Saito, 2014

Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press (2013). She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions (2013). Her work has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed, and has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Pleiades.

Brynn was born in California's Central Valley to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, the Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and the Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. Brynn lives in the Bay Area and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Sofia University.