Monday, February 27, 2006


Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat
June 21 – 25, 2006
Deadline: Postmark March 1, 2006

In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian-American poets,
Kundiman is sponsoring an annual Poetry Retreat at The University of
Virginia. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets
will conduct workshops and provide one-on-one mentorship sessions with
participants. Readings and informal social gatherings will also be
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
will take place from Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops will be conducted from
Thursday to Saturday. Workshops will not exceed six students.


Arthur Sze is a second-generation Chinese American. Educated at the
University of California, Berkeley, Sze is the author of five volumes
of poetry, including most recently The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998
(Copper Canyon Press, 1998), a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall
Poetry Prize. His poems have also appeared in numerous magazines,
including American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Mother Jones,
Conjunctions, and The Bloomsbury Review. Translations of Sze’s work
have been published in Italy and China. The recipient of a Lannan Literary
Award for Poetry, three Witter Bynner Foundation Poetry Fellowships,
and two Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Arts, Sze currently directs the Creative Writing Program at the Institute for
American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has taught for
more than a decade.

Kazim Ali is the author of The Far Mosque (Alice James Books). His
poems and essays have appeared in such journals as The Iowa Review, Colorado
Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Catamaran, and in the anthologies
Writing the Lines of Our Hands and Risen From the East. A graduate of
the Creative Writing Program at New York University, he is the author of a
novel, Quinn’s Passage. He is the publisher of Nightboat Books and
assistant professor of English at Shippensburg University.

Jennifer Chang holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the
University of Virginia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in
Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, New England Review, Pleiades, Virginia
Quarterly Review, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, Best New
Poets 2005, and other publications. The title poem of her manuscript
The History of Anonymity received the 2004 Campbell Corner Poetry prize.
She is the 2005 Van Lier Fellow in Poetry at the Asian American Writers’
Workshop and was awarded the Louis Untermeyer scholarship to the 2005
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She teaches in the creative writing
program at Rutgers University.

Jon Pineda is the author of Birthmark (Southern Illinois University
Press, 2004), winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open
Competition. A recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist
Fellowship, he is a graduate of James Madison University and of the MFA
program in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, where
he received an AWP Intro Award for Poetry. His recent work has appeared in
Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester and various anthologies.

Fees & Financial Aid

Requests for financial aid should be made after acceptance to the
retreat. As Kundiman is a new non-profit, there is a very limited amount of
financial aid available. Awards will be given on a need-based basis.
Average award amount is $100. To keep the cost of the retreat low for
all participants, fees are not charged for workshops or programming. Room
and Board for the retreat is $300.

Application Process

Send five to seven (5-7) paginated, stapled pages of poetry, with your
name included on each page. Include a cover letter with your name,
address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief paragraph describing
what you would like to accomplish at the Kundiman Asian American Poets’
Retreat. Include a SAS postcard if you want an application receipt.
Manuscripts will not be returned. No electronic submissions, please.

Mail application to:

245 Eighth Avenue #151
New York, NY 10011

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

So . . .

Who's going to AWP? My department money came through. I'll see you there!

Tax Time is upon us again!

Remember, writers, there are a number of things you can declare as tax write-offs.

1. Paper
2. Books . . . and the shelves you recently purchased to hold those books.
3. Computer materials
4. Writing utensils
5. All travel for readings . . .
6. Postage
7. Photocopying expenses
8. Research materials

Anyway, you get the idea. Meredith sat down with our accountant yesterday and got us a modest refund. Happy number crunching, folks!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Snow Day, Valentines Day

I was surprised when I saw the ground covered in snow after fifty-some days of rain. I'm more surprised by my reaction . . . I was happy for the snow.

Anyway, I was thinking of bad gifts you could get your beloved (Don't worry, Meredith. I didn't get any of these things for you). These are in no particular order:

Cocktail Peanuts
A can of compressed air (for cleaning your computer keyboards)
Hair removal products
Anything having to do with cleaning--sponges, laundry soap, moist towelettes

Friday, February 03, 2006

Friday, Friday, Non-Sequitor

Just polished off a bizarre Thai-Chicken Noodle Salad. I have concerns.

Also, I'm noticing how disorganized my office books are, and it worries me. I can't have that. I'm usually quite organized, but the upheaval from the East Coast to the West Coast has challenged my organization skills. Outside of that . . . interesting things to talk about:

1) I'm going to AWP.

2) I should be getting money from my department.

3) I need to iron.

The later bit concerns me the most. As you can see, I'm full of concern these days. I'm concerned about the weather. I'm concerned about what to cook for dinner tonight. I'm concerned about the state of the world. I'm concerned about my students. I'm concerned about my social life (or lack of a social life). I'm concerned about my ironing. Meredith tells me that the slightly crinkled look is in and I have my doubts.

We have lots of chocolate in our house as well as a lot of bizarre German cookies.

My dad got me a massive hunting knife for my birthday (which isn't for another few weeks). His enclosed letter had lots of American flags on it.

I'm concerned about my family.

Big News

Dear friend and Kundiman co-guru, Joseph O. Legaspi's book, IMAGO, has been accepted for publication!