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Kundiman 2020 Retreat


The Bronx, NY 10458


Jan 15, 2020


Nov 26, 2019

In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. During each Retreat, six nationally renowned Asian American poets and fiction writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations for 36 fellows. Readings, writing circles, and informal social gatherings are also 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 writers. This five-day Retreat takes place from Wednesday to Sunday. Master Classes will not exceed six students.

This year, our faculty members for fiction are Nayomi Munaweera, Madeleine Thien, and Vu Tran, and for poetry, we have Jenny Boully, Philip Metres and Matthew Olzmann.

The Retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as Asian American.

The non-refundable tuition fee is $375. Thanks to the Fordham College at Rose Hill, room and board are provided free to accepted fellows. The full cost for a fellow to attend a Retreat is $1500. We thank our generous donors for making the reduced rate possible in order to nurture the next generation of Asian American writers.

The application fee is $25.

Between December 1st and January 15th, apply to the Kundiman Retreat by clicking on the link to our website. Submit a cover letter and brief writing sample 5–7 pages of poetry or 5 pages of prose (1250 words max)]. Notification on application status will be given by mid-March.