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Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration

Poetry Postcard written by Sarah Gambito
Dear Kundiman friends:

This month, along with 30+ poetry organizations, Kundiman is hosting programs on the theme of Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration. Check out Kundiman's postcard project (with instructions on how to participate) here, and on social media, click on the hashtags #WeComeFromEverything and #Poetry Coalition to find a poetry event or project near you.

Also, a reminder that you have two weekends left to complete those poetry manuscripts–– submission for the Kundiman Poetry Prize are due March 15th! Submit now, and share widely!

Some kudos & weekend readings:
  • Mia Ayumi Malhotra won the 2016 Alice James Award for her manuscript "When I See You Again, It Will Be with a Different Face."  
  • "Theory and Other Poems" by Amy Meng was published in Narrative Magazine, and three poems by E.J. Koh were published in the Margins.
  • On the Commonplace podcast, poets Javier Zamora, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Janine Joseph, who are working with Undocupoets, chat with Rachel Zucker.
Wishing you a weekend of inspiration, filled with reading, writing, and editing!


Deadline: March 15

Kundiman is excited to partner with Tupelo Press again this year to offer up the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Past winners have gone on to receive awards from the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Best Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies conference, and the Asian American Literary Award for poetry. 

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets at any stage of their career. Winner receives $1,000, book publication with Tupelo Press, and national distribution.

Tupelo Press is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers.


Asian American poets at any stage of their careers.

General Guidelines

  • Submissions for manuscripts are open from February 1st to March 15th. We do not accept paper submissions.
  • Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and 50 – 70 pages in length.
  • Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.
  • No illustrations, photographs, or images should be included.
  • The Kundiman Poetry Prize is judged by consensus of the members of Kundiman's Artistic Staff and the Tupelo Press Editorial Board.

To learn more about how to submit, please click on the button below.
Submit to the Kundiman Poetry Prize
Postcards created by Helene Achanzar

Migration Postcard Project: Join Us!

Throughout the month of March, Kundiman is sponsoring a Migration Postcard Poem Project. Please join us by writing poems on the theme of migration onto postcards and sending them out! 

In addition, join us for our March events on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and the East Coast!

God's Will for Monsters at Comic Book Hideout

Sunday, March 5th, 12 – 1:30pm 
Comic Book Hideout
215 W Commonwealth Ave,
Fullerton, California 92832

Come celebrate the release of Rachelle Cruz's new collection, "God's Will for Monsters" with a reading and book signing at Comic Book Hideout! There will be Filipino food, and guest poets including Kenji Liu, Vickie Vertiz, Angela Peñaredondo, and more!

House of Godzilla, Rare Birds, and Further Possibilites: A Lambda Litfest Reading

Friday, March 10th, 7 – 8pm
Poetic Research Bureau 
951 Chung King Road,
Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Celebrate debut poetry collections from Chen Chen, Kazumi Chin, Michelle Lin, and Shelley Wong with a reading and interactive arts workshop as part of Lambda Litfest 2017! Build a house that disrupts containment and binaries, that shapes identity and language—a house that exists in being built, not one we belong to, but work toward.

LAMBDA LITFEST is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and letters in the Southland. Lambda LitFest will be held in Los Angeles, California from March 6 – 12, 2017, with all events FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required.

Sunday Kind of Love featuring Wo Chan and Orlando Ricardo Menes

Sunday, March 19th, 5 – 7pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V)  
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, DC, 20009

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic and reading series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the March event features Wo Chan and Orlando Ricardo Menes! An open mic segment will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock, Kundiman, Letras Latinas, and Busboys and Poets.

Poetry & Migration Event at the Poetry Foundation, featuring Tarfia Faizullah, José B. Gonzalez, Hieu Minh Nguyen, & Emmy Pérez


Wednesday, March 29th, 7 – 9 PM
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Free admission

“Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration” is the inaugural theme of the Poetry Coalition, a collective of twenty organizations around the country, who will present programs on the shared topic in March. This reading, cosponsored with Kundiman and Letras Latinas, presents poets Hieu Minh Nguyen, José B. González, Tarfia Faizullah, and Emmy Pérez.

Hieu Minh Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow, a poetry editor for Muzzle magazine, and the author of This Way to the Sugar (2014) and the forthcoming collection Not Here (2018). José B. González is the author of the International Latino Book Award Finalist, Toys Made of Rock. A Fulbright Scholar, he has been a featured speaker at colleges throughout the United States, as well as the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Tarfia Faizullah’s poems appear widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, and have been translated into Bengali, Spanish, Persian, and Chinese. She is the author of Seam (2016) and Registers of Illuminated Villages (forthcoming in 2018). Emmy Pérez, a past CantoMundo fellow, is the author of With the River on Our Face (2016) and Solstice (2011).

Cosponsored with The Poetry Foundation and Letras Latinas at Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies. 

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