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AWP Event: Kundiman’s 20th Birthday: A Red and White Party
February 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
What I said is white was a favorite of mine.
When the two of us saw each other last night,
I dressed in red and you wore white.
—”Kundiman” by Emmanuel Lacaba, translated by Paolo Javier
Kundiman is throwing a red-and-white-themed 20th birthday party at AWP! Join us for this offsite celebration as we gather to celebrate the last twenty years and toast to the future of Kundiman and our community. All friends of Kundiman are welcome.
The first 50 attendees will receive a free drink covered by Kundiman.
Optional dress code: Festive attire. Wear red, white, or both!
MISSIONKundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.
VISIONKundiman creates a space where Asian Americans 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 the legacy we will leave for our future.
HISTORYIn the early 2000s, poets Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi bonded over challenges they encountered as students and writers, and sought to create a nurturing yet rigorous environment for Asian American literature. They envisioned a space that would facilitate the creation of new work, foster mentoring relationships, and address the particular challenges facing Asian American writers. Out of those discussions, Kundiman presented its inaugural Workshop Retreat for poets at The University of Virginia in 2004.