EVENTS

Forging a Compass to Craft Fearless Poems with Arhm Choi Wild
January 13th – February 17th in Google Classroom
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Class description. Who do you write to? For? About? Around? With? What permission do you need to write the story that’s been haunting you? How does the idea of an audience impact the ways we write? What would we write if we had the permission to name and claim ourselves in all our mess and trying, to tell our stories in the exact ways they demand to be told? How could we make room for expansive change and new possibilities with the sheer honesty and vulnerability of our work? In this generative workshop, we’ll explore these questions by reading a variety of writers’ “compass” poems that guide us into the central territory of a writer’s work, whether that is found in the first poem of a writer’s collection or a seminal piece that a body of poems continually point and talk back to. Participants will leave this workshop with feedback on five of their original poems, and hopefully a clearer manifesto on the politics/poetics of their writing as well as a heightened sense of permission to set loose the poems that only they could write.

POETRY OF QUEER DIASPORA

kundiman pride celebration

Kundiman is hosting our first ever celebration of queer Asian American writers for queer literati and publishing folks in New York. Our hope is to introduce them to Kundiman and our strong affinity with queer writers and literature. We’ve invited luminaries from the queer literary world such as directors of the National Book Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the Academy of American Poets.

POETS & wRITERS READING

Arhm Choi of Brooklyn Community Pride, an organization funded by the Readings & Workshops program, at our sixth annual Connecting Cultures Reading in New York City.

Reimagining the Beloved: Love Poems to X

VALENTINE’S DAY IS FOR CONSUMERS. AND LOVE POEMS FOR LOSERS. OR ARE THEY?

Let’s re-claim—and re-conceptualize—LOVE. This is an invitation on that most rosy of holidays and in a dark time to RETHINK the love poem and REIMAGINE the beloved. Have you anti-love poems? Love poems to resistance?  To self/self-care? Ghazals for Gaza and lyrics for labor rights? Who is your beloved?

READING | Featured Poets:
Arhm Choi, Kundiman Fellow and Slam Poet
Vikas Menon, a co-writer of the comic Priya’s Shakti and the shadow puppet play Feathers of Fire
Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, 2016 Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellow
Zohra Saed, editor of the chapbook Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos and Notebook from Turkestan
Paul Tran, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Poet-In-Residence at Urban Word NYC

GREENLIGHT bOOKSTORE: Poetry Reading with Jon Pineda and Bonnie Chau

Poet, memoirist, and novelist Jon Pineda presents his new book Let’s No One Get Hurt, with a night of readings and conversation. With the cinematic and terrifying beauty of the American South humming behind each line, “Let’s No One Get Hurt” is a coming-of-age story set equally between real-world issues of race and socioeconomics, and a magical, Huck Finn-esque universe of community and exploration. Deep in the swamps of the American South, a fifteen-year old squats in an abandoned boathouse with her father, a disgraced college professor, living on the fringe, scavenging what she can. When she meets the leader of a pack of errant, privileged boys, things take a devastating turn. Pineda presents his new Southern Gothic novel with an evening of readings and conversation with his fellow Kundiman fellows including fiction writer Bonnie Chau and poet Arhm Choi Wild.  A signing and Q&A follows the presentation.

Poets Ashna Ali, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, and Arhm Choi Wild present a poetry reading and panel that brings together their voices as queer and transgender poets of diaspora, to consider the role of historical and generational memory, its erasures and forms of persistence, in cultivating diverse practices of QTPOC futurity.