Kundiman, Pepe, & Oh What a Beautiful Day, Self Finally Had Her House Cleaned

Today Mauricio came.  He was supposed to come two months ago but got too busy.  Self can’t insist, since he gives her a “special rate” for his services, ha ha haaaa!

The house was getting pretty depressing.  Now everything’s OK again with self’s brain.

Of course, since the house was so over-due for cleaning, Mauricio and his helpers had to stay almost the entire day.  Which meant self was in the backyard, in the cold, with the two li’l crits.  She got a lot of weeding done, though!

Then, she got an announcement on Facebook, from Joseph O. Legaspi.  Kundiman is once again open for applications.  Self happened to mention that the son of a good friend had been a participant in a Kundiman workshop, a few years ago.  At the time, he was an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon.  Joseph immediately knew who it was.  Is that amazing, or what?

Following, the abridged version of the official announcement for Kundiman:


2010 Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat

In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian-American poets, Kundiman is sponsoring an annual poetry retreat at Fordham University in New York City.  During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets will conduct workshops with fellows.  Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings will also be scheduled.

2010 Faculty:

  • Regie Cabico, a spoken word pioneer having won top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams
  • Tan Lin is the author of the poetry collections Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe (Sun & Moon Press) and BlipSoak01 (atelos).  His visual and video work have been exhibited at the Yale University Art Museum and New York’s Marianne Boesky Gallery, among others.
  • Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, and three books of poetry:  A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope.

Fee:  $350 (includes Room and Board)  —  What a deal!

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2010.  (For submission guidelines, please check the website!)

Questions?  E-mail info@kundiman.org

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