A Kundiman Reading

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Featuring Amy Lam, Neil Aitken, and Rick Barot, three fellows from the annual retreat dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American literature. Michelle Peñaloza hosts. [21+]

For the complete Lit Crawl Seattle line-up, please go here: http://litcrawl.org/seattle/2015-schedule

About the Writers
Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize, and founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. A former computer programmer of Chinese, Scottish, and English descent, he was born in Vancouver, BC and raised in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and the western United States and Canada. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He recently completed a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at USC and now lives in Vancouver, WA. His second book of poetry, Babbage’s Dream, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.

Rick Barot has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is also the poetry editor for New England Review.

Amy Lam is the associate editor at Bitch Media, a Kundiman fellow, and former WorldTeach volunteer. She tweets @amyadoyzie and is a Portland Trail Blazers fan.

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry can be found in Asian American Literary Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, The Collagist and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and Hugo House, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others.
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