Ends on January 15, 2019

$25.00 USD

In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham College at Rose Hill. 

Between December 1st and January 15th, apply to the Kundiman Retreat here by sending 5 pages of prose (1,250 words maximum). Please double-space and use 12 point standard font. You can submit a short piece or an excerpt from a longer piece of writing. 

Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief paragraph describing what you would like to accomplish at the Kundiman Retreat.

This application form is for new fellow application only. Returning fellows do not need to apply.

Notification on application status will be given by February 28th.


The Kundiman Retreat is held at Fordham University's beautiful Rose Hill Campus located in the Bronx, NYC.

If you have any questions about accessibility or if you need any accommodations, please email info@kundiman.org.


The Retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as Asian American. 


The non-refundable tuition fee is $375. Thanks to the Fordham College at Rose Hill, room and board are provided free to accepted fellows. The application fee is $25.


Tania James is the author of the novel Atlas of Unknowns, the short story collection Aerogrammes, and the novel The Tusk That Did the Damage, all published by Knopf. Atlas was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Indie Next Notable, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a Best Book of 2009 for The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR. Aerogrammes was a Best Book of 2012 for Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, One Story, and A Public Space. Two stories from Aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2013. The Tusk That Did the Damage was named a Best Book of 2015 by The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. In 2016, Tusk was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Financial Times/Oppenheimer Award. Tania has been a fellow of Ragdale, Macdowell, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fulbright Program. She teaches in the MFA program at George Mason University and lives in Washington DC.

Shawn Wong is the author of two novels, Homebase and American Knees and editor and co-editor of six anthologies of Asian American or American multicultural literature, including the landmark anthology, Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers. Americanese, the award-winning film version of American Knees was released in 2006 and directed by Eric Byler. He is completing a third novel, The Ancient and Occupied Heart of Greg Li, a novel about anonymity, gender, and the history of writing. Wong is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media at the University of Washington where he teaches courses on Asian American literature, literature of social difference, and screenwriting. He is also one of the founding instructors of The Red Badge Project, a storytelling workshop for veterans across Washington State (theredbadgeproject.org).