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Kundiman Reading Salon

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

View Venue Website, 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205 + Google Map

Kundiman 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.

In partnership with Literary Arts, Kundiman brings you a reading salon for BIPOC writers. The theme is “Burden, Bliss, and Balance.”

Hosts Jennifer Perrine and Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito will lead writing exercises and a community discussion based on the theme. Writers may then sign up to share in an open mic.

This event is open to everyone, but only people identifying as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color will be invited to read. Light snacks will be provided.

If you have any questions or wish to register, please email Jessica Meza-Torres at

Jennifer Perrine

Jennifer Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Their recent poems, stories, and essays appear in New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, JuxtaProse, The Rumpus, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. Perrine lives in Portland, Oregon, where they co-host the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teach creative writing to youth and adults, and serve as a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) consultant.


Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito

Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito is a writer, judge, and mother. When she’s not spending time with her family outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, she’s crafting stories in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or whatever genre-bending she can get away with. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Nailed Magazine, Red Penguin Collections, Buckman Journal, Flame Tree Press’s Asian Ghost Stories, Strangehouse’s Chromophobia, Weirdbook of Startling Stories, Not a Pipe’s Stories Within, and Black Spot Book’s Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror. She also co-chairs the Young Willamette Writers PDX program that provides free writing classes for high school and middle school students.


925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
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