An Answer to Darkness

A Feature with Kundiman Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian-American literature. Through readings and workshops; Kavad, an intergenerational community-based storytelling program; an annual retreat; and a Youth Intensive program for high school students in The Bronx, Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian-American…

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Ansley Moon, Dao Ling, Arhm Choi Wild, Elaine Wang, George Abraham

Ansley Moon is the author of the poetry collection How to Bury the Dead (2011) and the recipient of awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, among others, as well as a recent finalist for the Jake Adam York Poetry Prize and the Great Indian Poetry Collective Emerging Poets Prize. She lives and works in New York.

Dao Ling writes poetry and creative nonfiction, among other genres, to contribute to the abundance and diversity of truths in our world. She has a received a poetry fellowship from Kundiman as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination for her work. Her writing most recently appears in On She Goes, Taiwan’s Centered magazine, and Racist Sandwich podcast. As an inaugural participant of Spotify’s Bootcamp for Women of Color podcasters, Dao Ling is working on a writing and audio documentary in which she and her grandmother talk story about how the China-Taiwan and U.S.-Mexico borders have shaped their lives.

Arhm Choi Wild is a Kundiman fellow who holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize in 2019 and has been published in the Daring to Repair anthology and in Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Split this Rock, Foglifter, Two Hawks Quarterly, and other magazines. She works as an educator in New York City and has competed in poetry slams and performed across the country, including at Brave New Voices, The New York City Poetry Festival, and the Bowery Poetry Club. She can be found on Instagram and Twitter @arhmcwild or at

Elaine Wang has been published in Elastic Magazine, Memorious, Sunstar, Spires, Analecta, cahoodaloodaling, Hot House, Zero Ducats, the Lantern Review, FreezeRay, and Front Porch (now Porter House Review). She was part of 92Y’s #wordswelivein project, 7x7’s Exquisite Corpse (in collaboration with Kenji Liu), and recently part of Unmargin’s “Incantations” ( She is a Kundiman Fellow and 2014 and 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in Los Angeles.

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American poet and Bioengineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), and the chapbooks the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). They are a Kundiman, Watering Hole, and Poetry Incubator fellow, winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, and recipient of the Best Poet title from the College Union Poetry Slam International. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming online in The Paris Review, Tin House, LitHub, Boston Review, and The Rumpus, and anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry and Nepantla.

Arthur Asa

Arthur Asa was born in Monterrey City, México. He speaks less and draws more every day. As it should be.

First Featured In: No. 14, summer 2019

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