Asian American Arts Alliance

2016 Wai Look Awardees

Sarah Gambito and Joseph Legaspi, co-founders of Kundiman.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony.  She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.

Photo Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold (forthcoming in 2017 from CavanKerry Press) and Imago (University of Santo Tomas (Philippines) and CavanKerry Press (U.S.)), and two chapbooks: Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of The Blair Prize, and Subways (Thrush Press).  His works have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, New England Review, jubilat, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton), Coming Close (Prairie Lights/University of Iowa Press), among others.  He is a recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Filipino Global Literary Awards, Writers Omi/Ledig House, and the Filipino-American National Historical Society. He co-founded and currently serves on the Board of Kundiman (, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.  

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