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  • Date: October 13
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm PT
  • Location: Lapis Theater
    1634 11th Ave.

Kundiman Asian American Fall Writers Showcase

Kundiman and Hugo House present a fall reading showcasing local writers of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) diaspora. Featuring Liezel Moraleja Hackett, Kalehua Kim, Lavanya Vasudevan and Shankar Narayan with hosts Ari Laurel and Perry Meas, this series of poets and prose writers bring us new work.

Lavanya Vasudevan

Lavanya Vasudevan

Lavanya Vasudevan is an Indian-American writer living near Seattle, WA. Her stories appear in Ploughshares, Chicago Quarterly Review, Wigleaf, The Pinch Journal, and elsewhere. Her work has been selected for Wigleaf Top 50, The Best Small Fictions Anthology, and The Masters Review Anthology. She is an alum of the inaugural American Short Fiction Workshop, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, Kenyon Review Workshop, and Tin House Workshop. Find her online at and on Twitter at @vanyala.

Liezel Moraleja Hackett

Liezel Moraleja Hackett

Liezel Moraleja Hackett (she/her) is a Filipino American writer and choreographer whose work often dwells in the space between dance and illness, culture and captivity. Liezel has an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She is a contributing writer for Write or Die Tribe, with works in The Minison Project, Sobbing in Seafood City Vol. 1 (Sampaguita Press), Clamor Literary Journal (2017, 2018), Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery (UOG Press), and The Friday Haiku (Ponyak Press).

Kalehua Kim

Kalehua Kim

Kalehua Kim is a poet living in the Seattle area. Born of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, and Portuguese descent, her multicultural background informs much of her work. A finalist for the James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poetry, her poems have appeared in Poetry NorthwestCalyx, and ‘Ōiwi, A Native Hawaiian Journal

Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan


Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, and River Heron. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of civil rights and technology. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at

Describe your teaching style.

As a teacher, I aim to create an inclusive, respectful, courageous, open, mutually engaging, and joyful space that connects with each writer as a complete being and helps move them toward finding and strengthening their true voice. Creating a writing community is also an explicit aim of my classes — a space in which writers learn and explore together, inspire growth in one another's writing, and serve as resources for one another even after the class has ended.

I combine the following key elements:


I aim for an environment in which writers will feel empowered to engage deeply with the subject matter, connect it to their own experiences and themes, and create their best and most fearless writing.


I teach my classes in a structured but flexible way that strikes a balance between following a preset curriculum and allowing opportunities for new ideas to open up channels of learning. I create spaces where all writers can engage and explore together, understanding that everyone has valuable knowledge and perspectives to contribute.


Learning, for me, always goes both ways, and I continue to be humbled by how much I learn in every class I teach. My classes include lots of engagement and discussion, and build in in-class writing as well as courageous sharing. Writers are also encouraged to highlight questions or other needs so I can provide resources in response.


Writing classes should be fun! I aim to work with a range of emotions including humor and levity, which can help balance somber subject matter. I often work with subject matter that brings out strong emotions, which I try to recognize and create appropriate space to work through.


I believe teaching without connection is impossible. So I try to get to know and understand writers in my classes as complete human beings in the context of their writing goals, and to encourage them to get to know, understand, and learn from one another. Writers need other writers, and I see the project of strengthening the mutual bond between writers as being every bit as important as imparting knowledge of a particular subject matter.


Ultimately, I aim to impact the lives of writers in my classes by helping them find and strengthen their voices and achieve their own writing goals, whatever those may be.