2013 Favorites: Poet and Kundiman Co-Founder, Sarah Gambito’s picks

This year, we asked guests we’ve featured on The Blood-Jet Writing Hour in 2013 to share with us their favorite books, literary magazines, and reading series from the year.

This post features poet and co-founder of Kundiman, the fantastic Asian American poetry organization, Sarah Gambito.  She writes:

ourandromedaFavorite books of 2013:  I was awash in a garden of tears and awe after reading Brenda Shaughnessy’s Our Andromeda.  I also loved Alison Bechdel’s Fun House which was so wise and brave and deep.

Favorite Literary Magazine of 2013: The Rattapallax app based magazine. I could not believe how beautiful and forward thinking this publication is.

Favorite Reading Series of 2013: I’m going to have to say Kundiman’s revamped Reading Series at Verlaine. The 2.0 version of this series now includes an open mic for writers of color and, as always, free lychee martinis.  What’s not to love?




Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Matadora (Alice James Books) andDelivered (Persea 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. Current research focuses on post-modern U.S. immigration via Internet-based poetics. She is co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization that promotes Asian American poetry.