Kundiman Poetry Reading, Featuring Melody Gee

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 6:00pm


Melody S. Gee is a St. Louis poet and author of The Convert’s Heart is Good to Eat (Driftwood Press, 2022); The Dead in Daylight (2016, Cooper Dillon Books); and Each Crumbling House (2010, Perugia Press). She is the recipient of Kundiman fellowships in poetry and fiction, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

Kathryn Hargett-Hsu 徐凯蒂 is an MFA candidate in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. Born and raised in Alabama, she is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Most recently, she received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Lynda Hull Memorial Prize. Find her in Best New Poets, Crazyhorse, Arts & Letters, Muzzle Magazine, DIAGRAM, Cherry Tree, TaiwaneseAmerican.org, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. 

STUTI is a poet and comedian. She has two chapbooks, Syrup and Green & Divine. She runs an open mic in chicago to empower Black and brown comedians. She only eats at restaurants where cooks facetime their family. You can find her at @cyborgstuti on all social media platforms. 

Andy Chen was born and raised in New Jersey. He is a Kundiman graduate and holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His poems appear in Ploughshares, december, The Offing, and Denver Quarterly, and his reviews appear in Hong Kong Review of Books, Hyphen, and Colorado Review. He teaches at John Burroughs School in St. Louis.


Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature, and creating a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. Kundiman’s programs-- including an annual retreat at Fordham University, dozens of readings and workshops across the country each year, a poetry book prize, and youth intensive programming for high school students-- serve to build community, nurture writers and readers, and ensure Asian American stories reach broad audiences throughout the country. More than 200 writers have attended the Kundiman Retreat and have collectively published 228 books and chapbooks.


Books for signing *must* be purchased from Subterranean Books and are available online or in-store now and on the night of the event.

Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6271 Delmar
Saint Louis, MO 63130
The Convert's Heart is Good to Eat By Melody S. Gee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949065176
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Driftwood Press - June 28th, 2022