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A Beautiful Child

By Omar Sakr | May 22, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I should say kholo, my mother’s brother. / I should say umja, my father’s brother / so you know which branch of the tree to cut. Or / cherish.

Keeping Tabs: Refusing Death

By Ashley Somwaru | May 18, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Religious supremacy, colonial erasure’s legacies, and seventy years of Palestinian resistance to occupation.

Introducing the 2018-2019 AAWW Margins Fellows

By AAWW | May 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

These four writers will spend the next year writing fiction about Iraq beyond war, creative nonfiction on diasporic women’s silences around trauma, memoir about legacies of abuse and the Cultural Revolution, and poetry of displacement and loss.

AAWW TV: Robot Coda

By AAWW | May 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Margaret Rhee, Ching-In Chen, Seo-Young Chu and Mimi Mondal explore the intersections of love, race, and technology in their writing.

Sitting the Month

By Kristin Chang | May 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

These are all birth stories, but I will not tell you mine.

Face | Off

By Su Hwang | May 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Pipedream: / I wondered what it would be like to strip away / slit eyes—sick of assimilation; the debilitating / task of tireless reinvention.

May Bookmarks: 20 New Books by Asian Writers

By Ernest Tjia and Yasmin Adele Majeed | May 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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May brings Bollywood love poems, Hawaiian gothic fiction, and the literary legacy of indentured labor in the Caribbean.

AAWW TV: Translation/Migration Mixtape

By AAWW | May 3, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Janice Lobo Sapigao, Raquel Salas Rivera and Adeeba Talukder remix translation through love letters, laws, and binary code.

Canceled Texts: An Interview with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

By Rami Karim | May 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The artist and writer behind South/South talks experiments in social fiction, sharing the secrets of strangers, and writing fictional telegrams by Luis Buñuel.

A Woman May Not Be a Safe Place: Two Poems by Diana Khoi Nguyen

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | April 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

When I was born, my parents put me on a rug on the ground and stood / staring at me until the light outside dimmed and then there in the / darkening we three were quiet for a while

Sadakichi Hartmann, a “Missing Link” of American Poetry

By Floyd Cheung | April 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

How the Japanese American poet, art critic, and performer helped shape Modernist poetry as he brought Japanese poetic forms into English

Keeping Tabs: Through the Grapevine

By AAWW | April 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Confronting whiteness, the ghazal as an elegy to queerness, and talking to Valeria Luiselli about American immigration policy.

AAWW TV: Abdellah Taïa and Meena Alexander

By AAWW | April 26, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Belladonna* Collaborative, Brooklyn Public Library and Asian American Writer’s Workshop are proud to co-present Abdellah Taïa in conversation with poet and scholar Meena Alexander.

A Little Bit Like Worship: An Interview with Elaine Castillo

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | April 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of America is Not the Heart talks commemorating the mundane in fiction, writing about working class queer women, and re-claiming the Bay Area in her novel.

The New Song of Myself: An Interview with Jennifer Crandall

By Liz Hildreth and Jennifer Crandall | April 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Journalist Jennifer Crandall is re-claiming Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” through the voices and stories of the South.

Elegy Ending in the Sound of a Sewing Machine: Two Poems by Cindy Tran

By Cindy Tran | April 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I could live like this, I thought, lie here / and have my own kind of drifting blue.

The Poet’s Education

By Jenny Boully | April 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

That was the first time I knew that there must have been others out there, just like me, who were sad and lonely and just wanted some kind of beauty in their lives and maybe for a boy to love them.

April Bookmarks: 24 New Books by Asian Writers

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | April 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

April brings post-Fukushima dystopias, memoirs of the writing life, post-modern meditations on alienation, mythic novels of the Iranian revolution, and more.

Are You This or That?: An Interview with YZ Chin

By Mira T. Lee | April 18, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Though I Get Home talks writing against censorship, non-traditional “immigrant stories,” and writing a novel to think through her life.

Ten Enduring Statements from Lost or Forgotten Films

By John Yau | April 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We wonder if this is what heaven is like—an old movie theater with thick velvet curtains that part, as the lights dim and the naked cherubs peering down from the blue and gold ceiling vanish, like comets.

AAWW TV: The Body and Migration

By AAWW | April 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda and Celina Su grasp at a new vocabulary for grief, placelessness, and healing in their poetry.

Driving Lessons

By Michelle Tong | April 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I want to make / change and am ready / for new challenge. / I can stay between white white lines.

I Just Want to Write: An Interview with Wawa

By Tammy Lai-Ming Ho | April 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Hong Kong poet talks the Umbrella movement, being an outsider and an insider in Hong Kong, and how she translates the world.

Empty Altars

By Johanna Dong | April 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Văn An had neglected ritual, not realizing that this was a land now full of ghosts left too long unmoored. That there might be consequences for forgetting to fear.

Ars Poetica in a Dream Language

By Anni Liu | April 3, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I dream my mother / unravels / hair out of my mouth / in English / she asks me / to speak Chinese / coils the hair / into a dark gloss / whorled / in her palm

Indigenous Species

By Khairani Barokka | March 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Hard to tell from your / Silence where you’re taking me. / But I’m guessing / It’s loin-deep in the place / Where they’re collapsing / Entire cosmologies into pulp and paper.

AAWW TV: Go Home! Launch

By AAWW | March 29, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Karissa Chen, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Chaya Babu, and Alexander Chee joined us at AAWW to celebrate Go Home!

Rewriting the Curry Book: A Conversation with Naben Ruthnum

By Rohan Kamicheril | March 29, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Curry talks forced nostalgia, the commodification of curry, and playing with the tropes of South Asian literature.

Another Portrait of Dad

By Sesshu Foster | March 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I saw him before he saw me, staring off at a distant point. When he fixed on my face as I crossed the yellow lawn, he recognized me and grinned.

recollect

By Lawrence Ypil | March 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

How do I tell you that I have done this before? / How to build a diorama of what I am not.

March Bookmarks: 18 New Books by Asian Writers

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | March 21, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

March is a month packed with Southern gothics, Partition diaries, postcards from the future, and books that re-map the universe.

Moments

By Ayesha Raees | March 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The floor broke apart / the tasbeeh into ninety / nine beady reflections / and my mother is still / able to fake a surprise / when she can’t locate / them all.

Cethu

By Nabila Najwa | March 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I keep the butts of my clove cigarettes in a candy tin. I pound it shut, hide it away. So it stays a secret.

Keeping Tabs: Songs of Ourselves

By AAWW | March 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Bob Dylan in China, womanhood beyond identity politics, and toughing it out in Cairo.

AAWW TV: Nerds in Love

By AAWW | March 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Weike Wang and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi read and discuss their compelling and unusual coming-of-age novels with Madhu Kaza.

in the end we are humanlike (Blade Runner 2049)

By Nina Powles | March 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I am the last of them—a woman with her own dreams, not salvaged from the cloud-based data lake that I created.

Deep End

By Kaitlin Chan | March 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I remember exactly where I was when I found out Ren Hang killed himself.

AAWW Staff Picks: Our Go Home! Reading List

By AAWW | March 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We’ve put together a round-up of books inspired by Go Home!, our new anthology of new Asian diasporic writing.

AAWW TV: The Shanghai Literary Review Launch

By AAWW | March 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Shanghai Literary Review editors and contributors talk about their creative process, translingual practice, and literary journal publication.

Ants Among Elephants

By Sujatha Gidla | March 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Satyam was all alone in a strange town with no one to ask for help. His family had made a mistake. They had been greedy. They wanted too much for their own good.

Family Perils: A Conversation with Yang Huang and Kirstin Chen

By Yang Huang | March 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Yang Huang and Kirstin Chen talk histories of the Cultural revolution, betrayal, and the importance of craft

Three Tongue Twisters: Poems by Duy Doan

By Duy Doan | March 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

One lover was bold and touched / me once behind a door, but it was her cousin / Vandie, the one who never looked at me, that I loved. // One lover was kind, so kind, in kissing / me at all.

AAWW TV: North Korean Stories

By AAWW | March 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Against the mainstream imaginary of North Korea as irretrievably unknowable, Krys Lee and Barbara Demick discuss what it means to tell and imagine stories from there.

American Dystopia: An Interview with Omar El Akkad

By Zaina Arafat | February 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The American War author and journalist talks climate change fiction, writing in the age of Trump, and reinventing America in his novel.

40 Years: Poems by Rami Karim

By Rami Karim | February 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Older immigrants talk as if Reagan invited them to dinner. / The dream never showed, but we can paint chain link white.

Keeping Tabs: Constellations

By AAWW | February 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The making of a Muslim intellectual, remembering Asma Jahangir, and the urbanization of Chinese fiction.

Witness

By Krystal A. Sital | February 22, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

She felt her frozen image splitting, cracking a webbed pattern over her. She fell like shards of ice and glass sprinkling, twinkling, and shattering like diamond rain upon her mother.

Journey for Justice: A Conversation with Gayle Romasanta and Dawn Mabalon

By Gayle Romasanta | February 21, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Gayle Romasanta and Dawn Mabalon are on a mission to write the first Filipino American history book for children.

All About the Birds

By Li-Young Lee | February 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

They might spend most of their days in the sky, / but every evening they remember / to come back to earth.

February Bookmarks: 11 New Books from Asian Writers

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | February 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Li-Young Lee grapples with God, Kim Fu goes to summer camp, Krystal A. Sital uncovers family secrets, and more.

AAWW TV: Personal In The Political

By AAWW | February 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Hala Alyan, Hayan Charara and Marwa Helal explore the boundaries between personal and political, as well as what a home looks like amidst conditions of war and displacement.

Dreams and Divination

By Xiao Yue Shan | February 13, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I lay my head down on a pillow pilled / with characters, yellow tracks and traces / of the name I was given.

Baby Doll

By Zhu Yue | February 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The doll stares at its owner, eyes sparkling with cruelty. It wakes the baby up, hands her the toy block. The baby, as though possessed, crams the toy in her mouth.

The Poetry of Chosen Families

By Catherine Chen | February 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In their new poetry collections, Chen Chen and Eunsong Kim offer up new possibilities for kinship and survival.

Keeping Tabs: Truth Still Denied

By | February 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Remembering the Pulse nightclub shooting, Liu Jian’s latest film, the coded gaze of art history, and more. We also continue our Black History Month series.

Creating As You Go: An Interview with Mira T. Lee

By Angie Kim | February 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Everything Here is Beautiful speaks about sisterhood, refusing categorization, and writing about mental health.

After Félix Resurrección Hidalgo’s Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho

By Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. | February 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The usual / drama of chiaroscuro, / how it begins / in medias res for the sake / of the viewer.

Paint by Numbers

By Sung Yim | February 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I am tempted to reframe the flashing atrocities of memory and imbue them with significance—to stave off the cold trickle of fear like germs in the abstract.

Keeping Tabs: Alternative Futures and Troubled Histories

By AAWW | February 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Black History Month, the value of remembering, and the often silent heroism of existence.

AAWW TV: Race, Music, Ghost Stories

By AAWW | February 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Margo Jefferson, Hari Kunzru, and Kevin Nguyen talk cultural appropriation, how race haunts America, and pop music’s complicated legacies.

AAWW TV: Searching for Home

By AAWW | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Dina Nayeri, Rami Karim, Alia Malek, and Roja Heydarpour discuss the complex nature of home: a place that elusively remains in flux through return and exile.

AAWW TV: Apocalyptic Premonitions

By AAWW | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Viet Dinh, Oki Sogumi and Janani Balasubramanian talk about care work and connections amidst premonitions of disaster and ecological collapse.

Portraits of Mao

By Faye Yan Zhang | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

For some reason, all of Warhol’s portraits show Mao from an angle that reveals only one of the Chairman’s ears.

Science, Fiction: An Interview with Weike Wang

By Kyle Lucia Wu | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Chemistry talks mad scientists, model minority, and defending your imagination as a writer of color.

Hiding Skin

By Hazem Fahmy | January 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Studio Era music makes me want to dress fancy and pretty; leave the house in gorgeous armor, but I know too well the earth’s hunger and I will not satisfy it. Today I leave my house and I make sure no one can call me faggot.

Following the Path to Water

By Humera Afridi | January 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Three NYC imams, the Aegean sea, and one writer’s passage toward a new relation to faith

January Bookmarks

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | January 26, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Radical Taiwanese American poetry, Yasunari Kawabata’s final manuscript, a novel of the Sri Lankan refugee crisis, and more.

AAWW TV: Stubborn Dirty Snow

By AAWW | January 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Can Xue, the foremost—and coolest—writer of the Chinese avant-garde makes a rare appearance in New York alongside Porochista Khakpour.

Announcing Spring 2018 Workshops

By AAWW | January 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Do you want to write while developing a community of writers of color? We’re offering master classes and multi-session workshops from nine talented instructors.

Filipino time

By Janelle Marie Salanga | January 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

but really every word sounds like the sun/ sweltering in the middle of Santacruzan

In Search of Harmony

By Gary Singh | January 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Half-punk, half-easy listening, half-anti-authoritarian troublemaker, half-cheesy lounge music wannabe, how straddling two cultures has shaped my creative life

Keeping Tabs: At the Peephole

By AAWW | January 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Love poems by Li-Young Lee, Belal Mobarak re-maps Queens in poetry, and Nuar Alsadi stands at the peephole.

AAWW TV: The Poetics of Haunting

By AAWW | January 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Poets Jane Wong, Carlina Duan, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Muriel Leung explore the ways histories impact the work of Asian American writing across time and space.

Tearing Down White Supremacy: Takiyah Thompson and Loan Tran

By Nina Macapinlac | January 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Two Durham-based activists talk about pulling down Confederate statues, the poetry of displacement and war, and the sustained work behind every protest

Literature as a Third Eye

By Hideo Furukawa | January 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Having two eyes prevents us from simplifying things, from seeing everything around us two-dimensionally. I guess you could say that seeing through two eyes is what makes us human.

I Wore My Blackest Hair: Two Poems by Carlina Duan

By Carlina Duan | January 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I was her American / daughter, my tongue / my hardest muscle / forced to swallow / a muddy alphabet.

Keeping Tabs: Writing Authentically

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | January 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Chinese novelist in exile, the impossibility of authenticity in immigrant lit, Kristi Yamaguchi, unlaced, and more.

Body, Reconfigurations, glass

By Teng Qian Xi | January 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The world held us / In glass circles

Sea Mothers

By Janet Hong | December 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

My child, we all become white-haired soon enough.

Nyima Tsering’s Tears

By Tsering Woeser | December 22, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This was the first time he had seen so many exiled Tibetans of his own flesh and blood in a foreign land. Though they were only a few feet away, it was as if they were separated by ranges of mountains.

AAWW Staff Picks: Best of 2017

By AAWW | December 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

From Anelise Chen’s experimental autofiction to Bao Phi’s explosive poetry, the AAWW staff shares their favorite books they read in 2017

A Poetry of Deranged Witness: Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War

By Sukjong Hong | December 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

What gets lost in translation in the myth of American benevolence during the Korean War

which orientation with sea

By Nhã Thuyên | December 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

i have seen the line at the bottom of sky crack glimmers of clear light

Writing the Families We Want: An Interview with Chen Chen

By Yanyi | December 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Poet Chen Chen talks finding your family, queer Asian American poetry, and Journey to the West.

AAWW TV: Muslim Cool

By AAWW | December 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Zain Alam, Yunique A. Saafir, and Muna Mire investigate the ways young Muslims fight state power.

A History-to-Come of Helmbrellas: Their Features and Fates

By Norman Erikson Pasaribu | December 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Think about it: if rain accumulating above someone / resumes descent, where does it fall?

Keeping Tabs: Not Quite Touching

By AAWW | December 12, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Janice Lee on becoming the badger, Navneet Alang on baby names, new hopes, and familial history, Maya Mackrandilal on culture shaping art.

This is Not a Poem About My Mother

By Sreshtha Sen | December 12, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I tell C no one loves me like a mother would. / C says no one loves a fragile queer. I choke / on the thread as it slices words out:/ Say Ma say Mother America say Mother India say love me like a mother won’t.

Rainless Town – Monologue

By Li Zishu | December 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

From its very beginning this story is fated to be exposed by the light.

16 Writers on Their Favorite Translated Titles from Across Asia

By The Transpacific Literary Project | December 1, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In an increasingly divided world, translated literature brings us closer together. As the year draws to a close, we asked some of our favorite writers, editors, and translators for their recommendations.

November Bookmarks: 13 New Books by Asian Diasporic Writers

By Yasmin Majeed | November 30, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Leftist Singaporean fiction, experimental love poems to robots, reimagining the Vietnam War, and more.

AAWW TV: Refugee Requiem

By AAWW | November 30, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Patrick Rosal, Bao Phi, and Sokunthary Svay confront nationalist mythology with lyrical odes to the America we struggle against, and the one being built through struggle.

Stories: To My Grandfather

By Zhu Zhu | November 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘These were / all the gold coins that he laid by in a life of poverty, / saved up in the vault of his mind’

Living Inside That Sound: Two Poems by Natalie Wee

By Natalie Wee | November 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I remember / 亲爱的 / back then / how you robed / yourself in tall grass / & earthed your flesh / how your waiting / shrunk soldiers’ bayonets

Ashok and Aparna Spice Up the Neighborhood

By Ashok Kondabolu | November 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Comedian Aparna Nancherla talks standup, battling anxiety, and pushing the envelope as a woman of color in comedy

Old Goats, New Villages

By ZH Liew | November 22, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Animals are strangely perceptive—in their instinct to survive, they find a home

Three Poems from The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi

By Yanyi | November 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘What I / am—I’ve gone further than gambling, drug addiction, death— / I’ve killed the image of her daughter.’

Returning Home In My Own Way

By Park Wan-suh | November 17, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Nobody can stop things if they want to go back to their roots.

Coffee Diplomacy

By Nancy Agabian | November 17, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A quest for Armenian coffee in the inauguration’s aftermath led one writer to ask, how much of ourselves do we need to let go in order to see ourselves in others?

AAWW TV: Data, Poetry, Trauma

By AAWW | November 16, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Paisley Rekdal, Yanyi and Soyoung Yoon bring together nonfiction, brain science, trauma theory, poetry, and data visualization together to explore intergenerational trauma.

Keeping Tabs: Heroine Complex

By AAWW | November 16, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Cixin Liu on first contact, Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thanksgiving, the future of Mission Chinese, and new fiction from Rachel Khong.

The Debt of Fish and Ant

By The Transpacific Literary Project | November 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

When the tide rises, it is easy for the fish to prey on the ant, but when it ebbs, the fish becomes the ant’s prey.

In Two Days

By Siavash Saadlou | November 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Shayan closed his eyes and played for a couple of minutes. His touch was impeccable. His timing was flawless. His body movements were graceful. He ended on a C flat with his eyes still closed.’

Keeping Tabs: Out of the Darkness

By AAWW | November 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Kimiko Hahn speaks on Asian American Acitivism; Kazim Ali confronts political grabs in poetry.

Koh Su

By Puthut EA | November 8, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

All my early life was tied up in tales of nasi goreng.

So blonde

By Leah Silvieus | October 31, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Mine: thick & black, so coarse / when trimmed, the ends splintered / bare feet.’

The Experiment of the Tropics

By Lawrence Lacambra Ypil | October 31, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

That American thing · The good old good

AAWW TV: Tourism in Literature

By AAWW | October 26, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative?

Bei Dao’s Books in the Attic

By Bei Dao | October 25, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Suppressed sexual violence in the name of revolution lay in the abyss of our consciousness.

Keeping Tabs: Conversation

By | October 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Diversity in publishing, the lost history of comfort women, and Karen Tei Yamashita on her family history.

AAWW TV: Lola’s House

By AAWW | October 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

M. Evelina Galang tells the story of sixteen surviving Filipino comfort women in her new book, Lola’s House.

October Bookmarks: 16 New Books by Asian Diasporic Writers

By Yasmin Majeed | October 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A graphic history of the American surveillance state, Illokano love poems, the imagined correspondence between Miguel Cervantes and Chinese Ming Emperor Wanli, and more.

Hybrid Cookbook: Two Poems

By The Transpacific Literary Project | October 17, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Funny how it ends up that you’re the leftovers.

Corona Halal Meats

By Bushra Rehman | October 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The masjid wasn’t even close to finished, but our fathers were starting from the top and were building their way down.

Keeping Tabs: Forgotten History

By AAWW | October 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The literature of Arab dictators, Asian futurism, and America’s forgotten TV chef, Joyce Chen.

AAWW TV: Motor Gangs and Misfits of Seoul

By AAWW | October 12, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Young-ha Kim, one of the most talented and prolific Korean writers of his generation, made a rare appearance in New York to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, I Hear Your Voice.

The Paperless “Palestinian” and the Russian P’liceman

By Phil Metres | October 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The feeling of being claimed is halfway to feeling home, even if on the inside I’ve often felt like I didn’t quite belong.

The Quiet Ones

By Glenn Diaz | October 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

They always had us at hello, the Americans.

Process Questions: Two Poems by Karthik Purushothaman

By Karthik Purushothaman | October 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Which poem can defeat / the fear of dying / a meaningless death / and how to write that poem / staring into the barrel?’

Keeping Tabs: New Skins

By AAWW | October 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Patty Yumi Cottrell on the abyss, Leland Cheuk on battling cancer, and former Margins fellow Wo Chan on fashion and the body.

AAWW TV: Marriage, Plotted

By AAWW | October 5, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Danzy Senna and Katie Kitamura take on marriage and use it to hold a mirror to our turbulent emotional realities in their new novels.

In The Church

By Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.  | October 3, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Pray tell me, how much
are we paying for the sermon?

Keeping Tabs: Making and Taking Spaces

By AAWW | September 29, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The gentrification of punk, Anelise Chen on her grandmother’s ghost, Jonathan Saha on the dangers of excluding Rohingya Muslims from their own identity, and more.

Into the Hornet’s Nest: An Interview with Laleh Khadivi

By Kirin Khan | September 29, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of A Good Country talks about the final novel in her Kurdish trilogy, tribal longing, and the work that entertaining literature does

Siblings Take the Streets: An Interview with DACA-mented activists Cat & Li Adorno

By Nina Macapinlac | September 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Movimiento Cosecha organizers talk about life after DACA, vulnerability, and a border-traversing undocumented Spiderman

JFK Airport

By Celina Su | September 26, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘As if I could get un-situated / this airport a bubble hovering / in a void between celestial bodies / in but not of / the country I stand in.’

All My Grandmother’s Birds

By Moez Surani | September 26, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘I ventured out one morning and, from the lawn, I stared at all of the green beaks. I tried to count all of them but there were more buried, slumbering birds in our garden than I knew numbers for. And I remembered how in winter they left us and the air was so quiet and empty.’

Bona Fide Relationships

By AAWW | September 26, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Through stories, essays, and poems, writers imagine new narratives that speak to Trump’s Muslim ban

AAWWTV: Subjects of Interest

By AAWW | September 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Kamila Shamsie and Hirsh Sawney take on private grief in today’s political landscape in their new novels.

September Bookmarks: 13 Books by Asian Diasporic Writers

By Yasmin Majeed | September 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Asian American cyborg poetry, a rewriting of the historical legacies of the Vietnam War, reissues of Karen Tei Yamashita’s groundbreaking novels, and more from Asian diasporic writers this month.

Where Is

By Lawdenmarc Decamora | September 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

showbiz etceteras · commercial spaces · newspapered ideas

KonMarimasu: A Japanese American Incarceration Roadtrip

By Karen Tei Yamashita | September 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On Marie Kondo and the painful joy of preserving family history

Blueprints

By Tania De Rozario | September 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We don’t know what we need because we don’t know who we are. We don’t know who we are because we don’t remember who we were.

AAWWTV: Poetry Poetry V

By AAWW | September 7, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Sally Wen Mao and Emily Yoon joined us for a night of poetry.

Wasteful With Language: An Interview with Jenny Zhang

By T Kira Madden | September 7, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Sour Heart talks about channeling childhood in her fiction, balancing the soft with the scratchy in her stories, and getting tokenized as an Asian American writer.

#HeretoStay: 14 Things to Read as You Stand By Undocumented Immigrants

By Yasmin Majeed | September 5, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In the wake of the end of DACA, we’re sharing poems, essays and stories written for and about undocumented immigrants.

accent

By ko ko thett | September 5, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

People judge me by my skin. My skin’s purpose in life is to prove them wrong.

AAWW TV: Character & Invention in the Short Story

By AAWW | August 31, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Akhil Sharma and Kanishk Tharoor speak with Meera Nair about their celebrated short story collections.

Behind the Fiction: An Interview with Rachel Khong

By R.O. Kwon | August 31, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Goodbye, Vitamin talks about writing her first novel, charting lost memories, and bridging a life in fiction with a life of one’s own.

Keeping Tabs: A Critical Eye

By AAWW | August 29, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This week’s articles are about the current U.S. political climate–but don’t worry, we have some new tunes for you to enjoy, too!

AAWWTV: I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On

By AAWW | August 24, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim and Anelise Chen take on the life-killing forces of capitalism, the political status quo, and suicide in their new novels.

July and August Bookmarks: 12 New Books by Asian Diasporic Writers

By Yasmin Majeed | August 24, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This summer brings new Asian diasporic retellings of Antigone, the unlikely hero’s journey of an Asian American boy and his mecha, and a hybrid poetics of Japan’s violent history.

Beyond Gifted Hands: Reimagining Fair Housing in New York City

By Xueli Wang | August 23, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

How the fight against displacement calls for New York City’s Asian immigrant communities to defect from the “model minority” narrative.

Emptied: Two Poems by Hieu Minh Nguyen

By Hieu Minh Nguyen | August 22, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

There are countless ways / to justify company. Hunger, overdue balance, whatever. / Cartoon savage licking the throne clean. / & isn’t that what you always wanted? / To be filled & emptied?

AAWW TV: Migrant Father Fragment

By AAWW | August 17, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Q.M. Zhang and lê th? di?m thúy speak with Hua Hsu about their fragmented, hybrid works that explore themes of immigration, grief, and fatherhood.

Keeping Tabs: Imagining Survival

By AAWW | August 15, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Anelise Chen’s latest mollusk column, the painful search for Asian American identity, “anti-blah” writing and more are featured in this week’s link roundup.

Document

By Bao Phi | August 15, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In all the books I love, the hero doesn’t strike first. But then again, none of the heroes look like me.

Tell the Truth Sooner: An Interview with Abeer Hoque

By Piyali Bhattacharya | August 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The writer talks about her new memoir, Olive Witch, subverting her identity, and the tenuous link between memory and writing.

AAWW TV: Family vs. Immigration

By AAWW | August 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Novelist Shanthi Sekaran speaks with Race Forward’s Rinku Sen and Kavita Das about how our immigration system threatens families of color

ASEAN at 50: Poems from Across Southeast Asia

By The Transpacific Literary Project | August 7, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Half a century on, what does it mean to be part of ASEAN?

AAWW TV: Celebrating Nick Joaquin

By AAWW | August 3, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Gina Apostol, Ninotchka Rosca, Alex Gilvarry and Melissa R. Sipin joined us for a celebration of legendary Filipino writer Nick Joaquin

Azalea Azalea

By Aria Aber | August 1, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

For eleven / years I lied about where I’m from, / ashamed by the music of endings, // that deep hollow bell. How much of my yearly / tax is spent to bomb the dirt / that birthed me?, is a question // I never wanted to consider.

AAWW TV: Desi Queer

By AAWW | July 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Rahul Mehta and SJ Sindu read from their debut novels, Marriage of a Thousand Lies and No Other World

Keeping Tabs: Critical Memory, Radical Futurity

By AAWW | July 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On data, food, and criticality under capitalism and the State.

Keeping Tabs: Chasing Knowledge and Future Liberation

By AAWW | July 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Reads that encourage us to resist complacency and keep searching for new ways of thinking and being in the world–all in the name of self-determination.

Ashok and Miho Get Optimistic

By Ashok Kondabolu | July 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Ashok speaks to Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto about her new creative endeavors, Tokyo versus New York, and what gets lost in translation.

AAWW TV: White People & Asian Dropouts with Lisa Ko, Jade Sharma, Ed Lin

By AAWW | July 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Lisa Ko reads from her debut novel; Ed Lin and Jade Sharma read their stories of Asians who don’t fit the model minority stereotype.

Not Dead

By Nina Sharma | July 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

What the parallels between the violent murders of The Walking Dead’s Glenn Rhee and Vincent Chin tell us about being Asian in America.

Keeping Tabs: Liminal Presents and Navigations

By AAWW | July 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On building bridges in liminal spaces, and carving new pathways through the unknown.

No Radio

By Sokunthary Svay | July 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Children are playing soldier. / Fetuses ripped from wombs dangle / in nearby trees. Yet he opened his mouth / and a flood of love melodies poured out.’

Keeping Tabs: Strange Places and Safe Havens

By AAWW | July 7, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On accountability – as readers, writers, and members of society.

AAWW TV: Interactive Reading with Thi Bui

By AAWW | July 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Watch Thi Bui read an excerpt from her illustrated memoir The Best We Can Do with the help of some audience members.

it will be too late when i learn the meaning of americanah

By Taeyin ChoGlueck | June 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

pink spam injected into the bloodstream / won’t make one minnesotan, / the difference of an exporter and importer, / colonizer and the colonized with a nine digit ssn

On Vincent Chin and the Kind of Men You Send to Jail

By Mark Tseng-Putterman | June 23, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Thirty five years ago, Asian America’s faith in the justice system was shaken. Have we forgotten the lesson?

June Bookmarks: 8 Books by Asian Diasporic Writers to Read this Month

By Yasmin Majeed | June 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This month in Asian diasporic lit brings new queer desi stories, “badass letters to comicdom,” and love songs from down and out Asian American country music stars.

Trying To Recognize People Like Me

By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan | June 16, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Violet Kupersmith, and T Kira Madden speak to each other about mixed-race identities in life and literature

AAWW TV: Ode to DJ Khaled

By AAWW | June 15, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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Marwa Helal reads two poems at the Workshop, including her paen to the Palestinian American rapper DJ Khaled.

Keeping Tabs: Invisibilization

By AAWW | June 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On mollusks, writing craft, and writing against whiteness.

On Lovers and Closeness: Two Poems by Joseph Han

By Joseph Han | June 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Every spring, a deer must shed antlers used for fighting and each bone branch grows back with the thought of my partner’s return this season, and yet.

Teaching Hope, Teaching Rage: An Interview with Mike Copperman

By Danielle Seid | June 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The writer and teacher speaks on navigating Mississippi’s racial politics and his experience in public education as “forged in violence.”

Ghosts in the War Machine: Jane Wong’s Overpour

By Sally Wen Mao | June 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The poet talks about her debut collection, sharing silenced histories in her writing, and being a “wild girl poet.”

Silence and Breath: Kaveh Akbar and Kazim Ali

By Kaveh Akbar and Kazim Ali | June 2, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The two poets talk about their literary family trees, poetry as a protective force, and the changing landscape for Muslim American writers.

Being Brave: An Excerpt from Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do

By Thi Bui | June 1, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘In my sleep, I dreamt of how terrible it would be to not find my way home.’

where are we headed

By Jess Rizkallah | May 30, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

but this is boring. let’s talk / about something else. people are only lines / written with water it’s not that serious. i just want to drink / my coffee. i just want to think about roses i misheard / the words as a laugh, beautiful like a song of roses

May Bookmarks: 13 Asian American Books Out This Month

By Yasmin Majeed | May 25, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

May brings in queer Taiwanese cult classics, erotic manga and the fictional saga of a Palestinian family through the years.

宇多田 ヒカル and the Huntsman: Poems by Kazumi Chin

By Kazumi Chin | May 23, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘This drought of silence / that does not feed me. I mean, I refuse / to hold his vanity. And demand to know / myself better. Cull his soul but only / for memory, carve a history / for myself in which my reflection / alone can be seen.’

Patty Yumi Cottrell: Haunted and Obsessed

By Brandon Shimoda | May 18, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace reflects on writing out of desperation, Fiona Apple, and the novel as a ghostly space.

Writing Toward Home

By Renee Macalino Rutledge | May 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Before I could go back to the Philippines in real life, I did so on paper, through my first novel.

Dear Dogwood Bloomed

By Michelle Lin | May 9, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I meant / to just take a photo of you. Forgive // my trespasses, my negatives, / but remember them. My ghosts // were asked to lay in their bed, / and so said: I am not like them // I am not. This is the blood I’ll leave / behind on bark to bark.

Memory of Figment a Merely: Four Poems by Zaina Alsous

By Zaina Alsous | May 2, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

At this point I will disobey and say / you are free to go if you choose. Choice is a complicated part of describing / Palestinian heroes or terrorists.

How to Become Invisible: An Interview with Stephanie Han

By Gail Vida Hamburg | April 26, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The award-winning writer talks about her new acclaimed short story collection, the anxiety of exile, and figuring out which narrative you belong to.

In a Roman Story

By Mia Kang | April 25, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Oh Mars, you mistook me / for someone / I briefly was. / Girl alight / with impending loss, / vessel for bearing / out an arch / -itectural illusion. A wall / isn’t truly built / to exclude, but to instate / something worth defending.

Ashok and Vijay Squeeze Blood from a Drum Machine

By Ashok Kondabolu | April 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Ashok Kondabolu speaks to Vijay Iyer about an alternate history of jazz, opening institutional spaces, and the resistance and defiance within music.

Salome Dances the Seven Veils, Asks for the Head of a Baptist in Return

By Nina Li Coomes | April 18, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘No words of a Savior are news to a Woman. / No words of a resurrection sound gospel[-enough] / when you are both the Crucifixion and the Crowd.’

Our War Is in the Mind

By Sokunthary Svay | April 18, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Three generations of Cambodian women in my family wrestle with the inherited trauma of the Khmer Rouge

Sisters

By Do Jae Kim | April 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Scotch-taped at the mirrors’ edges were photographs of birthdays, family vacations, running in the rain. Their edges had curled from sixteen years of steam from hot showers and baths.

Decomposition Study

By Tom Phan | April 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Skin molted like a lazy adder/while sinew pooled like glue.//Bone fractured next/like desert rose glass/then melted too.’

April Bookmarks

By Yasmin Majeed | April 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

April’s releases by Asian diasporic writers include new works from Samrat Upadhyay, Durga Chew-Bose, and Mai Der Vang.

(UN)Covered: Seeing Beyond the Surface

By Michelle Chen | April 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A local art exhibit turns a feminist gaze on Muslim and Sikh women’s head coverings.

Keeping Tabs: Alternate Histories

By AAWW Staff | April 4, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A day without a hate crime, Asian-American activism in 1970s Los Angeles, worlds made possible by the NEA

The Dirt Will Wash Us Clean: Poems by Hari Alluri

By Hari Alluri | April 4, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘We do not want to hover like a line of fog, a river’s shadow, but slower: shadows in conversation, gentle only when we don’t bother expecting to be heard.’

Lost In Time: An Interview with Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

By Randa Jarrar | March 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee talks about her new memoir, the restorative power of writing, the doubling that haunts her life, and why Slaughterhouse-Five is a permanent part of her mind.

March Bookmarks

By Yasmin Majeed | March 24, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

From Hari Alluri’s electrifying poetry to Patty Yumi Cottrell’s dark absurdism, March is a month filled with exciting new releases from Asian diasporic writers.

Immigration in A

By Kristin Chang | March 23, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘When I held him in my palm, I learned to love what made me. From time to time, I think about my father, his country, clean hands. I like to think of his hands as clean. I like to think I owe nothing to his body.’

Life in the Revolution: A Family History Under Marcos

By Susan F. Quimpo | March 16, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The newspapers were quick to christen the members of the underground movement with new names: subversives, communist insurgents, terrorists, guerrillas, rebels. Yet in my mind, they were simply family.

I Wake Up in New York to an Explosion in Lahore and Carry On With My Day As If Nothing Happened

By Momina Mela | March 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘A man kisses a pigeon and another kisses a dog and / both times I look away to gather the spikes of trees into a / dripping faucet.’

Keeping Tabs: Outsider Experiences

By | March 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Language boundaries and the quest for diversity, empowerment, and the need for Feminism and International Women’s Day

Raichō Hiratsuka: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan | March 8, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan illustrates the life of Japanese feminist writer Raich? Hiratsuka and her magazine dedicated to empowering women

Keeping Tabs: In Sickness and in Health

By AAWW | March 3, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Carving a subversive current in the cinematic status quo, the deep roots of Islamophobia in America, and the political power of laughter.

When You Turn Into Silence: Three Poems By E.J. Koh

By E. J. Koh | February 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The sun sieves through the canopy— / rivers are relenting. My soul seats itself // for the first time. Where it is quiet, it becomes cold. / There is nothing I must do but die— // what joy to let go of all things—what ease to give up.

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