Past Events

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Afua Ansong & Ricky Tucker

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Afua Ansong and Ricky Tucker. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.. MORE

Thu, November 16, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Singapore, Myth, and Memory

with Jeremy Tiang and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow

Singapore recently celebrated it’s 50th birthday and its sparkling status as the “Switzerland of the East, but stories of rebellion and subversion remain just below the surface. In Jeremy Tiang’s thrilling debut novel, State of Emergency, an explosion in an office building in Singapore in 1965 unravels an epic story of a family caught up the spontaneous turns of history. Join Tiang, “one of Singapore’s finest living novelists,” according to.. MORE

Thu, November 2, 2017 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
110 W 27th St. Ste 600
New York, New York 10001

Know Your Rights, Know Your Power: Training & Cultural Night

with Jackie Mariano & Material Support

Learn about your rights while singing your heart out! Join us for a night of strengthening and celebrating our resistance as Attorney Jackie Mariano leads a Know Your Rights training on immigration and political demonstrations. Material Support, an agit-punk band which Mariano fronts, shares the stage with their lead singer to ground us in the necessity of bold, collective action through their unapologetic brand of pinoy hardcore punk. RESERVE A.. MORE

Thu, October 26, 2017 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

The Witching Hour: A Night of Poetry

with Jess Rizkallah, Marwa Helal, Aria Aber, & Melissa Lozada-Oliva

If you’re in the Halloween spirit for some bewitching poetry, come celebrate the launch of Jess Rizkallah’s new book of poems, the magic my body becomes. She will be joined by poets Marwa Helal, Aria Aber, and Melissa Lozada-Oliva, all of whom write into different sorts of magics: the body, family, immigration, language, community, love, and loss. In the magic my body becomes, Jess Rizkallah explores the complexities of being.. MORE

Tue, October 24, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Speaking Truth to Power: Confronting Authoritarian Regimes

with Raissa Robles, Raad Rahman, Tenzin Dickie & Jeremy Tiang

How is resistance possible when reality itself is obscured? In an era of "fake news" and more facts than anyone could hope to grasp, authoritarians rely on this uncertainty to consolidate their hold on power. Legendary journalist Raissa Robles joins us from the Philippines to share her new work, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, which reappraises the era of Marcos and applies it lessons to what is unfolding today. Communications.. MORE

Thu, October 19, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Data, Poetry, Trauma

with Paisley Rekdal, Yanyi, Soyoung Yoon & Jennifer Hayashida

Many Asian Americans know innately that intergenerational trauma is real, but how do we “prove” it? Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal's new book, The Broken Country, tells the story of Vietnamese-American Kiet Thanh Ly, who stabbed two white men in 2012 in retribution for the Vietnam War, even though he did not experience it himself. Come for a special event with Paisley Rekdal, 2017 Margins Fellow Yanyi, Soyoung Yoon, and Jennifer Hayashida that.. MORE

Sat, October 14, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Tourism in Literature

with Bani Amor, Farzana Doctor, Tiphanie Yanique & Julia Hori

Travel writing is a genre rife with fantasies of escape, luxury, and finding oneself through an experience in an unfamiliar place—in other words, colonial tropes. Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative? What can contemporary literature tell us about the relationship between tourists and service workers, and can it provide more authentic ways of knowing places that have been branded to Western tourists as pleasure zones?.. MORE

Thu, October 12, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Tanea Lunsford Lynx & Tonilyn A. Sideco

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Tanea Lunsford Lynx and Tonilyn A. Sideco. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO.. MORE

Mon, October 2, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Muslim Cool

with Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Zain Alam, Yunique A. Saafir & Muna Mire

Come for a special night investigating how young Muslim Americans resist empire through hip hop and other musical subcultures. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer calls it “Muslim Cool”—her term for how young Muslims in the United States fight state power by engaging with Black identity, particularly through fashion and music. In a time when Black Muslims face both Islamophobia and anti-blackness, her work represents a vital intervention. Zain Alam, the lead singer.. MORE

Thu, September 28, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Lola's House

with M. Evelina Galang

Come for a special night featuring author M. Evelina Galang, whose new nonfiction book Lola's House: Filipino Women Living with War (Curbstone, 2017) tells the story of sixteen surviving Filipino comfort women who survived violence inflicted by the Japanese army in World War II. Starting in the late nineties, Galang built relationships with women at Lolas' House, a community center for women's organizing in Manila, and records their testimony--at once.. MORE

Fri, September 22, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Vernacular as Resistance

with Marwa Helal

Three Sessions, 2.5 hours each (6-8:30pm) Wednesdays September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. Priority will be given to previous students of Vernacular as Resistance. *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org for availability!* What is vernacular literature? What is its role in dismantling the oppressor’s language and assumptions?.. MORE

Wed, September 20, 2017 6:30pm to Wed, October 4, 2017 8:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 11237

Motor Gangs and Misfits of Seoul

with Young-ha Kim, Jenny Wang Medina & E. Tammy Kim

Young-ha Kim, one of the most talented and prolific Korean writers of his generation, is making a rare appearance in New York to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, which explores social disintegration and the seedy underside of Seoul. Translated by Krys Lee, I Hear Your Voice, Kim’s fifth book, follows the ascent of disaffected young people living life on the run. He’ll appear with one of his translators, Jenny Wang Medina,.. MORE

Tue, September 19, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Marriage, Plotted

with Katie Kitamura & Danzy Senna

One marriage is ending, and another is imminent. For the female protagonists of Danzy Senna’s New People and Katie Kitamura’s A Separation, marriage is a mark of achievement, a psychological bender, a private investigation, and a bracingly intimate way to hold a mirror to our turbulent emotional realities. New People—an unsparing comedy of manners and racial authenticity set in ‘90s-era faux-bohemia Brooklyn—and A Separation—a taut emotional thriller that has earned.. MORE

Sat, September 16, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Searching for Home

with Rami Karim, Dina Nayeri, Alia Malek, and Roja Heydarpour

If you’re Asian American or an immigrant, you’ve probably wondered: what does it mean to search for home? Well, you (and your post-colonial melancholia) are invited to this special event about Middle East politics, revolution, and the refugee experience, You may have read Iranian-American novelist Dina Nayeri’s viral story in The Guardian (“The Ungrateful Refugee: We Have No Debt to Pay”). She’ll read her book Refuge (Riverhead, 2017), a.. MORE

Fri, September 15, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Embarking on the Transpacific

with Gina Apostol, Bonnie Huie, Kyoo Lee, Ed Lin and Jeremy Tiang

Does literature stop at a country's borders, or is it possible to write transnationally? We invite you to the launch of the Transpacific Literary Project with the publication of our first themed portfolio, "Remittance." The Transpacific Literary Project is an exciting new initiative from the Asian American Writers' Workshop that will publish the most urgent voices from East and Southeast Asia, creating a space for dialogue within and about.. MORE

Tue, September 12, 2017 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Refugee Requiem

with Bao Phi, Patrick Rosal, and Sokunthary Svay

The struggle to topple Confederate statues around the country is a challenge to rewrite the textbook version of American history we’re supposed to believe in. Poets 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. Patrick Rosal—who the Academy of American Poets honored for writing the best book of poetry of the year—uncovers.. MORE

Fri, September 8, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with Giselle Buchanan, Daniel K. Isaac, Sonia Guiñansaca & and Kay Ulanday Barrett

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Giselle Buchanan and Daniel K. Isaac. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE.. MORE

Thu, August 31, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

INFO SESSION: Open City Fellowships

with the editor of Open City

The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Project Grant Fellowship and the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship. If you are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and transporting readers to the creative subcultures of color in neighborhoods across Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, then consider applying for our Open City Fellowships! Come learn more and meet our editor at an information.. MORE

Thu, August 24, 2017 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Subjects of Interest

with Kamila Shamsie, Hirsh Sawhney, and Rozina Ali

How does private grief come to blend into today’s turbulent political landscape? For the South Asian families at the center of Kamila Shamsie and Hirsh Sawhney’s latest novels, the death of parents launches surviving family members into unexpected political terrain. In Shamsie’s Home Fire and Sawhney’s South Haven, grief blurs with anger, borders, and resurgent nationalism, complicating the families’ allegiances to their home countries and adopted homes in the West. Moderated by Rozina Ali,.. MORE

Mon, August 21, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St #600
New York, New York 10001

Workshop: Experimental Fiction

with Jade Sharma

Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Fridays, August 11th, August 18th, August 25th Fees & Payment Options: $150 General / $100 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. STUDENT RATE AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED SEATS Why you should take this class: You’ve got something special in the works but you keep running into walls. There’s a hidden flavor that you can’t quite name? Trying to remember that movie you watched how.. MORE

Fri, August 11, 2017 6:00pm to Fri, August 25, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, #600
New York, NY 10001

All That Glitters Is Gold

with Diksha Basu, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, & Jarry Lee

If you’re in the mood for an addictive and charming summer read, come hear authors Diksha Basu and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan read new novels about social climbing, love, and the drive to strike it rich. Basu’s The Windfall portrays the rise of the Delhi rich from the perspective of a nouveau riche family that’s just hit the Internet jackpot; the book made Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan laugh so.. MORE

Thu, August 10, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th #600
New York, New York 10001

Workshop: Protest Poetry

with Sally Wen Mao

Four Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Wednesdays August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd, August 30th Fees & Payment Options: $200 General / $180 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. Why you should take this class: Poet Sally Wen Mao, award-winning author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013, BOMB Magazine, Poetry, and more... MORE

Wed, August 9, 2017 7:00pm to Wed, August 30, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Screenwriting Workshop

with Darine Hotait

Four Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Tuesdays, August 8, August 15, August 22, and August 29 Fees & Payment Options: $220 General / $200 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of ten students. Why you should take this class: Writer & Director Darine Hotait bridges the gap between literature and cinema due to her genuine fascination and devotion to both. A mentor in numerous screenwriting workshops.. MORE

Tue, August 8, 2017 6:00pm to Tue, August 29, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Love is a Ghost

with Laurel Fantauzzo & Hossannah Asuncion

Come hear poet Hossannah Asuncion and nonfiction writer Laurel Fantauzzo write about the ghosts of love—the emotional distance it can create when the desired intimacy fails, and the ways love haunts the people who witnessed it, even when it's passed. With her debut poetry collection, Hossannah Asuncion’s Object Permanence uncovers a geography of longing and unfulfilled relationships—a startling contrast to contemporary narratives of an seamlessly interconnected, digitally mediated urban dating.. MORE

Fri, July 28, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Asian American Literature Festival: There Will Be Dragons

with 2017-2018 Asian American Writers' Workshop Margins Fellows Yanyi, Rami Karim, Kyle Lucia Wu, Mariam Bazeed moderated by Jyothi Natarajan

Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times are written by white writers. In a scintillating performance debut, the AAWW Margins Fellows will play with language to drag the literary institution and each other. They may come in drag. Dragons will be provided on request. RSVP HERE Note: This event will not be at the AAWW Event Space in New York City. The Asian American Writers' Workshop is the.. MORE

Fri, July 28, 2017 11:00am
The Phillips Collection & Dupont Underground
1600 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20009

Poetry Poetry VI

with Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tommy Pico

Join us for the sixth session of Poetry Poetry and hear readings by four thrilling poets: Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Tommy Pico. These poets are pushing the edges of poetic theory, form, and politics, interrogating the legacies of Asian American immigration, queer identity, settler colonialism, and racial trauma. If you can’t make it, make sure to watch our livestream on our Facebook page. RESERVE A.. MORE

Thu, July 27, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Character & Invention: New Short Story Collections

with Akhil Sharma, Kanishk Tharoor, & Meera Nair

Come hear the authors of two of this year’s most anticipated short story collections. The quotidian stories in Akhil Sharma’s new book simmer with a barely hidden, devastatingly emotional undercurrent―and have earned him comparisons to Chekov. Reminiscent of Calvino and Borges, Kanishk Tharoor’s lush and inventive collection ranges from science fiction to historical pastiche, delving into what is lost from environmental collapse and language loss. Moderated by author Meera Nair. MORE

Mon, July 17, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

with Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim, Anelise Chen, & Lisa Chen

Do you ever feel like your life is in a constant state of crisis? Do you feel like, nevertheless, you persist? Come see three thrilling experimental novelists whose new books are about pushing forward against life-killing forces, whether it’s capitalism, the political status quo, or more existential threats like grief and suicide. Novelists Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim, and Anelise Chen all navigate the universe of crisis--all with a touch.. MORE

Fri, July 14, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop, 6th Floor
112 W. 27th St.
New York, New York 10001

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?: A Conversation on Social Justice Arts Organizations In a Changing America

with ArtPlace America, Creative Capital, Fractured Atlas, United States Artists, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, & The Tate Group

Day 2 of WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts Given the pivotal role that cultural narratives play in deciding public policy and the fates of countless communities; the reversal of political momentum on immigrant, mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, and other issues; and the continuing threats to public arts funding, what will be different for organizations that work at.. MORE

Fri, July 14, 2017 6:30pm
The 8th Floor
17 W 17th Street, 8th FL
New York, NY 10011

Kanikapila Vegetarian Potluck

with Ishle Yi Park, Taiyo Na, and Friends

Come on out for a kanikapila vegetarian potluck -- an evening of music and poetry to fundraise for the recording of Ishle Yi Park's Bless Our Waters, her first musical CD in Hawaii with Na Hoku Award-winning Asian Pacific Islander musician & producer Kenneth Makuakane. Featuring Taiyo Na and other friends. To learn more and contribute to the album: https://www.gofundme.com/bless-our-waters-album?pc=em_co_shareflow_m&rcid=r01-149855820472-d3ac46b6e8cd44f8 SUGGESTED DRESS: ISLAND STYLE KANIKAPILA VEGETARIAN POTLUCK Poet and singer Ishle Yi Park’s.. MORE

Wed, July 5, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Celebrating Nick Joaquin

with Gina Apostol, Ninotchka Rosca, Alex Gilvarry, & Melissa R. Sipin

Celebrate the new edition of works by Nick Joaquin, one of the most important writers of the Philippines who is only now being published in the United States for the first time by Penguin Classics. Born in 1917, Joaquin wrote a surreal, anguished sentence that cast an ironic eye at colonialism’s longue durée and Catholic rites, both of which he depicted through magical realism and baroque splendor. We’ll feature readings.. MORE

Thu, June 29, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop, 6th Floor
112 W. 27th St.
New York, New York 10001

Desi Queer

with Rahul Mehta, SJ Sindu & Sreshtha Sen

Rahul Mehta and SJ Sindu read from debut novels featuring complex queer desi characters struggling to reconcile their gender and sexuality with the families they came from. Introduced by AAWW Board Member Manan Ahmed of Chapati Mystery and Columbia University. Moderated by Sreshtha Sen, former director of the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival and editor of the Shoreline Review in New Delhi. MORE

Sat, June 24, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Queer & Trans Spring Showcase: When the Chant Comes

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, Alan Pelaez

Spend the second to last Friday of Pride Month with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, & Alan Pelaez! Join us as we honor queer and trans voices, emphasize the importance of this month, and celebrate Kay’s first poetry collection When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope)! Featured in The Margins and a co-host of AAWW’s Mouth To Mouth Open Mic Series, Kay joins poets and performers on stage.. MORE

Fri, June 23, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Love and Korean Democracy

with Jimin Han, Grace Yoojin Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim

Join us for two Korean American novelists whose new novels interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics: Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, both born in Seoul. Both books follow university students, whether in the US and in Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate to the turbulent changes in South Korean society. President Park Chung-hee’s 1970s authoritarian industrialization lays in the background of Wuertz’s.. MORE

Thu, June 22, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

The Speculative Lyric: Alternate Universes and Imagined Freedoms

with Franny Choi

Two Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Mondays June 19th & June 26th Fees & Payment Options: $100 General / $80 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tracy Wong at twong@aaww.org for availability!* In the introduction to the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, Walidah Imarisha writes: “Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without.. MORE

Mon, June 19, 2017 7:00pm to Mon, June 26, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Vernacular as Resistance

with Marwa Helal

Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Wednesdays June 14th, June 21st, June 28th Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. *EARLY BIRD! Sign up before June 1st for $200 General / $180 AAWW Members* *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tracy Wong at twong@aaww.org for availability!* What is vernacular literature? What is its role in dismantling the oppressor’s language and.. MORE

Wed, June 14, 2017 6:00pm to Wed, June 28, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Periodically Speaking: Immigrant Voices

with Nicole Dennis-Benn, Porochista Khakpour, Esther Lin, & Jyothi Natarajan

Join the New York Public Library for the next Periodically Speaking, featuring four outstanding writers, editors, and teachers in conversation about literature, immigration, and the literary life. The world is changing for immigrants in the arts in 2017. How are stories of immigration impacting literature? Who is telling these stories and where can they be read? What does it mean to be an immigrant writer in America today? .. MORE

Tue, June 13, 2017 6:00pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Leibman Berger Forum
476 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor Rm 227
New York, New York 10018

Lo-Fi Love Songs

with Don Lee, Andrew Choi of St. Lenox, & Jen Kwok

Don Lee reads from his new novel about the heartbreak and failures of a Korean American singer-songwriter, whose life takes a turn when he encounters an old flame, Lonesome Lies Before Us (W.W.. Norton 2017). Marlon James calls it a “wonderfully lyrical novel,” whose loving portraits of “beautiful losers” serves as an “allegory for the faded dream of America itself.” Featuring a performance by Andrew Choi, the indie pop musician.. MORE

Mon, June 12, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Dispatches from the Ministry of Truth

with Sheba Karim, Abeer Hoque, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Sofija Stefanovic, Youmna Chlala, & OHYUNG

*This event does not take place at AAWW. On the publication anniversary of George Orwell’s 1984, come listen to performances by Swati Khurana, Abeer Hoque, Sheba Karim, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Sofija Stefanovic, Youmna Chlala and OHYUNG about truth, love, and other tortures. June 8 is also World Oceans Day and there will be sea themed trivia to win one of the authors' books! $5 suggested donation with all proceeds going to.. MORE

Thu, June 8, 2017 7:00pm
61 Local
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Visualizing Vietnam

with Thi Bui, An-My Lê, & Anne Ishii

Come see two artists interrogating the visual narratives of the Vietnam war and refugee experience: MacArthur “Genius” An-My Lê and graphic novelist Thi Bui. Lê’s images depict re-enactments of the Vietnam War and play-scenarios of US Marines fighting a Middle Eastern war in California, creating a liminal space between documentary and staged and photography, history and fiction. Thi Bui’s The Best We Can Do: An Illustrated Memoir tells the story.. MORE

Fri, June 2, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with YaliniDream, Aldrin Valdez, Sonia Guiñansaca, & Kay Ulanday Barrett

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features YaliniDream and Aldrin Valdez. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC |.. MORE

Wed, May 31, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

White People & Asian Dropouts

with Lisa Ko, Ed Lin, Zohra Saed, and Jade Sharma

Are you in touch with your inner Asian American rebel or underachiever? Is Jordan Peele’s Get Out your new favorite movie? Come hear Lisa Ko read from her debut novel, The Leavers, the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. The book tells the story of an undocumented Chinese immigrant mother and her son, who struggles.. MORE

Thu, May 25, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Museum of the Moving Image Screening

with Sarah K. Khan, Shahina Perveen, & Hali Lee

Come by the Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) to catch a screening of Open City Muslim Communities Fellow Sarah K. Khan’s powerful short documentary film Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Shahina Parveen (2017, 10 min) in its world premiere. The film looks at the ripples of the domestic War on Terror through the eyes of a Pakistani mother whose son was convicted as the result of an NYPD.. MORE

Fri, May 19, 2017 7:30pm
Museum of the Moving Image, Bartos Screening Room
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, New York 11106

Sheba Karim Launch Party & API Young Adult Panel

with Sheba Karim, Sona Charaipotra, Heidi Heilig, Emily X.R. Pan, and Wendy Xu

Come celebrate the launch of Sheba Karim’s Young Adult novel That Thing We Call a Heart (Harper Collins 2017), the funny and affecting story of Shabnam Qureshi’s quest for love and identity. We’ll also host a frank conversation about Asian-American representation in young adult fiction, featuring Sona Charaipotra (We Need Diverse Books), Heidi Heilig (Girl From Everywhere), Emily X.R. Pan (Bodega Magazine), and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes). There will be pie! .. MORE

Thu, May 18, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Late Colonial

with Charmaine Craig & Maaza Mengiste

Come hear two crucial novelists who’re narrating the colonial and postcolonial nation. Chomp on free Burmese food from our catering partner, Burma Noodle Bar. We’re celebrating the new novel by author-actress Charmaine Craig: the semi-autobiographical epic, Miss Burma. Pulitzer Finalist Laila Lalami calls the book “a sweeping novel of Burma and its complicated history, told from the perspective of people whose voices have been systematically erased from the official.. MORE

Wed, May 17, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York

AAWW FAM: Off the Record

with Mariya Karimjee, Alanna Okun, Zainab Shah, Jenn de la Vega, Anna Theresa Day, Delina Medhin, & Sara Yasin

Get ready to power down: we’re going off the record! Come listen to-but don’t record—an eclectic mix of writers, journalists, chefs, and makeup artists; Mariya Karimjee, Alanna Okun, Jenn de la Vega, Anna Theresa Day, and Delina Medhin get intimate about a timely May theme, Mothers. Moderated by BuzzFeed News editor Sara Yasin. Off The Record is a night where women read writing that they have not yet published around a.. MORE

Wed, May 10, 2017 7:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

The Personal in the Political

with Hala Alyan, Hayan Charara, Marwa Helal and Tanwi Nandini Islam

Join us for a special evening featuring three Arab American writers exploring the boundaries between personal and political: novelist/poet Hala Alyan and poets Hayan Charara and Marwa Helal. From the Six-Day War and the invasion of Iraq to explosive poetic experimentations, these writers explore what it means to have a private self, a family space, and a home in the conditions of war, displacement, and migration. They’ll speak with novelist.. MORE

Mon, May 8, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York, New York 10001

Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts

with Amy Sara Carroll, Madhu Kaza, Eiko Otake, Dagmawi Woubshet

The second event of a new series featuring translators who are first or second generation immigrants or who identify as part of a diaspora, this installment features: Amy Sara Carroll, one of the collaborators in the Transborder Immigrant Tool; Eiko Otake, whose work as a movement artist and translator has addressed the legacy of the atomic bomb in Japan; and Dagmawi Woubshet, who has translated (from Amharic) the letters of.. MORE

Thu, May 4, 2017 6:30pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, New York 10012

AAWW FAM: MATWAALA

with Saleem Peeradina, Vijay Seshadri, Meena Alexander, Rafiq Kathwari, Usha Akella, Pramilla Venkateswaran, Ravi Shankar, Varsha Saraiya Shah, Sasha Parmasad, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Yuyutsu Sharma, Vikas Menon, Rohan Chhetri, Nandini Dhar, Tim Tomlinson, and Lourdes Rodriguez Tomlinson

Share your lyric voice at Matwaala, an annual South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival. Joining us will be Matwaala’s Poet of Honor Saleem Peeradina, editor of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English (Macmillan, 1972), one of the earliest and most widely used texts in courses on South Asian literature. Explore the poetic heart with Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, and cross borders with Guggenheim Fellow Meena Alexander and Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.. MORE

Thu, April 27, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Maxine!

with Maxine Hong Kingston & Monique Truong

We’re delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Woman Warrior by legendary Asian American novelist and poet Maxine Hong Kingston, one of the most influential and formally adventurous forerunners in Asian American literature... MORE

Thu, April 20, 2017 7:00pm
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Workshop: Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar

with Kaveh Akbar

Transcendent American poet Max Ritvo wrote that if the world outside a poet’s head is more interesting than the world inside their head, they might as well become a journalist. His point: it’s what’s inside the poet’s mind, what (or who) is hooting or singing or moaning or gagging inside the poet’s own totally unique psychic ecosystem that allows the poet access to a singular voice. In this workshop we’ll.. MORE

Fri, March 31, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

AAWW FAM: Feminist American History

with NAPAWF*NYC

In the next installment of our Asian American Feminism series, NAPAWF*NYC will be hosting a workshop on Asian American history through a feminist lens. The Chinese Exclusion Act, World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the Southeast Asian refugee crisis have been raised in national conversations on the persecution of South Asian, Arab, Sikh and Muslim communities. In these times, understanding Asian American history and our place in it.. MORE

Thu, March 30, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

AAWW FAM: Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Kit Yan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, and Kay Ulanday Barrett

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Kit Yan and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. Kit Yan, Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist, is a trans Asian-American Brooklyn based.. MORE

Mon, March 27, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Surreal Lives

with Deepak Unnikrishnan, Alexandra Kleeman, Katie Raissian

Do you feel like you’re living in a surreal dystopia? Well, we’ve got your guidebook. Come hear critically acclaimed authors Deepak Unnikrishnan and Alexandra Kleeman read from new story collections. Their strange inventions will make perfect sense to anyone who feels like they don’t belong in our fantasia of global capitalism, gulf labor, and American culture. They’ll chat about life and death, home and migration with Grove Atlantic editor Katie.. MORE

Thu, March 23, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement

with Equality Labs

Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a time of unprecedented surveillance of our communities. This training is brought to you by Equality Labs, a South Asian Women’s Gender.. MORE

Wed, March 22, 2017 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Legacies of Marcos

with Susan Quimpo, Chris Santiago, & Noel Pangilinan

Come through for a rare New York appearance by two out-of-town authors reading works about family turmoil, revolution, and the legacy of Ferdinand Marcos’s rule in the Philippines--a vital reference point to anyone thinking today about authoritarian rule and resistance. Seven members of Susan Quimpo’s family joined the anti-Marcos resistance. Both history and a moving personal story, her book Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years tells their.. MORE

Sun, March 19, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Min Jin Lee's Pachinko

with Min Jin Lee and Ken Chen

Note: This program is co-sponsored by the AAWW, the reading is taking place at the Tenement Museum. Award-winning author Min Jin Lee comes to the museum with her new book. Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing 2017) follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea, and moving to Japan. The family endures harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and.. MORE

Wed, March 15, 2017 6:30pm
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Migrant Father Fragment

with QM Zhang, lê thị diễm thúy, & Hua Hsu

Join us for a night featuring writers of fragmented, hybridic family narratives that explore themes of immigration, grief, and the father: Q.M. Zhang and lê thị diễm thúy, who’ll talk with The New Yorker’s Hua Hsu. A hybrid memoir/novel that’s part espionage, part historical documentary, Q.M. Zhang’s Accomplice to Memory tells the story of her father’s mysterious exodus from China during the country’s Civil War and WWII: all the silence.. MORE

Mon, March 13, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Family Vs Migration

with Shanthi Sekaran, Paola Mendoza, Rinku Sen, & Kavita Das

As the country faces a xenophobic resurgence, we present novelists, filmmakers, and activists who’re narrating how our immigration system threatens families, mothers, and children. Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel Lucky Boy follows an undocumented eighteen-year-old Chicano mother who winds up in immigration detention--causing her son to be adopted by an upper class Desi foster mother. To write the book, Shanthi relied partly on the “Shattered Families” report produced by Race.. MORE

Wed, March 8, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Family Vs History

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Sonya Chung, Annie Kim, & Jyothi Natarajan

Is your family history a little complicated? Novelists Sonya Chung and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and poet Annie Kim read new work about family trauma crossing generations, countries, and racial identity. In these authors’ works, often multigenerational and multiracial, the personal history of the immigrant family intersects with the broader sweep of history. They’ll talk with AAWW Managing Editor Jyothi Natarajan. Rowan retained her literary agent and acquired a book deal.. MORE

Mon, March 6, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Our Ancestors Dreamed of Us: Muslim Writers in Conversation

with Jordan Alam, Sara Abdullah, & Aisha Bint Gladys

Let’s get conversational (to the tune of Olivia Newton John). Jordan Alam, sára abdullah and Aisha Bint Gladys will be sharing stories of migration and Muslim life in the US. From the mundane to the magical, these artists are sharing new work and speaking about life under the current administration-- but that’s not all! We’ll have free protest art from the “We are Irreplaceable Campaign” created by Jess X. Snow.. MORE

Sun, March 5, 2017 7:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Artists Dismantling Borders: A Night of Resistance

with Jess X Chen, Kayla Briet, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Giselle Buchanan, & Sabrina Ghaus

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! A desire to deconstruct and resist is a plus. Amidst the chaos come on home and take the time to ground yourself in poetry and music-- for and by our people. This is a night to rejoice, to celebrate radical imagination, and to heal. We’re joining together to resist borders and these new executive orders. Hosted by Sonia Guinansaca, featuring poetry and music by Brown, Black, Trans,.. MORE

Mon, February 27, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th St., 6th Flr
New York, NY 10001

Poetry Poetry V

with Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Sally Wen Mao, & Emily Yoon

“Poetry can save us,” Martín Espada once wrote. Join us for the fifth edition of Poetry Poetry, featuring Guggenheim Fellow Kimiko Hahn, National Book Award Finalist Monica Youn, Pushcart Prize Winner Sally Wen Mao, and our very own Poetry Editor Emily Yoon! RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Kimiko Hahn has said: “I’ve taken years to imagine an Asian American aesthetic. I think it’s a combination of.. MORE

Fri, February 24, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement

with Equality Labs

Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a time of unprecedented surveillance of our communities. This training is brought to you by Equality Labs, a South Asian Women’s Gender.. MORE

Mon, February 20, 2017 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

New Taiwanese American Lit

with Ed Lin, Shawna Yang Ryan, & Arabelle Sicardi

Filial piety and betrayal! Martial law and political prisoners! Stinky Tofu! We’re exploring new Taiwanese American literature from the Shilin night market to the historical trauma of the White Terror. Come hear novelists Shawna Yang Ryan and Ed Lin, who will discuss their books with beauty and fashion politics blogger Arabelle Sicardi (Teen Vogue and ROOKIE). RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Shawna Yang Ryan’s second novel, Green Island (Knopf 2016), follows the Tsai family and their struggle to survive the infamous White Terror.. MORE

Fri, February 17, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Love and Girlhood

with Abeer Hoque, Tania De Rozario, & Wo Chan

Come celebrate the launch of new books by Abeer Hoque and Tania De Rozario! From Nigeria to Bangladesh to Singapore, these fierce memoirs explore what it means to come of age as a young woman and what it means to leave where you’ve come from. We’ll be celebrating their publications with Margins Fellow Wo Chan! (We may or may not have cookies and clementines.) RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION |.. MORE

Wed, February 15, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

AAWW at AWP - Immigrants/Children of Immigrants: A Nontraditional Path to a Writing Career

with Ken Chen, Monica Youn, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Juan Martinex, & Irina Reyn

*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* Not only do you not have an uncle in publishing or see people from the neighborhood get MFAs, immigrants and children of immigrants are inculcated to opt for "safe," "secure," often well-paying jobs; a writing career may seem like an unimaginable luxury or a fantasy. This panel of working writers looks at both psychic and structural issues that add a.. MORE

Sat, February 11, 2017 12:00pm
Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Meeting Level Four
Marriot Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

AAWW at AWP - Being the Change You Want to See: The New Literary Leadership

with Lisa Lucas, Ken Chen, Jen Benka, Britt Udesen, & Andrew Proctor

*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What will a new generation of literary leadership look like? While many literary institutions have a reputation for being stodgy or slow-moving with regards to change, here are five directors who bring unique experience and fresh perspective to literary nonprofits, national and local. They will discuss how youth, technology, and diversity can bring traditional literary institutions into the modern landscape.. MORE

Sat, February 11, 2017 10:30am
Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Room 207A
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

AAWW at AWP - Asian American Caucus

with Jyothi Natarajan, Dr. Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Sunyoung Lee, & Cathy Linh Che

*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What literary resources are available for Asian American writers? What does it mean to be an Asian writer in the 21st century? This 2nd Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources available for Asian American.. MORE

Thu, February 9, 2017 6:00pm
Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Open Mic & Selected Readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660

with Hunter College AASP students and CRAASH

The students are watching, now hear them speak. Join us for an Open Mic and selected readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660, hosted by Asian American studies students at Hunter and CRAASH. This evening’s Open Mic seeks to provide a space for Asian American students to come together and find political and creative energy in each others’ stories of migration, racialization, and struggle. We invite students from across the city.. MORE

Fri, December 16, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement

with Equality Labs

Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a time of unprecedented surveillance of our communities. This training is brought to you by Equality Labs, a South Asian Women’s Gender.. MORE

Wed, December 14, 2016 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Flip the Beat

with Christine Balance, Jessica Hagedorn, Patrick Rosal

Join us for the New York launch of scholar Christine Bacareza Balance’s new book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America(Duke 2016), a vital exploration of post-WWII Filipino literary and musical culture. We’ll also feature former AAWW Literary Award winner Patrick Rosal’s new poetry collection Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea 2016). His work channels DJ culture, family history, soul music, dance, and Galeanoesque myth-making to explore vital questions about race in America. The evening will culminate.. MORE

Mon, December 12, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Poetry Versus Essay Versus Ghost

with Sun Yung Shin, Janice Lee, & Madhu Kaza

Come throw poetry in the atom smasher with death, essays, grief, television, orientalism, science fiction, wandering, and ghosts. This event on hybrid forms and migrant thoughts features writers Madhu Kaza, Janice Lee, and Sun Yung Shin, the latter two appearing in a rare New York visit. We’ll explore poetry as a discursive site not unlike the essay--and also poetry as a site for encounters with the dead. Fans of Teju.. MORE

Sat, December 10, 2016 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

A Trump World Order? What to Expect from US Foreign Policy

with Medea Benjamin, Vijay Prashad, Jillian Schwedler, and Ingar Solty

AAWW is proud to rent its space for the following program organized by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Donald Trump’s shocking election victory presents itself not only as a national catastrophe for the American people, but as a threat to the entire globe. While Trump’s views on foreign policy are usually described as ill-informed and plagued with contradictions, he has consistently supported a global role for the United States completely different from.. MORE

Fri, December 9, 2016 4:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, #600
New York, NY 10001

The Bridge: Diaspora, Migration and Translation

with Mona Kareem, Genya Turovskaya, Zohra Saed, Sal Robinson, Madhu Kaza

We’re excited to host the first installment of The Bridge, a special reading series featuring translators who first or second generation immigrants or who identify as part of a diaspora. Hosted by Sal Robinson and Madhu Kaza, the series will feature immigrant and POC translators--and will also coincide with a spring 2017 issue of the journal Aster(ix) devoted to such translators. This installment features: Mona Kareem, who works on subalternity.. MORE

Wed, November 30, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Margins Fellow & Mentor Reading

with Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, Hua Hsu, Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Steven Tagle, Wei Tchou, Monique Truong

For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We recently created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts: The Margins Fellowship. Join us as we celebrate the literary accomplishments of our second class of Margins fellows—Vt Hung,.. MORE

Mon, November 21, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Jade Phoenix Martinez, Jes Tom, Sonia Guiñansaca, & Kay Ulanday Barrett

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Jade Phoenix Martinez and Jes Tom. Trans Day of Remembrance is November 20th & Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. Jade Phoenix Martinez is.. MORE

Wed, November 16, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Jade Chang’s The Wangs Vs The World

with Jade Chang, Wei Tchou

We’re giving out free Vanessa’s Dumplings and joining forces with the Center for Fiction to celebrate Jade Chang’s explosive debut novel, The Wangs Vs The World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016). Named one of the most anticipated titles by Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, and iBooks, The Wangs is both an "unendingly clever novel… about Asian-American identity” and “a sprawling family adventure compressed into a road trip novel” (New York Times.. MORE

Mon, November 14, 2016 7:00pm
The Center for Fiction
17 E 47 St
New York, NY 10017

From the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square

with Madeleine Thien and Jiayang Fan

You can’t miss this rare New York appearance by novelist Madeleine Thien, whose ambitious novel of contemporary Chinese history--Do Not Say We Have Nothing (W.W. Norton 2016)--is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s Highest Literary Prize. An epic, magisterial story, the ambitious, sweeping novel engages with two of the most violent moments in recent Chinese history: the Cultural Revolution and the.. MORE

Mon, November 14, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

MWC NYC: Emergency Community Townhall

with AAWW

The results are in and Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Everything is somehow both radically different and the same that it's always been. As we pick ourselves up and brace ourselves for what's to come, we are reminded again that strength lies within our communities and catharsis can begin by being around each other. Join the Muslim Writer's Collective and the Asian American Writers' Workshop as.. MORE

Fri, November 11, 2016 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Community Space to Breathe

with AAWW

We’re calling all writers, readers, activists, intellectuals, agitators, friends, family, friends, and community. We are here for you. We are holding a space for our community to heal together and share some light and love. We are here if you want to grieve, if you want to breathe, or if you want to fight. And we’ll also have pizza. Come together and draw strength.

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Thu, November 10, 2016 5:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001-

Heartbreak and the Fractured Family

with Vanessa Hua and Janice Y.K. Lee

Dear melancholic second-generation Asian peeps! Come through for a special reading featuring two critically acclaimed fiction writers reading shrewd, witty books about love and infidelity, motherhood and immigrant families. Featuring bestselling novelist Janice Y.K. Lee and Vanessa Hua. Lee’s new novel explores three women trying to find their place and deal with childlessness, motherhood, and family in a Hong Kong expat community. Hua describes her book of immigrant families, lies,.. MORE

Wed, November 9, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Sabina Murray Book Launch

with Sabina Murray and Gina Apostol

If you’re as into partying down for ravishing literary fiction and colonial history as we are, then you cannot miss this book release party for Filipina-Australian author Sabina Murray’s epic novel Valiant Gentlemen (Grove Press 2016). The novel follows the life, love and politics of Irish revolutionary bad-ass Roger Casement (1864-1916), who campaigned against Belgian genocide in the Congo, called out the compulsory labor of the Putumayo Indians in Peru,.. MORE

Tue, November 1, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Chinese Cuisine Today

with Fuchsia Dunlop, Ed Schoenfeld, and Jonathan Wu

Come celebrate the new cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop, one of today’s most prominent writers on Chinese culinary traditions. Called “the best writer in the West… on Chinese food” by The Telegraph, Fuchsia’s new book Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China (W.W. Norton 2016) explores the cuisine of the lower Yangtze region (Jiangnan), the so-called “land of fish and rice” that encompasses Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and.. MORE

Wed, October 26, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Screenwriting Workshop

with Darine Hotait

Dates: 10/25 and 10/27 (6-9pm) & 10/29 (1-4pm) Fees & Payment Options: $220 General / $200 AAWW Members (SIGN UP HERE!) Full payment due before first class. Five RAWI members will receive a free spot in this class. Maximum of twelve students. Develop your screenwriting skills with award-winning writer and director Darine Hotait, whose most recent film I Say Dust (2015) was screened at over 40 international film festivals and received multiple.. MORE

Tue, October 25, 2016 12:00am to Thu, October 27, 2016 12:00am
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Queerness & Our Refugee Mothers

with Quyen Nguyen-Le, Alex Quan-Pham, Chrysanthemum Tran, and Paul Tran

In the mood for a film screening? Gear up as a community and gather ‘round for a screening of the Queer Vietnamese film Nước (Water/Homeland). Praised by The Long Beach Post as “a six-minute shot to the heart. It’s a visceral, gut-wrenching, heartfelt string of moments” -- Nước is an experimental narrative short film about a queer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom's experience.. MORE

Sun, October 23, 2016 7:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, New York 10001

Civil Violence: New Sri Lankan Lit

with Anuk Arudpragasam, Sunila Galappatti, Nayomi Munaweera, Hasanthika Sirisena, Sunil Yapa, and Kitana Ananda

Four critically acclaimed writers read from new books exploring the legacy of political violence, whether it’s based around gender or war, migration or the state. Fiction writers Anuk Arudpragasam, Hasanthika Sirisena, Sunil Yapa, and Nayomi Munaweera (here for a rare New York appearance!) unearth trauma’s deep wounds from the Civil War in Sri Lanka and its diaspora to the WTO protests in 1999 Seattle. We’re delighted to add Sunila Galappatti.. MORE

Fri, October 21, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Stubborn Dirty Snow

with Can Xue and Porochista Khakpour

NOTE: WE HAVE CHANGED THE DATE FROM TUESDAY 10/17/16 TO TUESDAY 10/18/16. Swing by for a unique appearance by Can Xue, one of China’s edgiest avant-garde fiction writers, as well as one of the country’s most significant women writers. Susan Sontag called Can Xue the most likely possibility of a Chinese Nobel Laureate, and Robert Coover called her “a new world master.” Come see for yourself as she discusses her work.. MORE

Tue, October 18, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

When the Unreal’s Real: On World Literature

with Xu Xi and Bino Realuyo

Join Xu Xi and Bino Realuyo to talk about Xu’s newly released novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press 2016). Bino and Xu will perform the book's prelude in a conversation on the transnational novel, metafiction, jazz and Bugs Bunny. Narrator, character, and oh yeah, real people themselves shapeshift in a conversation about the fate of the novel in the era of globalization and China’s ascendance. Shortlisted for the.. MORE

Thu, October 13, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Randa Jarrar Launch Party

with Randa Jarrar, Moustafa Bayoumi, Hala Alyan, and Sara Yasin

Join us for a subversive, raucous night celebrating novelist Randa Jarrar’s debut short story collection, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (Sarabande 2016). We’ll hear from Randa herself as well as a cast of literary all-stars performing her work: essayist Moustafa Bayoumi, poet Hala Alyan, and Buzzfeed’s Sara Yasin. BTW, did we mention that we’ll have a photo booth? Randa Jarrar’s sparkling first novel--A Map of Home (Penguin 2009)--explored the vivacious coming-of-age and.. MORE

Wed, October 12, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Surveillance Theater: Launch Party for Marina Budhos’ Watched

with Marina Budhos & Theatre 167

Join us for a special night that mixes politics, literature, and theater, as we launch Marina Budhos’s latest novel Watched—a moral odyssey of a Muslim teenager in the age of surveillance. We’ll be joined by a special theatrical adaptation of the book by actors from Theater 167, who will also discuss some of the challenges of being an Asian American actor. In her novel Ask Me No Questions, Marina Budhos explored.. MORE

Thu, October 6, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

New Korean Literature in Translation

with Deborah Smith & Ed Park

Join us for a rare New York appearance by translator Deborah Smith, whose translation of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian: A Novel (Hogarth 2016) just won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. She’ll discuss her new translation of Bae Suah’s A Greater Music (Open Letter 2016) with novelist and editor Ed Park. We will have refreshments courtesy of our co-sponsors the Literature Translation Institute of Korea and the Korean Consulate General.. MORE

Wed, October 5, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Dane Figueroa Edidi, Sham-e Ali Nayeem, Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Dane Figueroa Edidi and Sham-e Ali Nayeem. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a Philadelphia area-based poet and visual artist who.. MORE

Tue, October 4, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie

with Bushra Rehman

Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14 7PM-9PM $400 General / $375 AAWW Members $360 Early Registration before Labor Day - September 5th Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical.. MORE

Mon, October 3, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Amplify(HER) Launch

with Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Manny Yusuf, Israt Audry, Michelle Chen, Soonaenae, DJ Ushka, Laura X Moya & Deesha Narichania

Drop by for the special launch for AMPLIFY(HER), the first-ever zine by and for undocumented women from the Asian diaspora. Grab your copy and support undocumented Asian writers alongside event hosts Sonia Guiñansaca of CultureStrike and Kay Ulanday Barrett, author of When The Chant Comes (Topside Press 2016). Come hear from the editors.. MORE

Thu, September 29, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

(IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex

with Alfian Sa’at, Naomi Jackson, Jason Koo, Ovidia Yu, and Jennifer Hayashida

Join us for the opening night of the Singapore Literary Festival! Racial/ethnic identifications are seen as visible, whereas sexual preferences are deemed otherwise. How do writers make visible, or not, such identifications and preferences, and why do they do so? Award-winning Singaporean authors and playwrights Alfian Sa’at and Ovidia Yu will join New York-based writers Naomi Jackson and Jason Koo in a special reading and discussion the invisibilities and visibilities.. MORE

Wed, September 28, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

The Face

with Tash Aw and Ruth Ozeki

Celebrate the launch of an innovative new series from Restless Books with two of contemporary literature’s most exciting transnational writers: Booker Finalist Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw. Both writers have slim new editions with a new series by Restless Books called THE FACE, which asks writers to offer a guided tour of that most intimate terrain: their own faces. Ruth Ozeki’s THE FACE: A Time Code (Restless Books 2016) provides a.. MORE

Fri, September 23, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Avant Poetry & Politics

with Jennifer Hayashida, Tyehimba Jess, David Lau, & Cheena Marie Lo

Join us for a special night featuring four poets on the cutting edge of avant-garde poetry and politics and whose work explores issues of gender, anti-capitalism, and race. We’re excited to host visits from out-of-town poets published by Commune Editions: David Lau, the editor of Lana Turner Journal, and Oakland-based genderqueer poet Cheena Marie Lo, whose debut book explores debt, sociality, gender, and work. They’ll be joined by Jennifer Hayashida,.. MORE

Thu, September 15, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY

150 Years of Chinese American History

with Peter Ho Davies

Laundry and railroad workers, silent film star Anna May Wong, and hate crime victim Vincent Chin: these icons of Chinese American history become recast in The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016), a new multi-generational novel by the award-winning author Peter Ho Davies. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davis is a Guggenheim and NEA Fellow and was named by Granta as one of the Best Young British novelists.. MORE

Mon, September 12, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Good Girls Marry Doctors

with Piyali Bhattacharya, Swati Khurana, Rajpreet Heir, Jyothi Natarajan, Ankita Rao, and Sejal Shah

Come through to celebrate the new anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books 2016), the first anthology to examine the multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families. Intimate, heart-breaking, political, and hilarious, these first person essays examine what it means to be the perfect Asian daughter. (The book’s title—editor Piyali Bhattacharya writes in Feministing—arose out of “a.. MORE

Wed, September 7, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001
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