Past Events

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

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

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

Asian Classics: Hong Gildong

with Minsoo Kang, Min Jin Lee, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Join us as we celebrate the new authoritative translation from Penguin Classics of The Story of Hong Gildong--arguably the single-most important book of classic Korean fiction. Following the adventures of the Robin Hood-like Hong Gildong, this social justice fairy tale has been adapted into feature films, television shows, cartoons, and even a video game. As NPR writes, "Hong Gildong is an iconic figure in.. MORE

Thu, August 25, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Undocumented Architecture

with Tings Chak, Victoria Law

Join us for the U.S. launch of Tings Chak’s Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention, a graphic novel that documents the banality and violence of immigration incarceration centers. She'll discuss the work with freelance journalist Victoria Law, which will be facilitated by a member of AMPLIFY(HER). At the intersection of prison abolition and migrant justice, we explore counter-narratives that highlight resistance by incarcerated women and.. MORE

Thu, August 18, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St.
New York, NY 10003

Process Talk II

with Victoria Chang, Andrew Lam, Monica Ong, and Eugenia Leigh

Come through for our second installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. Come see award-winning poet Victoria Chang and essayist Andrew Lam (both joining us for a rare visit from out of town), and emerging poets Monica Ong Reed and Eugenia Leigh. For a sneak peak, check out Victoria and.. MORE

Wed, August 17, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

North Korean Stories

with Krys Lee, Barbara Demick & Sukjong Hong

North Korea is often represented as an unknowable space: a militarized space with few computers, no Internet, and a government mouthpiece that reports almost no news. Join us with two award-winning authors who seek to imagine and tell stories from the so-called Hermit Kingdom: Krys Lee, whose new novel is one of the most anticipated books of 2016 (The Millions) and National Book Award-nominated journalist Barbara Demick. The event will.. MORE

Mon, August 8, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Words on Terror: Celebrating Solmaz Sharif’s Look

with Solmaz Sharif, Mariam Ghani, Cathy Park Hong, Rickey Laurentiis

Join us for a special night celebrating poet Solmaz Sharif’s debut poetry collection, Look, which deploys poetry to bear witness to, in the words of NPR, “war in the Middle East, the war on terror, the devastation ravaged upon families in the name of freedom.” She’ll be joined by poets Cathy Park Hong and Rickey Laurentiis and artist Mariam Ghani, who will read their own work as well as.. MORE

Wed, July 20, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Speculative Visions: An evening with Ted Chiang

with Ted Chiang, Alice Sola Kim, Kirby Kim

Swing by for a special night with one of the country’s most prominent science fiction writers, Ted Chiang, the winner of four Locus awards, four Nebula awards, four Hugo Awards, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Moderated by Whiting Award-winner Alice Sola Kim--a writer whose work has appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's Literary Quarterly, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. Introduced by.. MORE

Fri, July 15, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th
New York, NY 10001

Hybrid Love

with Tahmima Anam, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Larissa Pham, and Nina Sharma

Join us for a reading and conversation with writers Tahmima Anam, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Larissa Pham, and Nina Sharma centered on interracial love... MORE

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

Info Session: The Margins & Open City Fellowships

with the editors of The Margins and Open City


The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for two separate opportunities for emerging Asian American writers: The Margins Fellowship and the Open City Project Fellowship. Come learn more and meet our editors at an information session on Tuesday, June 28. About the Fellowships: The Open City Project Fellowship will give writers the opportunity to write and publish narrative nonfiction over the span of six months on the.. MORE

Tue, June 28, 2016 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 W 27th Street, 6 FL
New York, NY 10001

PubCon 2016

with Jenny Zhang, Jarry Lee, Tim O'Connell, Katie Raissian, James Yeh, Kashana Cauley, Mensah Demary, Ryan Chapman, Rakesh Satyal, & more to be announced

You're a writer. We know it. You know it. We also know that sometimes the hardest part isn't getting your ideas down on paper, but getting your manuscript out of the slush pile. AAWW's third Publishing Conference is a special one-day session for any writer who's ever felt left out, whether because of their race, gender, or class, or simply because of the necessary solitude of the writer's life. Come hear.. MORE

Sat, June 25, 2016 10:30am
ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Process Talk

with Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Timothy Yu

Come through for our first installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. We’re featuring award-winning poets Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Timothy Yu, and novelist Bich Minh Nguyen, all four of whom join us in a rare visit from out of town. Poet Jaswinder Bolina is author of Phantom Camera (winner of.. MORE

Mon, June 20, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Fragile Family

with Esme Wang, Alice Sola Kim, Wei Tchou, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Come through for a special evening featuring four emerging writers on family trauma and celebrating the release of the debut novel by Esme Wang. She’ll be joined by Whiting Award Winner Alice Sola Kim and New Yorker contributor Wei Tchou in conversation with novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. In Esme Wang’s new novel The Border of Paradise (Unnamed Press 2016), David, a neurotic traumatized American, escapes the States to Kaoshiung,.. MORE

Thu, June 16, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

On Failure: Celebrating Hua Hsu's Floating Chinaman

with Hua Hsu, Jon Caramanica, Ashok Kondabolu, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Dave Tompkins, and Esther Wang

Come through for a special event on ruminating on failure and celebrating the new book by Hua Hsu, A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific. The book takes its title from a lost manuscript by H. T. Tsiang, an oddball early Chinese immigrant experimental writer whose dismal literary career led him to self-publish his own visionary novels. We’ll start the event with short talks on failure by Jon.. MORE

Wed, June 8, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York,

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

with Rumaan Alam and Mira Jacob

Rumaan Alam reads from his new book Rich and Pretty: A Novel (HarperCollins 2016) in conversation with novelist Mira Jacob. Mention AAWW when you check out at this special B&N book fair event and we’ll receive 10% of your purchase as a donation! Rumaan’s Rich and Pretty is an irresistible debut set in contemporary New York that focuses on how the relationship between two best friends (Sarah and Lauren) changes when.. MORE

Tue, June 7, 2016 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble
150 E 86th Street
New York,

Poetry Poetry IV

with Ocean Vuong, Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Jennifer Hayashida

This is POETRY POETRY EPISODE IV, so that means this is some A New Hope sh*t. Come through for three emerging poets who’re wielding the force and making it new: Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Ocean Vuong, who just won the Whiting Award and found himself the subject of a rave profile in The New Yorker... MORE

Thu, May 19, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York,

Japanese Feminist Comics

with MariNaomi, Rokudenashiko, and Anne Ishii

Come hear two storytellers who are working at the edge of gender, sexuality, and the visual arts: graphic novelist MariNaomi, whose critically acclaimed new comic memoir explores her time working at hostess bars in Tokyo, and Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, who was arrested last year in Japan for "distribution of obscenity." Her crime? Creating explicitly feminist art based on her own vulva. While Rokudenashiko.. MORE

Wed, May 18, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York,

SOLASTALGIA: Eco-Feminist Poetry by Queer Poets of Color

with Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda

Join us at AAWW for an evening of eco-feminist poetry that navigates time travel, queer resilience, migrant justice, love, trauma, fantasy, and indigenous survivance featuring Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda. This is the homecoming show of SOLASTALGIA: a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary poetry of Chinese-American migrant artist JESS X SNOW and Indigenous Diné artist Demian DinéYazhi founder of RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance &.. MORE

Tue, May 17, 2016 7:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York, NY 10001

Blast Radius

with Karan Mahajan and Amitava Kumar

Karan Mahajan’s new novel The Association of Small Bombs explores the profound effects terrorism can have on a family and a community. One of the most celebrated novels of the year, the book has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times, which named it an Editors’ Choice. Listen to him read and discuss his novel in conversation with AAWW Board Member and 2016.. MORE

Mon, May 16, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St.
New York, NY 10001

TURNING YOUR REAL LIFE INTO FICTION: A NOVEL WORKSHOP

with Helen Wan

Four sessions 6-8pm: Wed 5/11, Tues 5/24, Tues 5/31, Tues 6/7. No class 5/17. Fees & Payment Options: Full class tuition: $325 General / $300 Members Full payment due before first class. Deposit: $80 General / $75 Members Try out the first class and see what you think! Just pay a deposit due before the first class. Why you should take this class: Novelist Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track (St. Martin’s Press 2013).. MORE

Wed, May 11, 2016 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th street Suite 600
New York, New York 10001

Intro to Islamophobia and Xenophobia

with Deepa Iyer, YaliniDream, Hina Shamsi, Aber Kawas

If you’ve been following the Presidential election, you’ve heard Donald Trump call for a database tracking all Muslim Americans and Ted Cruz suggest banning Muslim refugees purely on their religion. While this nativism is not new, dating back to 9/11 and before, these examples show how crucial xenophobia remains for American nationalism. Come hear attorney/activist Deepa Iyer read from her crucial new book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab,.. MORE

Thu, May 5, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York,

Colonial Manifests

with John Keene and Naomi Williams

We’re treading the treacherous waters of the Age of Exploration and the history of New World slavery. Guiding your rudder will be two formally adventurous story collections: Dark Room Collective member John Keene’s Counternarratives (named Best of 2015 by Flavorwire, Lambda Literary, LitHub, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine) and Japanese American novelist Naomi Williams’s Landfalls (picked for the NBCC longlist and the One Story Debut Ball). Moderated by AAWW.. MORE

Wed, May 4, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York, New York 11366

Imagined Communities in Indonesia and the Philippines

with Leila Chudori, Vicente Rafael and Gina Apostol

Join us for a special night about nationhood, exile, and Southeast Asian history featuring seminal Indonesian novelist Leila Chudori and honoring the late Benedict Anderson. The Jakarta-based Chudori will read from her novel Home, which spans the generation of left dissidents forced into exile by the 1965 killings and Suharto’s New Order; the book was winner of the country’s highest literary prize. Also intimately involved in this phase of Indonesian.. MORE

Fri, April 29, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York,

Poets & Writers' Seventh Annual Connecting Cultures Reading

with Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan

Join us Poets & Writers’s seventh annual Connecting Cultures reading, featuring: Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan. Event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. RESERVE A SEAT! /\ /\ \/\/ \/\/ This year's cross-cultural reading features writers who have been funded through Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops Program, representing Jack Arts Inc., Kundiman/Adhikaar,.. MORE

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

Women of Color Writing on the Internet

with Kate Gavino, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, Mallika Rao, and Esther Wang

Join Kate Gavino with an awesome lineup of emerging writers talking about the challenges, thrills and tribulations of writing as a women of color online. Gavino’s Last Night Reading literary event illustrations have blown up to be a Tumblr sensation. She’ll be joined by Esther Wang, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, and Mallika Rao. Brooklyn-based illustrator Kate Gavino attended hundreds of literary events in New York. She drew inspirational quotes.. MORE

Mon, April 25, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York,

Hybrid Details: Honoring Fred Wah

with Fred Wah, Wo Chan, Mark Nowak and Jeff Derksen

Poet Fred Wah is a living legend in Canada, but he remains woefully under-read in this country. To remedy that, we’re celebrating Fred’s oeuvre--a jazzy, radical exploration of place and racial hybridity--and the publication of Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962–1991 (Talonbooks 2016). We’ll have Fred himself, on a rare visit from Canada, and acclaimed poets Wo Chan, Mark Nowak, and Jeff Derksen. A hapa poet who grew up in his.. MORE

Wed, April 13, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York, New York 11366

The Map-maker's Colors

with Hala Alyan, J. Mae Barizo, Zeina Hashem Beck, Youmna Chlala

In a poem published in The Margins, J. Mae Barizo writes: “And if there was no country [...] there would be no memory, neither an others or one’s own.” Come hear three lyric poets whose new books grapple with the cost and value of remembering a place: Hala Alyan, Zeina Hashem Beck, and Barizo, whose poems describe the psychic weight of cities like Beirut and Palestine, Detroit and Saint.. MORE

Tue, April 12, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York,

A4 Town Hall

with Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Wei Tchou, and more!

We’re glad to be joining the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Town Hall, a bi-monthly event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! Are you an artist or arts organization who wants to pitch your work, upcoming event, grant, or award in a safe community space? Present your 60-second elevator pitch with the other attendees! You don't have to pitch to attend – RSVP to just come and listen! And feel.. MORE

Tue, April 5, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York,

AAWW at AWP—The NEA Turns 50: Celebrating a Half-Century of Support for Literature in America

with Amy Stolls, Fiona McCrae, Luis Alberto Urrea, Natasha Trethewey, & Ken Chen

*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What do Ralph Ellison, Harper Lee, and John Steinbeck have in common? They were among the first council members of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966 that argued for grants to creative writers. Since then, the NEA has been the unsung hero behind the successful careers of many thousands of writers and literary organizations. Join key members of the.. MORE

Fri, April 1, 2016 12:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York, New York 10001

AAWW at AWP—Asian American Caucus

with Ken Chen, 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 first Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out and community space. If you’re an Asian American writer, come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities,.. MORE

Thu, March 31, 2016 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York, New York 10001

AAWW at AWP—From the Margins: Literary Magazines Supporting Writers of Color

with Jyothi Natarajan, Ron Kavanaugh, Melody Nixon, & Janice Lobo Sapigao

*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* “It isn’t hard to find writers of color,” Roxane Gay wrote in a 2012 blog post. “All you have to do is read.” In this panel, editors from five literary magazines dedicated to publishing writers often marginalized by the publishing industry talk about what it looks like to publish voices from the periphery. Topics include where they find new emerging.. MORE

Thu, March 31, 2016 10:30am
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York, New York 10001

South Asian Trans-Urbanisms

with Somini Sengupta, Githa Hariharan, & Jyothi Natarajan

So, we’re all familiar with the brand of 21st century India: the world’s largest democracy, a burgeoning BRIC economy, and, as one famous campaign slogan described it, India Shining. But what do these promises of possibility look like if you’re one of the subcontinents more marginal inhabitants--say, a poor laborer in Delhi, a woman fighting gender inequity, or a Kashmiri separatist? Two writers investigate South Asian cities through rich journalistic.. MORE

Mon, March 28, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York,

Jung Yun in Conversation with Alexander Chee

with Jung Yun and Alexander Chee

Do you have some good old fashioned Asian American family baggage? Then join us for a special event at Barnes and Noble and celebrate Jung Yun, who’ll discuss her debut novel Shelter with novelist and AAWW homie Alexander Chee. Jung’s novel has been named one of the most anticipated books of the year by The Millions & Brooklyn Magazine, as well as a Barnes and Nobles Discover Great New Writers.. MORE

Wed, March 23, 2016 7:00pm
UES Barnes and Noble
150 E 86th St
New York,

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Rajiv Mohabir, and Candice Iloh

  Mic Check! Hosted by poet and formerly undocumented activist Sonia Guinansaca and pin@y transgender queer poet Kay Ulanday Barrett, come through to our first Mouth to Mouth of 2016. Our ongoing open mic series, Mouth to Mouth asks QTPOC and rising migrant artists to step up and share their work in a safe community space. This edition of Mouth to Mouth features poets Rajiv Mohabir and Candice Iloh. MORE

Mon, March 21, 2016 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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