Upcoming Events

The Personal in the Political

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 12:00am
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York, New York 10001

Late Colonial

Charmaine Craig & Maaza Mengiste

Come hear two crucial novelists who’re narrating the colonial and postcolonial nation. Stay to chomp on free Burmese food. 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 record.” Charmaine will talk with Maaza.. MORE

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

A Reading

Sheba Karim

Details TBA... MORE

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


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 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

Workshop: Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar

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
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