Upcoming Events

Blind Musicians and The Peshawar Bazaar

Kamila Shamsie, Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru has gone digital with his multimedia essay “Twice Upon a Time” for the Atavist. The Atavist is going print with their first paper book, Kamila Shamsie's A God in Every Stone. Kunzru's essay is a take on New York through music and memory, with the sounds of the blind musician Moondog. Shamsie offers an epic tale that starts in London on the eve of WWI and travels through Peshawar, Flanders, and.. MORE

Thu, September 18, 2014 7:00pm
McNally Jackson
52 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

The Popular is Political

Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee

You love the sound of "Blurred Lines" but hate the words. You're troubled by The Help. Where do feminism and diversity fit into this crazy world of pop culture? Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist doesn't offer up definitive answers, it provokes us into conversation. Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and the great blog Koreanish, joins her on stage to ask the question: what would real diversity look like in our popular culture? Roxane Gay’s writing has.. MORE

Mon, September 22, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York, NY

Open Mic: Burqa Project Edition

Ayesha Akhtar

AAWW’s open mic series provides a safe space to forge new art and communities. We’ve seen unpublished writers and legendary authors, sparked book deals, and hosted comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. Featured presenter Ayesha Akhtar will break down The Burqa Project, in which she asks men to dress in burqas and captures them going about their daily lives. This event is open to the public, with a.. MORE

Tue, September 30, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York,
Past Events

These Sacred Bones

R.A. Villanueva, Janine Joseph, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, John Murillo, Patrick Rosal, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Part religious meditation, part pop culture, R.A. Villanueva's Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning debut Reliquaria uses the body as a starting point for everything else. AAWW is toasting the launch of his book with a stellar lineup of poets presenting their work with him. Award-winning performance poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will emcee the evening. We'll be discussing human anatomy, Filipino America, the Renaissance, and western mythology. R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria (U. MORE

Sat, September 13, 2014 7:00pm
Dumbo Sky
10 Jay St, #903
Brooklyn, New York

Ships, Blood, Fire, Diaspora

Kalyan Ray, Siddhartha Mitter

Kalyan Ray's sweeping new novel, No Country, takes us back to the height of the colonial era and to the present, using a network of characters to understand the South Asian diaspora. We begin in 19th Century Ireland, tracing families to Calcutta, New York, from 1843 to the present. Throughout, Ray offers rich prose and characters, giving life to this expansive history. Journalist and editor Siddhartha Mitter will moderate a MORE

Wed, September 10, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York,

Presence and Poetry

Dorothy J. Wang, Sarah Gambito, Ken Chen

Do we read white poets the same way we do poets of color? Dorothy J. Wang’s Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, And Subjectivity In Contemporary Asian American Poetry calls for a radical rethinking of how we read American poetry. Writers of color are seen as secondary to those who are "racially unmarked". Even within the changing landscape of poets, critics, and academics, the literary and social characteristics of Asian American MORE

Tue, August 26, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York,
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