Go Home! AAWW Launch

with Karissa Chen, Chaya Babu, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Alexander Chee & Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Monday, March 12, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Media Gallery

Join us for the launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press that images “home” in twenty-first century through fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the the necessity of both expanding and challenging the immigrant narrative. We’re celebrating the launch of the anthology at the workshop with contributors Karissa Chen, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Chaya Babu, and Alexander Chee. They will be joined in conversation with the book’s editor, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.


Gina Apostol’s third novel, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan C. Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City.

Chaya Babu is a Brooklyn-based writer, journalist, educator, and organizer. She was a 2016 Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellow and a 2015 Open City Fellow with the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and her writing has also appeared in The MarginsRacialicious, the Feminist Wire, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday GuardianIndia Abroad, and elsewhere. Babu is currently pursuing her MFA in writing at Pratt Institute, and she is also editor at large at the Brooklyn Quarterly and a teaching artist with Community Word Project.

Alexander Chee is the author of the national bestseller The Queen of the Night. His acclaimed debut novel, Edinburgh, was published in 2001. He is a contributing editor at the new Republic, an editor at large at VQR and LitHub, and a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times. His essays and stories have appeared in Best American Essays, the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR, and Out, among others. He is winner of the Whiting Award and fellowships from the NEA and the MCCA. He is currently an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.

Karissa Chen is the author of the chapbook Of Birds and Lovers. Her fiction and essays have been published in numerous publications, including Gulf Coast, PEN America, Guernica, and the Toast. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, and is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices fellow. She currently serves as the senior literature editor of Hyphen magazine and is a cofounding editor of Some Call It Ballin’.

Wendy Xu is the author of Phrasis, winner of the 2016 Ottoline Prize, and You Are Not Dead. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, her work has appeared in the Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, A Public Space, and widely elsewhere. Born in Shandong, China, she lives in New York City and serves as poetry editor for Hyperallergic.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was an Asian American Writers' Workshop fellow, and her short work has appeared in Grant, the Guardian, Guernica, Apogee, and the White Review, among other places. She has received residencies from the Gladstone Library and Hedgebrook.

This event will be livestreamed on the Asian American Writers' Workshop Facebook page.

*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org with any questions on reserving priority seating.

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