Do you believe Asian American stories deserve to be told? Do you want to foster a sanctuary for readers and writers of color? Sign up for a monthly donation to the Asian American Writers' Workshop! Donate just five bucks a month and you’ll pay for a teaching artist to lead a one-hour Asian-language arts class for elderly immigrant women who live in public housing. We're giving the first $10,000 we raise directly to writers in our Muslim Communities fellowship program.
But wait, there's more. You'll get AAWW accessories you won't find anywhere else. We'll mail out our first batch of gifts on February 14th, 2016. Sign up before January 1st, 2016 and you'll be entered into a raffle to win autographed books by Monique Truong, Alexander Chee, and Amitava Kumar. 🐙
Your Impact: Donate the price of a cappuccino each month and you’ll pay for a teaching artist to lead a one-hour workshop for immigrant seniors who live in public housing.
Your Prize: You'll get three stylish pins that'll show you're not anyone's model minority! You'll also get a bookmark featuring art by Last Night's Reading’s Kate Gavino, a temporary tattoo, and a DIY AAWW decal you can iron onto your t-shirt or tote bag.
Loyalty Gift: Keep your Fan Club subscription going and we’ll send you hot pot ingredient stickers.
Your Impact: You'll pay for lead staff and AV costs for a life-changing literary reading—for which we ask only for donations at the door.
Your Prize: You'll earn a specially designed enamel pin that shows you love reading books that are out of this world. Along with the Kate Gavino bookmark, you’ll also get a laptop sticker that combines instant noodles and anti-colonial politics—and two iron-on decals you can use to hack your wardrobe. (One decal features the famous AAWW green couch!)
Loyalty Gift: Keep your Fan Club subscription going and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind AAWW Fan Club poster designed by our Art Director, Britt Gudas.
Your Impact: You'll fund an Asian American writer to teach high school students after school and expose them to stories that could change their lives.
Your Prize: We'll send you a custom-designed nylon cinch pack—the perfect bag to bring to the gym or the book festival. You’ll also get a pin featuring the words of Arundhati Roy, an iron-on decal of our sofa, and an AAWW Fan Club poster designed by AAWW Art Director Britt Gudas.
Loyalty Gift: Keep your Fan Club subscription going and we'll send you a bandana featuring art drawn by an Asian American artist.
For more than a quarter century, the Asian American Writers' Workshop has served as a home, a refuge, and a sanctuary for Asian American writers and readers. Covered by the New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and The Wall Street Journal, we are an alternative literary arts space working at the intersection of race, migration, and social justice. We're dedicated to inventing the future of Asian American intellectual culture!
What we do: We run the online magazine The Margins, hold live events every week, and grant fellowships to emerging writers of color. Since 2011, we’ve promised $140,000 to emerging writers, including writers from immigrant and Muslim communities. We host unforgettable events with over 200 writers a year, like Maxine Hong Kingston, Amitav Ghosh, Jiayang Fan, Ted Chiang, Cathy Park Hong, Roxane Gay, Hari Kunzru, Claudia Rankine, Randa Jarrar, and Junot Díaz. We run after-school programs for New York City high school students, and host Asian-language art workshops for elderly Asian immigrants living in public housing. Our Open City magazine tells the story of low-income Asian American New York. As Jhumpa Lahiri writes, "By the time I was in my early twenties, I wanted to write fiction but I was too afraid. I felt that the Asian American Writers' Workshop was a secret door that opened and cared about and supported my work as a writer."
Membership comes with benefits: Join our Fan Club now and you'll get special membership benefits like: A tax-deduction equivalent to your year total donation; a membership keytag; Free admission to regular events; Discounts on workshops; 25% off select books; Voting rights for our Members’ Choice Award; Invitations to members only events; and a general sense of coolness.