About a decade ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) began to puzzle over a strange and disturbing sight: whole, roasted ducks, hanging by their necks in the windows of Manhattan’s Chinatown.
The Annual Asian American Literary Awards honor Asian American writers for excellence in three categories: (1) fiction,(2) poetry, and (3) nonfiction. Literary awards recipients are determined by a national panel of judges who are selected on the basis of expertise in a literary genre and/or experience in academic environments relevant to Asian American literature; residence in the U.S. and ethnic background as to create a diverse committee.
To qualify for our next award, a work must have been written by an individual of Asian descent living in the United States and published originally in English during the calendar year preceding the award year (for example, works published in 2013 are eligible for the 2014 Literary Awards). No self-published works will be considered. Award submissions are accepted in spring, with award recipients announced in the Fall, and publicly presented during our Spring awards ceremony and literary festival.
Lifetime Achievement Award. The Workshop has also recognized notable writers and cultural figures for their contribution to Asian American literature through a lifetime achievement award. Past winners of this award include Jessica Hagedorn, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Sonny Mehta.
Members' Choice Award. The Asian American Literary Awards Ceremony also features the Members' Choice Award. Initiated in 2000, the Members' Choice Award allows Workshop members to choose their favorite title of the previous publishing year. In order to participate in voting for this award, you must be a current member of The Asian American Writers' Workshop. Titles may only be eligible for consideration of Members' Choice Award if they have been entered in the Annual Asian American Literary Awards in one of the three categories above.
Applications for the upcoming Seventeenth Annual Asian American Literary Awards are due February 21st, 2014.* Please view the guidelines and fill out the application to apply. *Please note: The deadline has been extended to March 14th, 2014.
Entry fee. A $100.00 entry fee must accompany each separate entry. Checks should be made payable to "The Asian American Writers' Workshop." In the event that a participant cannot pay this fee, a waiver may be granted upon approval. Participants may also pay the entry fee electronically by clicking the icon "General Admission" on the right panel...
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy.” Undercover officers and informants have spied on 30 mosques in New York alone, and counter-terrorism agents have a file on every Moroccan taxi driver in the city. Based on several years of research and reportage from Texas and New York to Yorkshire, The Muslims are Coming! is the first comprehensive critique of counter-radicalization strategies, examining how these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived anti-extremism.
Arun Kundnani writes about race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. Born and bred in London, he moved to New York in 2010 on a fellowship with the Open Society Foundations and now lives in Harlem. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain, which was selected as a New Statesman book of the year in 2007. A former editor of the journal Race & Class, he was educated at Cambridge University, holds a PhD from London Metropolitan University, and teaches at New York University.
Co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)...
The writers of Bamboo Ridge Press draw on Native Hawaiian, Japanese, and Standard English to craft a hybrid poetry that reflects the history and culture of their islands. Join us for a rare chance to hear six of these poets read in New York. Four will read from their collective book No Choice but to Follow, a series of linked renshi poems. Since 1978, Bamboo Ridge Press has published literature by and about the people of Hawai'i.
Gail N. Harada was born in Honolulu and spent part of her childhood on a military base in Japan. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2000, she won a Pushcart Prize for her poem “A Meditation.” She is the author of a collection of poems and stories, Beyond Green Tea and Grapefruit (Bamboo Ridge 2013). She teaches writing and literature at Kapi‘olani Community College.
Ann Inoshita was born and raised on O‘ahu. She has published poems in Bamboo Ridge, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Hawai‘i Review, and Tinfish. Her book of poems, Mānoa Stream, was published by Kahuaomānoa Press (2007), Her short play, Wea I Stay: A Play in Hawai‘i,was included in The Statehood Project, performed by Kumu Kahua Theatre and published by Fat Ulu Productions. She has an M.A. in Engish from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and currently teaches at Kapi‘olani Community College.Lisa Linn Kanae was born and raised on O‘ahu, and is the author the short story collection Islands Linked by Ocean (Bamboo Ridge 2009), as well as Sista Tongue (Tinfish 2001), a memoir/essay that weaves the social history of Hawai‘i Creole English with personal experience. She is the recipient of the 2009 Elliot Cades Award for Literature. Kanae teaches composition and literature at Kapi‘olani Community College.Juliet S. Kono has written two books of poetry, a short story collection, and several children's books. She has been widely anthologized, and her most recent book is Anshuu, a historical novel about World War II, which was published in 2010. She has won several awards over the years: the American Japanese National Literary Award, a US/Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship, and the Hawai‘i Award for Literature, 2006. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i, she now lives in Honolulu with her husband and teaches writing at Leeward Community College.
Christy Passion was born and raised on the island of O'ahu, and has published her work locally in venues such as Bamboo Ridge Press, ‘Ōiwi; A Native Hawaiian Journal, and The Hawai‘i Pacific Review as well as being featured in Mauri Ola: a New Zealand Anthology by Auckland University Press. Her poetry has won both local and national awards. A surgical/trauma critical care nurse at the Queen's Medical Center, Passion writes journal articles on critical care nursing. Forthcoming will be the article "Massive Transfusion Protocols" in the American Journal of Nursing, November 2013.
Jean Yamasaki Toyama is Professor Emerita in the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas at the University of Hawaii-Mānoa. Her areas of research include Samuel Beckett's novels and the early French-Japanese connection in translation. Her latest books include No Choice but to Follow, Kelli’s Hanauma Friends and The Piano Tuner's Wife. Her poetry recently appeared in Fifty-Eight Stones and Wavelengths from Savant Press and her short stories in issues of Bamboo Ridge.