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August Bookmarks: 21 New Books by Asian Writers

By Ashley Somwaru and Wen Zhuang | August 13, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Tadao Tsuge’s visionary punk manga, Fatimah Asghar’s Partition poetry, Ling Ma’s anti-capitalist zombie satire, and Etel Adnan’s apocalyptic aphorisms.

Rainbow

By Eileen Chong | August 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Not all rainbow: here, tender orange, / there, rusted brown, the underside / gelatinous and white. Then the bones.

AAWW Staff Picks: Summer Reads

By AAWW | August 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Moroccan surrealist poetry, Dickensian Korean American fiction, Chinese mythology made new, memoirs of a post-Marcos Philippines, and more.

We Are Family: An Interview with Min Jin Lee

By Lillian Li | August 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Min Jin Lee talks with Lillian Li about researching and revising a novel, her relationship to her readership, and what’s next in line after Pachinko.

Disorder: Two Poems by Adeeba Talukder

By Adeeba Talukder | July 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

There is uncertainty in your future, a woman on the street told me. I can see it. You will be very unhappy, very soon.

Search History

By Eugene Lim | July 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The dysthemic artificial intelligence scientist took a book of poetry off the shelf and sat on her couch. What was she ushering in and what was a grand program for which she was simply helpless agent?

Minoru

By Michael Prior | July 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The stallion: one win short / of the triple crown. My intonation: / one stress too many for an apology— / all the times I got it wrong. Minoru, / Minoru—both are gone.

Sugar on the Gash

By Divya Victor | July 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We are our skins; we are our hides. But my skin, and the skin of others like me, has been torn. It is at the site of this gash that our identity coheres, that our identity is espied.

Severed Ties: An Interview with Dickson Lam

By Jean Chen Ho | July 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Dickson Lam talks about cultural memory, cross-generational trauma, and familial separation in his new memoir Paper Sons.

Swallow

By Geramee Hensley | June 26, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Ask if he knows, what the first champagne mango of the summer / tastes like, its golden juices flowing over some farmer’s / cigar paper skin.

Apo

By Cornell Pineda | June 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A policeman found the boy minutes later. A shaman, / a monk, a priest, and a poet are still pouring over / his soul.

Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island

By Jeffrey Thomas Leong and David Wojahn | June 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Against the hills, a tall building with plank-walled rooms. / I, wishing for my wife and son like clouds far away, / My night is even longer under the bright moon.

Imagining Abolition: A Conversation with Jackie Wang

By Mark Tseng-Putterman | May 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Carceral Capitalism talks predictive policing, the limits of appeals to innocence, and the price of prisons.

Keeping Tabs: Refusing Death

By Ashley Somwaru | May 18, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Religious supremacy, colonial erasure’s legacies, and seventy years of Palestinian resistance to occupation.

Keeping Tabs: Alternative Futures and Troubled Histories

By AAWW | February 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Black History Month, the value of remembering, and the often silent heroism of existence.

Nyima Tsering’s Tears

By Tsering Woeser | December 22, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This was the first time he had seen so many exiled Tibetans of his own flesh and blood in a foreign land. Though they were only a few feet away, it was as if they were separated by ranges of mountains.

Keeping Tabs: Not Quite Touching

By AAWW | December 12, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Janice Lee on becoming the badger, Navneet Alang on baby names, new hopes, and familial history, Maya Mackrandilal on culture shaping art.

Keeping Tabs: Heroine Complex

By AAWW | November 16, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Cixin Liu on first contact, Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thanksgiving, the future of Mission Chinese, and new fiction from Rachel Khong.

Keeping Tabs: Out of the Darkness

By AAWW | November 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Kimiko Hahn speaks on Asian American Acitivism; Kazim Ali confronts political grabs in poetry.

All Over the Place

By Hazem Fahmy | November 7, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘A week before I graduate, I round up all my femme clothes / and stuff them in the Savers plastic bag / I’d gotten them in.’

Keeping Tabs: Conversation

By | October 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Diversity in publishing, the lost history of comfort women, and Karen Tei Yamashita on her family history.

Keeping Tabs: Forgotten History

By AAWW | October 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The literature of Arab dictators, Asian futurism, and America’s forgotten TV chef, Joyce Chen.

Process Questions: Two Poems by Karthik Purushothaman

By Karthik Purushothaman | October 10, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Which poem can defeat / the fear of dying / a meaningless death / and how to write that poem / staring into the barrel?’

Keeping Tabs: New Skins

By AAWW | October 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Patty Yumi Cottrell on the abyss, Leland Cheuk on battling cancer, and former Margins fellow Wo Chan on fashion and the body.

Keeping Tabs: Making and Taking Spaces

By AAWW | September 29, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The gentrification of punk, Anelise Chen on her grandmother’s ghost, Jonathan Saha on the dangers of excluding Rohingya Muslims from their own identity, and more.

Keeping Tabs: A Critical Eye

By AAWW | August 29, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This week’s articles are about the current U.S. political climate–but don’t worry, we have some new tunes for you to enjoy, too!

Keeping Tabs: Imagining Survival

By AAWW | August 15, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Anelise Chen’s latest mollusk column, the painful search for Asian American identity, “anti-blah” writing and more are featured in this week’s link roundup.

Azalea Azalea

By Aria Aber | August 1, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

For eleven / years I lied about where I’m from, / ashamed by the music of endings, // that deep hollow bell. How much of my yearly / tax is spent to bomb the dirt / that birthed me?, is a question // I never wanted to consider.

AAWW TV: Desi Queer

By AAWW | July 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Rahul Mehta and SJ Sindu read from their debut novels, Marriage of a Thousand Lies and No Other World

Keeping Tabs: Critical Memory, Radical Futurity

By AAWW | July 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On data, food, and criticality under capitalism and the State.

Keeping Tabs: Chasing Knowledge and Future Liberation

By AAWW | July 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Reads that encourage us to resist complacency and keep searching for new ways of thinking and being in the world–all in the name of self-determination.

AAWW TV: White People & Asian Dropouts with Lisa Ko, Jade Sharma, Ed Lin

By AAWW | July 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Lisa Ko reads from her debut novel; Ed Lin and Jade Sharma read their stories of Asians who don’t fit the model minority stereotype.

Keeping Tabs: Liminal Presents and Navigations

By AAWW | July 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On building bridges in liminal spaces, and carving new pathways through the unknown.

AAWW TV: Love and Korean Democracy with Jimin Han, Grace Yoojin Wuertz, & E Tammy Kim

By AAWW | July 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz read and discuss their new novels, which interrogate Korean politics of the 1970s and 80s.

No Radio

By Sokunthary Svay | July 11, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Children are playing soldier. / Fetuses ripped from wombs dangle / in nearby trees. Yet he opened his mouth / and a flood of love melodies poured out.’

Keeping Tabs: Strange Places and Safe Havens

By AAWW | July 7, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On accountability – as readers, writers, and members of society.

AAWW TV: Interactive Reading with Thi Bui

By AAWW | July 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Watch Thi Bui read an excerpt from her illustrated memoir The Best We Can Do with the help of some audience members.

AAWW TV: St. Lenox Sings

By AAWW | June 29, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

St. Lenox performs a four-song set at the Workshop, including a track from his second album

it will be too late when i learn the meaning of americanah

By Taeyin ChoGlueck | June 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

pink spam injected into the bloodstream / won’t make one minnesotan, / the difference of an exporter and importer, / colonizer and the colonized with a nine digit ssn

AAWW TV: Ode to DJ Khaled

By AAWW | June 15, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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Marwa Helal reads two poems at the Workshop, including her paen to the Palestinian American rapper DJ Khaled.

Keeping Tabs: Invisibilization

By AAWW | June 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On mollusks, writing craft, and writing against whiteness.

On Lovers and Closeness: Two Poems by Joseph Han

By Joseph Han | June 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Every spring, a deer must shed antlers used for fighting and each bone branch grows back with the thought of my partner’s return this season, and yet.

Being Brave: An Excerpt from Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do

By Thi Bui | June 1, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘In my sleep, I dreamt of how terrible it would be to not find my way home.’

where are we headed

By Jess Rizkallah | May 30, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

but this is boring. let’s talk / about something else. people are only lines / written with water it’s not that serious. i just want to drink / my coffee. i just want to think about roses i misheard / the words as a laugh, beautiful like a song of roses

“Nautical Shrouds”

By Vi Khi Nao | January 24, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘I roam. Sometimes in solitude; sometimes in a crowd. But unlike a dog, I do not die a little each day, subdued to the loyalty of my master. I die all at once if it must be.’

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