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The Border Against Belonging

By Asa Drake | December 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

From the border cities of Juárez and El Paso to America’s courtrooms, Sasha Pimentel’s For Want of Water is not a collection to chart a way home. It’s a way to claim one.

Eight Encounters with Incarceration in the AAWW Archives

By Wen Zhuang | December 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

To launch our initiative A World Without Cages, we consider the literature of incarceration with writers like Brandon Shimoda, Nina Sharma, and Zaina Alsous.

In the Hardware Factory

By Zheng Xiaoqiong and Eleanor Goodman | December 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

as I bear loneliness in the shrieks of iron, it carved / my residence registration on a hole-punch

Rituals of Style: An Interview with Yumi Sakugawa

By Jean Chen Ho | December 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The illustrator and comic artist talks the spiritual side of fashion, pho dresses, Claudia Kishi as an Asian American style icon, and her new book, Fashion Forecasts.

Remembering the Anonymous

By Xie Xiangnan and Bing Ma and Eleanor Goodman | December 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This is a rectangular dream / which inevitably brings forth a rectangular waiting / a floating country can’t pillow a broken dream / and I’ve never dared say goodnight

A Window

By Bernard Capinpin | December 4, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The / day you died, the windows of our house were / open to let the breeze in. You said that it was / nothing.

Hwang Jungeun & the Intimacies of the Unseen

By Hwang Jungeun | November 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

It wasn’t the kind of place you’d notice as a casual passer-by, but one you could only find if you were looking for it.

The End of a Love Affair (Honest and Truly!): An Excerpt from Blame This on the Boogie

By Rina Ayuyang | November 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A fitting end to my crazy stalker-ish experience with Dancing with the Stars

Song Kyung-dong: Overcoming the Nation

By Song Kyung-dong | November 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Tonight, too, there are turning lines…/ I say I do not know, do not know.

November & December Bookmarks: 24 New Books by Asian Writers

By Johanna Dong | November 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The art of queer diaspora, surreal stories of contemporary China, journeys into the history of the Philippine-American War, and the story of the subcontinent through bodies of water.

shock-awareness

By Phan Bá Thọ | November 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

love you because i / hate your lovers loving your peripheral love

Two Poems by Sawako Nakayasu

By Sawako Nakayasu | November 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Taking advantage of opacity, Girl E goes for it and punches indiscriminately.

Seven White Rabbit Candies is Equivalent to One Cup of Milk

By Karen Gu | November 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

As soon as they touch your saliva, the filaments dissolve. Their structure can’t sustain the contact. The sweetness is the taste of collapse.

Folds and Staples: When DIY Publishing Makes a Community

By AAWW | November 14, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Nine artists talk zine fests, artistic influences, and the growing world of queer Asian zine makers.

“L’Heure Vert”

By Monica Ferrell | November 13, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Near the bottom of your hollow mouth, / Your cut tongue gathers lizard scales / Like a sunken bucket in an algal well.

Letter from an Absence I Begin With

By Zaina Alsous | November 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The majority of Palestinians live outside of the occupied territories, awake within a paradox: If it is a demand of land that tethers us, what do we make of those millions of us without a memory of the land to cling to?

Careful, Mama Says

By Esumi Fujimoto | November 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A two-minute stare-down with their father’s deathbed occurs. As though the thing will explain itself.

Hybrid Inheritances: A Conversation with Dao Strom

By David Palumbo-Liu | November 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

David Palumbo-Liu talks with Dao Strom about the mythologies of Vietnam, folk music’s political history, and making space for empathy in writing.

Playing with white dust from Mongolia, always unfinished

By Tse Hao Guang (謝皓光) | November 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

into such sen / sitivity of it / such sense / could not say

Origin Story

By Alice Stephens | November 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

She kissed a fingertip and touched it to the frayed edge of a small sketch of her face. It was all she had left of him, a drawing that he had made of her.

The Age of Plastic

By Craig Santos Perez | November 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Ultrasound waves / pulse between fluid, tissue, and bone一 / the embryo echoes.

Poor Unfortunate Fools

By Silvia Park | November 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Astra unwrapped her long spindly fingers and weighed his member with a chilling fascination.

Mongrel Forms: A Conversation With Deepak Unnikrishnan

By Lisa Chen | October 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“When people ask me how much of the book is autobiographical, I often tell them, ‘Well, you know the story where the man turns into a suitcase? That’s my uncle.'”

Photograph Curling

By Aldrin Valdez | October 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

She’s here to see us off. / Her voice is the softest ligature, unthreading. / Why are you saying goodbye to everyone except for me who raised you?

Fish Paste

By Nay Saysourinho | October 26, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I will outrun the smell of wet decay, your Mekong river in a Gatorade bottle.

Water

By Divya Victor | October 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

After a sperm whale sucks in a squid, it will vomit out its beak.

Opening the Folio: Plastic

By Transpacific Literary Project | October 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

An introduction to the Transpacific Literary Project’s pieces of Plastic through a weaving of voices and questions to come

Hope and Destruction: A Conversation with Akil Kumarasamy

By Zena Agha | October 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Half Gods talks self-orientalism, writing in the diaspora, and the art of the short story.

Apple: Two Poems by Ayesha Raees

By Ayesha Raees | October 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

There was a longing / in the carvings of the / knife my mother held / against the fruit. She / peels with quiet / permission.

October Bookmarks: 30 New Books by Asian Writers

By Johanna Dong and Ernest Tjia | October 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Jeff Yang’s poetry of placelessness, Perumal Murugan’s controversial fiction, Anita Felicelli’s timeless Tamil short stories, and Nasser Hussain’s experimental sky writings.

Wild Girls Seek Justice Through Writing Poetry: A Conversation with Marilyn Chin

By Jane Wong | October 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Marilyn Chin talks bad girl haikus, pissing off your ancestors, and her new career-spanning collection, A Portrait of the Self as Nation.

The Radical Metaphor of If They Come For Us

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | October 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Fatimah Asghar’s insistence on joy is a refusal of the demand that marginalized writers flatten trauma for the white gaze

Generation

By Ahmed Bouanani, translated by Emma Ramadan | October 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

May our dead no longer speak to us / Our language now kneaded into other woes / with rancid stars a meager pittance / and false kingdoms rich in violent blows

What Could Have Been: A Conversation with Nicole Chung

By Mary-Kim Arnold | October 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“There is something inherently powerful in adoptees speaking up and telling our own stories. And I will always believe that to be true.”

Object Permanence: Two Poems by Constance Chan

By Constance Chan | October 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I always thought I’d find you / throned in the moon-drenched water my wonder / woman your palms curled upward like lotus skins

Camp: An Asian American Reading List

By AAWW | October 3, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The conversations, stories, and works of literature and scholarship that inspired our most recent special issue “Camp.”

Chinatown Diptych: Two Poems by Jenny Xie

By Jenny Xie | October 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Who’s keeping count of what’s given against what’s stolen? / There’s nothing I can’t trace back to my coarse immigrant blood.

Shallows

By Maya McCoy | September 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The dreams only start after camp, after I take my first swim with Appah. I watch him with binoculars as he moves farther and farther out into the deep.

The Art of the Camp Ghost Story

By Nancy Huang | September 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The campus was haunted and we all knew it. That summer we flinched around every corner, put our hands out in front of us when we turned off the lights.

How I Wait for You to Return from Your Naturalization Ceremony

By Maddie Kim | September 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Tonight, when you return, you / will be an American and I will still be a girl who needs / a translator to read in my mother’s language, my mouth full / of so few shapes. I fall into the habits of my mother, it’s true.

Call for Submissions: A World Without Cages

By AAWW | September 21, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We’re looking for creative work about life in jail, prison, and immigrant detention.

Crazy Rich Asians Gives in to Love

By Seunghwa Madeleine Han and Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi | September 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

For a film that positions itself as a watershed in the Asian American rom-com canon, when tasked with illuminating romance’s political valences, Crazy Rich Asians pulls up short.

Haunted Women: A Conversation with Sharlene Teo

By Kimberley Lim | September 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Ponti talks female ghouls, writing away from the male gaze, and inhabiting trauma through storytelling.

Transpacific Literary Project: The Pronoun

By Transpacific Literary Project | September 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Send your translations & writing on “The Pronoun” to the Transpacific Literary Project by October 28, 2018

Immigrant’s Lament

By Phuong T. Vuong | September 18, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

This is my small sphere. / I’ll make good, stay folded in myself. I promise / to memorize the bramble and texture of garden walls.

A Cruelty Special to Our Species

By Emily Jungmin Yoon | September 18, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

She is girl. She is gravel. She is grabbed. She is grabbed like handfuls of gravel.

Immigrant Returns: A Summer on the Taiwanese Study Tour Love Boat

By Audrea Lim | September 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Borders and exclusion are the flip side of identity. They are all components of the question: “Who belongs?”

What’s on TV

By Angie Sijun Lou | September 14, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Mama runs inside to bang on the bathroom door and yell Chinese vocabulary words at me—yellow light, borrowed light, get in the car, open. I dip my head underwater so every word sounds like a vowel, oceanic and slow.

September Bookmarks: 22 New Books by Asian Writers

By Ernest Tjia and Wen Zhuang | September 13, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Salman Rushdie’s newest, Marie Lu’s anticipated sequel, Khaled Hosseini’s illustrated short, and Emily Yoon’s sharp-edged poetry.

Camp: A Special Issue of The Margins

By AAWW | September 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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A collection of essays, poems, and stories by Asian American writers that trouble, expand, and redefine the space of the camp

Cherrystone, For Us

By Andrea Juele | September 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Fingers caked with wet / rice break backs and bellies, / pluck gills, / scrape eggs, tear limbs / Tita takes our legs– / cracks them / under a glass jar for us. / We suck shells ’til twilight.

Carrying the Fire in the Windy City

By Kenji Kuramitsu | September 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A personal history of race and the American outdoors, from Chicago’s Red Summer to Japanese American incarceration

When the Moon is Your Mother’s Lost Comb: Two Poems by Asa Drake

By Asa Drake | September 4, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Woman who puts up her hair comb holds / up the sky. There is the legend and probably a lie.

Our Wholeness, Our Togetherness: A Conversation with Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Ross Gay

By Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay | August 29, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The poets talk creative collaboration, gardening, epistolary poetry, and the intimacy of sentences.

To Whom I Could Give This Pain: Three Poems by Lee Seong-Bok

By Lee Seong-Bok | August 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

From a crevice in a severed rock / birds with long beaks were tearing out earthworms. / My pain was without a wound / and in the bodies of the frayed, torn-out worms / there was no pain.

Literary Interventions: Women Translators on Women Writers They Dream of Translating

By AAWW | August 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Celebrate Women in Translation month by reading the work of under-translated women writers.

Still, Somehow: Two Poems by Hieu Minh Nguyen

By Hieu Minh Nguyen | August 21, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

because I love you, I will gut this distance / with nostalgia, because grief can taste of sugar if you run / your tongue along the right edge

This is Not the Dawn: Poetry of Partition

By AAWW | August 14, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Poets write back to the literature of Partition on its 71st anniversary

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.

Counting Tokens: Special Issues and the Theatre of Delay

By Yanyi | August 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On Poetry magazine’s trans and gender non-conforming poets issue and the costs of being included

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.

Apply: The Margins Fellowship 2019

By AAWW | August 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2019 Margins Fellowship.

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.

In Search of Roots: An Excerpt from Paper Sons

By Dickson Lam | July 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

With only the moonlight, we could barely see what we’d tag. All around my tag were faded names, names we didn’t bother to read in the dark—our graffiti forebears. One day, we too would be unread.

narrowed lust

By Inam Kang | July 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

i say i’ll be / dressless, skinless, curated / and pickled. i say i’ll give it / all up for a chance to be warm.

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.

You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else

By Dao Strom | July 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Mythologies have their way of explaining the basic human condition: that there will always be some where or thing you wish to get to or back to.

Wounded Elders: On Racial Identity and Reviewing

By Paisley Rekdal | July 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

What a review of Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds tells us about critics’ narrow perceptions of immigrant and war-affected identities

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.

From Plate to Page: An Interview with Lillian Li

By Crystal Hana Kim | June 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Lillian Li talks about immigrant sacrifice, humor, learning from Asian American literature, and her debut novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant.

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.

Where We Can Breathe Independently Together

By Kristina Huang | June 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

CUNY’s legacy, the limits and violence of Asian American success stories, and what’s at stake in the fight for accessible public education

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.

Camp: Call for Submissions

By AAWW | June 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We’re now accepting submissions to a new special issue of The Margins.

AAWW TV: 2017-2018 Margins Fellows & Mentors Reading

By AAWW | June 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Celebrate our third class of Margins fellows—Mariam Bazeed, Rami Karim, Kyle Lucia Wu, and Yanyi—and hear them read with mentors Alexander Chee, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rachel Zucker.

June Bookmarks: 20 New Books by Asian Writers

By Ashley Somwaru and Ernest Tjia | June 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

June brings the poetry of the Sri Lankan long durée, South Korean domestic thrillers, number one Chinese restaurants, and new myths of old Morocco.

Marianna’s Beauty Salon: Two Poems by Bushra Rehman

By Bushra Rehman | June 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The moon appears / the small clip of a nail a paring knife / a chalk mark / left to linger in the sky

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.

My Mother Tells Me About Lolo

By Marianne Chan | May 29, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We prayed for resurrections, / but the dead remain as memories that / seemed to shrink in the mind, / like an airplane appearing smaller / the further it gets from the ground.

A Beautiful Child

By Omar Sakr | May 22, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I should say kholo, my mother’s brother. / I should say umja, my father’s brother / so you know which branch of the tree to cut. Or / cherish.

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.

Introducing the 2018-2019 AAWW Margins Fellows

By AAWW | May 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

These four writers will spend the next year writing fiction about Iraq beyond war, creative nonfiction on diasporic women’s silences around trauma, memoir about legacies of abuse and the Cultural Revolution, and poetry of displacement and loss.

Litany for the Long Moment

By Mary-Kim Arnold | May 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

If I can learn its grammar and alphabet / hold its vocabulary in my mouth / then perhaps I can know something of history—my history.

AAWW TV: Robot Coda

By AAWW | May 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Margaret Rhee, Ching-In Chen, Seo-Young Chu and Mimi Mondal explore the intersections of love, race, and technology in their writing.

Sitting the Month

By Kristin Chang | May 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

These are all birth stories, but I will not tell you mine.

Face | Off

By Su Hwang | May 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Pipedream: / I wondered what it would be like to strip away / slit eyes—sick of assimilation; the debilitating / task of tireless reinvention.

May Bookmarks: 20 New Books by Asian Writers

By Ernest Tjia and Yasmin Adele Majeed | May 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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May brings Bollywood love poems, Hawaiian gothic fiction, and the literary legacy of indentured labor in the Caribbean.

AAWW TV: Translation/Migration Mixtape

By AAWW | May 3, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Janice Lobo Sapigao, Raquel Salas Rivera and Adeeba Talukder remix translation through love letters, laws, and binary code.

Canceled Texts: An Interview with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

By Rami Karim | May 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The artist and writer behind South/South talks experiments in social fiction, sharing the secrets of strangers, and writing fictional telegrams by Luis Buñuel.

A Woman May Not Be a Safe Place: Two Poems by Diana Khoi Nguyen

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | April 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

When I was born, my parents put me on a rug on the ground and stood / staring at me until the light outside dimmed and then there in the / darkening we three were quiet for a while

Sadakichi Hartmann, a “Missing Link” of American Poetry

By Floyd Cheung | April 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

How the Japanese American poet, art critic, and performer helped shape Modernist poetry as he brought Japanese poetic forms into English

Keeping Tabs: Through the Grapevine

By AAWW | April 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Confronting whiteness, the ghazal as an elegy to queerness, and talking to Valeria Luiselli about American immigration policy.

AAWW TV: Abdellah Taïa and Meena Alexander

By AAWW | April 26, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Belladonna* Collaborative, Brooklyn Public Library and Asian American Writer’s Workshop are proud to co-present Abdellah Taïa in conversation with poet and scholar Meena Alexander.

A Little Bit Like Worship: An Interview with Elaine Castillo

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | April 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of America is Not the Heart talks commemorating the mundane in fiction, writing about working class queer women, and re-claiming the Bay Area in her novel.

The New Song of Myself: An Interview with Jennifer Crandall

By Liz Hildreth and Jennifer Crandall | April 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Journalist Jennifer Crandall is re-claiming Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” through the voices and stories of the South.

Elegy Ending in the Sound of a Sewing Machine: Two Poems by Cindy Tran

By Cindy Tran | April 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I could live like this, I thought, lie here / and have my own kind of drifting blue.

The Poet’s Education

By Jenny Boully | April 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

That was the first time I knew that there must have been others out there, just like me, who were sad and lonely and just wanted some kind of beauty in their lives and maybe for a boy to love them.

April Bookmarks: 24 New Books by Asian Writers

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | April 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

April brings post-Fukushima dystopias, memoirs of the writing life, post-modern meditations on alienation, mythic novels of the Iranian revolution, and more.

Are You This or That?: An Interview with YZ Chin

By Mira T. Lee | April 18, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Though I Get Home talks writing against censorship, non-traditional “immigrant stories,” and writing a novel to think through her life.

Ten Enduring Statements from Lost or Forgotten Films

By John Yau | April 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We wonder if this is what heaven is like—an old movie theater with thick velvet curtains that part, as the lights dim and the naked cherubs peering down from the blue and gold ceiling vanish, like comets.

AAWW TV: The Body and Migration

By AAWW | April 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda and Celina Su grasp at a new vocabulary for grief, placelessness, and healing in their poetry.

Driving Lessons

By Michelle Tong | April 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I want to make / change and am ready / for new challenge. / I can stay between white white lines.

I Just Want to Write: An Interview with Wawa

By Tammy Lai-Ming Ho | April 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Hong Kong poet talks the Umbrella movement, being an outsider and an insider in Hong Kong, and how she translates the world.

Empty Altars

By Johanna Dong | April 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Văn An had neglected ritual, not realizing that this was a land now full of ghosts left too long unmoored. That there might be consequences for forgetting to fear.

Ars Poetica in a Dream Language

By Anni Liu | April 3, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I dream my mother / unravels / hair out of my mouth / in English / she asks me / to speak Chinese / coils the hair / into a dark gloss / whorled / in her palm

Keeping Tabs: War Stories

By AAWW | March 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

50 years after My Lai, 15 years after Iraq, how much can history really teach us about how we make decisions today?

Indigenous Species

By Khairani Barokka | March 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Hard to tell from your / Silence where you’re taking me. / But I’m guessing / It’s loin-deep in the place / Where they’re collapsing / Entire cosmologies into pulp and paper.

AAWW TV: Go Home! Launch

By AAWW | March 29, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Karissa Chen, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Chaya Babu, and Alexander Chee joined us at AAWW to celebrate Go Home!

Rewriting the Curry Book: A Conversation with Naben Ruthnum

By Rohan Kamicheril | March 29, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Curry talks forced nostalgia, the commodification of curry, and playing with the tropes of South Asian literature.

Another Portrait of Dad

By Sesshu Foster | March 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I saw him before he saw me, staring off at a distant point. When he fixed on my face as I crossed the yellow lawn, he recognized me and grinned.

recollect

By Lawrence Ypil | March 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

How do I tell you that I have done this before? / How to build a diorama of what I am not.

March Bookmarks: 18 New Books by Asian Writers

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | March 21, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

March is a month packed with Southern gothics, Partition diaries, postcards from the future, and books that re-map the universe.

Moments

By Ayesha Raees | March 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The floor broke apart / the tasbeeh into ninety / nine beady reflections / and my mother is still / able to fake a surprise / when she can’t locate / them all.

Cethu

By Nabila Najwa | March 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I keep the butts of my clove cigarettes in a candy tin. I pound it shut, hide it away. So it stays a secret.

Keeping Tabs: Songs of Ourselves

By AAWW | March 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Bob Dylan in China, womanhood beyond identity politics, and toughing it out in Cairo.

AAWW TV: Nerds in Love

By AAWW | March 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Weike Wang and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi read and discuss their compelling and unusual coming-of-age novels with Madhu Kaza.

in the end we are humanlike (Blade Runner 2049)

By Nina Powles | March 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I am the last of them—a woman with her own dreams, not salvaged from the cloud-based data lake that I created.

Deep End

By Kaitlin Chan | March 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I remember exactly where I was when I found out Ren Hang killed himself.

AAWW Staff Picks: Our Go Home! Reading List

By AAWW | March 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We’ve put together a round-up of books inspired by Go Home!, our new anthology of new Asian diasporic writing.

AAWW TV: The Shanghai Literary Review Launch

By AAWW | March 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Shanghai Literary Review editors and contributors talk about their creative process, translingual practice, and literary journal publication.

Ants Among Elephants

By Sujatha Gidla | March 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Satyam was all alone in a strange town with no one to ask for help. His family had made a mistake. They had been greedy. They wanted too much for their own good.

Family Perils: A Conversation with Yang Huang and Kirstin Chen

By Yang Huang | March 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Yang Huang and Kirstin Chen talk histories of the Cultural revolution, betrayal, and the importance of craft

Three Tongue Twisters: Poems by Duy Doan

By Duy Doan | March 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

One lover was bold and touched / me once behind a door, but it was her cousin / Vandie, the one who never looked at me, that I loved. // One lover was kind, so kind, in kissing / me at all.

Keeping Tabs: Manifest Dissent

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

North Korean poetry, slavery and life insurance, and the photography of Japanese incarceration.

AAWW TV: North Korean Stories

By AAWW | March 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Against the mainstream imaginary of North Korea as irretrievably unknowable, Krys Lee and Barbara Demick discuss what it means to tell and imagine stories from there.

American Dystopia: An Interview with Omar El Akkad

By Zaina Arafat | February 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The American War author and journalist talks climate change fiction, writing in the age of Trump, and reinventing America in his novel.

40 Years: Poems by Rami Karim

By Rami Karim | February 27, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Older immigrants talk as if Reagan invited them to dinner. / The dream never showed, but we can paint chain link white.

Keeping Tabs: Constellations

By AAWW | February 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The making of a Muslim intellectual, remembering Asma Jahangir, and the urbanization of Chinese fiction.

Witness

By Krystal A. Sital | February 22, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

She felt her frozen image splitting, cracking a webbed pattern over her. She fell like shards of ice and glass sprinkling, twinkling, and shattering like diamond rain upon her mother.

Journey for Justice: A Conversation with Gayle Romasanta and Dawn Mabalon

By Gayle Romasanta | February 21, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Writers Gayle Romasanta and Dawn Mabalon are on a mission to write the first Filipino American history book for children.

All About the Birds

By Li-Young Lee | February 20, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

They might spend most of their days in the sky, / but every evening they remember / to come back to earth.

February Bookmarks: 11 New Books from Asian Writers

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | February 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Li-Young Lee grapples with God, Kim Fu goes to summer camp, Krystal A. Sital uncovers family secrets, and more.

AAWW TV: Personal In The Political

By AAWW | February 16, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Hala Alyan, Hayan Charara and Marwa Helal explore the boundaries between personal and political, as well as what a home looks like amidst conditions of war and displacement.

Dreams and Divination

By Xiao Yue Shan | February 13, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I lay my head down on a pillow pilled / with characters, yellow tracks and traces / of the name I was given.

Baby Doll

By Zhu Yue | February 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The doll stares at its owner, eyes sparkling with cruelty. It wakes the baby up, hands her the toy block. The baby, as though possessed, crams the toy in her mouth.

The Poetry of Chosen Families

By Catherine Chen | February 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In their new poetry collections, Chen Chen and Eunsong Kim offer up new possibilities for kinship and survival.

Keeping Tabs: Truth Still Denied

By | February 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Remembering the Pulse nightclub shooting, Liu Jian’s latest film, the coded gaze of art history, and more. We also continue our Black History Month series.

Creating As You Go: An Interview with Mira T. Lee

By Angie Kim | February 7, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Everything Here is Beautiful speaks about sisterhood, refusing categorization, and writing about mental health.

After Félix Resurrección Hidalgo’s Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho

By Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. | February 6, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The usual / drama of chiaroscuro, / how it begins / in medias res for the sake / of the viewer.

Paint by Numbers

By Sung Yim | February 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I am tempted to reframe the flashing atrocities of memory and imbue them with significance—to stave off the cold trickle of fear like germs in the abstract.

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.

AAWW TV: Race, Music, Ghost Stories

By AAWW | February 1, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Margo Jefferson, Hari Kunzru, and Kevin Nguyen talk cultural appropriation, how race haunts America, and pop music’s complicated legacies.

AAWW TV: Searching for Home

By AAWW | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Dina Nayeri, Rami Karim, Alia Malek, and Roja Heydarpour discuss the complex nature of home: a place that elusively remains in flux through return and exile.

AAWW TV: Apocalyptic Premonitions

By AAWW | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Viet Dinh, Oki Sogumi and Janani Balasubramanian talk about care work and connections amidst premonitions of disaster and ecological collapse.

Portraits of Mao

By Faye Yan Zhang | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

For some reason, all of Warhol’s portraits show Mao from an angle that reveals only one of the Chairman’s ears.

Science, Fiction: An Interview with Weike Wang

By Kyle Lucia Wu | January 31, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of Chemistry talks mad scientists, model minority, and defending your imagination as a writer of color.

Hiding Skin

By Hazem Fahmy | January 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Studio Era music makes me want to dress fancy and pretty; leave the house in gorgeous armor, but I know too well the earth’s hunger and I will not satisfy it. Today I leave my house and I make sure no one can call me faggot.

Following the Path to Water

By Humera Afridi | January 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Three NYC imams, the Aegean sea, and one writer’s passage toward a new relation to faith

January Bookmarks

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | January 26, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Radical Taiwanese American poetry, Yasunari Kawabata’s final manuscript, a novel of the Sri Lankan refugee crisis, and more.

AAWW TV: Stubborn Dirty Snow

By AAWW | January 25, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Can Xue, the foremost—and coolest—writer of the Chinese avant-garde makes a rare appearance in New York alongside Porochista Khakpour.

Announcing Spring 2018 Workshops

By AAWW | January 24, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Do you want to write while developing a community of writers of color? We’re offering master classes and multi-session workshops from nine talented instructors.

Filipino time

By Janelle Marie Salanga | January 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

but really every word sounds like the sun/ sweltering in the middle of Santacruzan

In Search of Harmony

By Gary Singh | January 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Half-punk, half-easy listening, half-anti-authoritarian troublemaker, half-cheesy lounge music wannabe, how straddling two cultures has shaped my creative life

Keeping Tabs: At the Peephole

By AAWW | January 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Love poems by Li-Young Lee, Belal Mobarak re-maps Queens in poetry, and Nuar Alsadi stands at the peephole.

AAWW TV: The Poetics of Haunting

By AAWW | January 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Poets Jane Wong, Carlina Duan, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Muriel Leung explore the ways histories impact the work of Asian American writing across time and space.

Tearing Down White Supremacy: Takiyah Thompson and Loan Tran

By Nina Macapinlac | January 11, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Two Durham-based activists talk about pulling down Confederate statues, the poetry of displacement and war, and the sustained work behind every protest

Literature as a Third Eye

By Hideo Furukawa | January 10, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Having two eyes prevents us from simplifying things, from seeing everything around us two-dimensionally. I guess you could say that seeing through two eyes is what makes us human.

I Wore My Blackest Hair: Two Poems by Carlina Duan

By Carlina Duan | January 9, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I was her American / daughter, my tongue / my hardest muscle / forced to swallow / a muddy alphabet.

Keeping Tabs: Writing Authentically

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | January 5, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Chinese novelist in exile, the impossibility of authenticity in immigrant lit, Kristi Yamaguchi, unlaced, and more.

Body, Reconfigurations, glass

By Teng Qian Xi | January 2, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The world held us / In glass circles

Sea Mothers

By Janet Hong | December 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

My child, we all become white-haired soon enough.

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.

AAWW Staff Picks: Best of 2017

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

From Anelise Chen’s experimental autofiction to Bao Phi’s explosive poetry, the AAWW staff shares their favorite books they read in 2017

A Poetry of Deranged Witness: Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War

By Sukjong Hong | December 20, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

What gets lost in translation in the myth of American benevolence during the Korean War

which orientation with sea

By Nhã Thuyên | December 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

i have seen the line at the bottom of sky crack glimmers of clear light

Writing the Families We Want: An Interview with Chen Chen

By Yanyi | December 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Poet Chen Chen talks finding your family, queer Asian American poetry, and Journey to the West.

AAWW TV: Muslim Cool

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

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Zain Alam, Yunique A. Saafir, and Muna Mire investigate the ways young Muslims fight state power.

A History-to-Come of Helmbrellas: Their Features and Fates

By Norman Erikson Pasaribu | December 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Think about it: if rain accumulating above someone / resumes descent, where does it fall?

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.

This is Not a Poem About My Mother

By Sreshtha Sen | December 12, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I tell C no one loves me like a mother would. / C says no one loves a fragile queer. I choke / on the thread as it slices words out:/ Say Ma say Mother America say Mother India say love me like a mother won’t.

Rainless Town – Monologue

By Li Zishu | December 6, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

From its very beginning this story is fated to be exposed by the light.

16 Writers on Their Favorite Translated Titles from Across Asia

By The Transpacific Literary Project | December 1, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In an increasingly divided world, translated literature brings us closer together. As the year draws to a close, we asked some of our favorite writers, editors, and translators for their recommendations.

November Bookmarks: 13 New Books by Asian Diasporic Writers

By Yasmin Majeed | November 30, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Leftist Singaporean fiction, experimental love poems to robots, reimagining the Vietnam War, and more.

AAWW TV: Refugee Requiem

By AAWW | November 30, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Patrick Rosal, Bao Phi, and Sokunthary Svay confront nationalist mythology with lyrical odes to the America we struggle against, and the one being built through struggle.

Stories: To My Grandfather

By Zhu Zhu | November 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘These were / all the gold coins that he laid by in a life of poverty, / saved up in the vault of his mind’

Living Inside That Sound: Two Poems by Natalie Wee

By Natalie Wee | November 28, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I remember / 亲爱的 / back then / how you robed / yourself in tall grass / & earthed your flesh / how your waiting / shrunk soldiers’ bayonets

Ashok and Aparna Spice Up the Neighborhood

By Ashok Kondabolu | November 27, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Comedian Aparna Nancherla talks standup, battling anxiety, and pushing the envelope as a woman of color in comedy

Old Goats, New Villages

By ZH Liew | November 22, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Animals are strangely perceptive—in their instinct to survive, they find a home

Three Poems from The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi

By Yanyi | November 21, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘What I / am—I’ve gone further than gambling, drug addiction, death— / I’ve killed the image of her daughter.’

Returning Home In My Own Way

By Park Wan-suh | November 17, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Nobody can stop things if they want to go back to their roots.

Coffee Diplomacy

By Nancy Agabian | November 17, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A quest for Armenian coffee in the inauguration’s aftermath led one writer to ask, how much of ourselves do we need to let go in order to see ourselves in others?

AAWW TV: Data, Poetry, Trauma

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

Paisley Rekdal, Yanyi and Soyoung Yoon bring together nonfiction, brain science, trauma theory, poetry, and data visualization together to explore intergenerational trauma.

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.

The Debt of Fish and Ant

By The Transpacific Literary Project | November 14, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

When the tide rises, it is easy for the fish to prey on the ant, but when it ebbs, the fish becomes the ant’s prey.

In Two Days

By Siavash Saadlou | November 13, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Shayan closed his eyes and played for a couple of minutes. His touch was impeccable. His timing was flawless. His body movements were graceful. He ended on a C flat with his eyes still closed.’

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.

Koh Su

By Puthut EA | November 8, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

All my early life was tied up in tales of nasi goreng.

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.’

So blonde

By Leah Silvieus | October 31, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

‘Mine: thick & black, so coarse / when trimmed, the ends splintered / bare feet.’

The Experiment of the Tropics

By Lawrence Lacambra Ypil | October 31, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

That American thing · The good old good

AAWW TV: Tourism in Literature

By AAWW | October 26, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative?

Bei Dao’s Books in the Attic

By Bei Dao | October 25, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Suppressed sexual violence in the name of revolution lay in the abyss of our consciousness.

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.

AAWW TV: Lola’s House

By AAWW | October 19, 2017 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

M. Evelina Galang tells the story of sixteen surviving Filipino comfort women in her new book, Lola’s House.

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