Past Events

The Foley Artist Book Launch: A Reading & Pinoy Party

with Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Jessica Hagedorn, Sarah Gambito, Joseph O. Legaspi, & music by Gary Gabison

Join us for a raucous reading & celebration of Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s debut collection of stories, The Foley Artist. Co-sponsored by Gaudy Boy and Kundiman. RSVP HERE! $5 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations go to AAWW public programs. The Asian American Workshop is a national nonprofit dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is.. MORE

Fri, October 4, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Launch Reading for Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

with Anu Taranath, Bani Amor, Julia MIchiko Hori, & Nadia Misir

What does it mean to care about others in an unequal world? If some of us will always have more opportunity and privilege than others based on wealth, race, and education, what then does global solidarity mean? Whether we're traveling abroad or much closer to home, it's hard to ignore the politics of identity and inequality. Showcasing her new book Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, Dr... MORE

Wed, October 2, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Barrelhouse Presents: The Future of Desi Literature

with Abeer Hoque, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Sarah Thankam Mathews, & Kamil Ahsan

This is a multi-media event featuring the artists and writers of Barrelhouse’s special Desi issue: Road Trips, which put forth an eclectic and diverse range of short fiction art from avant-garde, graphic short stories, Gothic, speculative fiction, philosophical fiction, erotica, and historical fiction. Join us for a reading & discussion centering the possibilities and future of Desi literature. Contributors to the issue either live in or have ancestry from Bangladesh,.. MORE

Fri, September 20, 2019 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart: Book Launch

with R. Zamora Linmark & Gina Apostol

Join us to celebrate the launch of the ground-breaking, genre-bending Asian American Writers’ Workshop favorite R. Zamora Linmark for his debut YA novel, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WILDE AT HEART. This effortlessly diverse LGBTQ + romance has a cast of characters varying in sexuality, race, and gender, all brought to life with sensitivity and ease. RSVP! $5 Suggested Donation at the Door. All donations go to AAWW public programs. The.. MORE

Thu, September 19, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

A Mingle with 2019 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Winners

with The Common, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, The Margins, and The Offing

Free drinks and snacks while they last! Come out for drinks, snacks, and a short program of literary divination hosted by Whiting Literary Magazine Prize winners The Common, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, The Margins (Asian American Writers Workshop), and The Offing. Contributing authors will attempt to answer your deepest and most heartfelt questions about love, money, and the future by citing lines from their work. Stick around to mingle.. MORE

Thu, September 19, 2019 6:00pm
LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon BLVD
Long Island City, NY 11101

Transnational Sci Fi: A Border-Crossing, Otherworldly Reading & Discussion

with Alice Sola Kim, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, & Ruoxi Chen

In 2019, two groundbreaking transnational Sci Fi anthologies were published, Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Sci Fi (Kaya Press) & The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (Hachette India). Join sci fi authors Alice Sola Kim and Nur Nasreen Ibrahim in discussion with Editor Ruoxi Chen and more for a reading from these books, their own work, and discussion of the new frontiers of Sci Fi. .. MORE

Tue, September 17, 2019 7:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

When the Chant Comes Anniversary, Reading #2: Celebrate 3 Years of QTBIPOC Poetry & Storytelling!

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Joshunda Sanders, Moncho Alvarado, & Jasmine Reid

Join us to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of the release of poetry book, When The Chant Comes by Kay Ulanday Barrett. Consider this a night of bravado and poignant poems that invite a plethora of Queer and BIPOC ingenuity to the stage. A ruckus of evening you don't want to miss! RSVP HERE! $5 Suggested Donation No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations go.. MORE

Fri, September 13, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Colonize This! Book Launch: A Reading

with Sayeeda Copeland, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jamilah King, Sandra Kumwong, Andrea L. Pino-Silva, Almas Sayeed, Taigi Smith, Amber Taylor, Daisy Hernández, Bushra Rehman, & Music by DJ Rekha

Join us for the book launch of the NEW edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism! The NEW edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism! is a protest to the current political regime in our country. It is a response to the deportations of immigrant families, to the relentless killing of black people by police officers, and to the media outlets that.. MORE

Fri, August 16, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W 27th Street Suite 600
New York, NY 10001,

Home Is....? An Open City Fellows Reading

with Hannah Bae, Syma Mohammed, Maryam Mir, Astha Rajvanshi, Mohamad Saleh and Nora Salem

Join us for a special reading with the Open City Fellows. We’ll hear from Neighborhood Fellows Hannah Bae, Syma Mohammed, and Astha Rajvanshi, who have been documenting the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it has being lived on the streets of New York right now; and our Muslim Communities fellows, Maryam Mir, Mohamad Saleh, and Nora Salem, who have been writing on the city's Muslim American and Arab American communities over the.. MORE

Thu, June 27, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

CRAFT TALK & READING: very peak summer solstice (vpss)

with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Stephanie George, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen

Join us for a very special event this summer solstice. Presented by ISSUE Project Room 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Benedict Nguyen, very peak summer solstice (vpss) features performer and performance maker Fana Fraser, poet Jasmine Gibson, dancer and choreographer Annie Heath, and poet Sokunthary Svay. This is their second program in soft bodies in hard places, a platform of trans-disciplinary events circling planetary events over 2019. very peak summer solstice.. MORE

Tue, June 18, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Searching for Sylvie Lee

with Lisa Ko, Jean Kwok, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Join us for a special celebration of Jean Kwok’s new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee, which follows how three women--two sisters and their mother--in a Chinese immigrant family react when the eldest daughter disappears. Julie Otsuka calls it “A heartbreaking, tumultuous ride of a novel that upends our expectations—about family loyalty, cultural identity and the very nature of love itself—at every twist and turn.” She’ll be joined by National Book.. MORE

Tue, June 11, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Margins Fellows & Mentors Reading

with Zena Agha, Ava Chin, Sonya Chung, Pik-Shuen Fung, Jen Lue, Hasanthika Sirisena, Ayesha Raees, and Monica Youn

    The Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Margins fellowship was first established in 2014, as a part of AAWW’s 25 year tradition of incubating emerging writers of color. Every year since, we have awarded four writers a year-long fellowship that provides them with financial support, publication opportunities, work space, mentorship, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts. Come celebrate five years of the Margins fellowship with our 2018-19 fellows—Zena Agha,.. MORE

Thu, June 6, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St, # 600
New York City, NY 10001

New Work by Queer Lebanese Writers

with Andrea Abi-Karam and Jennifer Camper

Join us for a special event featuring queer Lebanese writers Andrea Abi-Karam and Jennifer Camper. Selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Kelsey Street Prize, Abi-Karam’s new poetry book EXTRATRANSMISSION is a critique of nationalism, patriarchy, and gender embedded in an explosive trauma narrative. The creator of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference, Jennifer Camper is the author of Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ,.. MORE

Wed, May 29, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Asian American Classics

with Alexander Chee, Jessica Hagedorn, & Hua Hsu

**Please note: due to an administrative error, this event was originally posted as taking place on May 24th-- this event takes place on May 23rd. Join us for a celebration of four canonical Asian American texts! Whiting Award-winner Alexander Chee reads from East Goes West, Younghill Kang’s 1937 picaresque satire about a Shakespeare-loving Korean immigrant’s sojourn through America. National Book Award Finalist Jessica Hagedorn shares a passage from Carlos Bulosan’s.. MORE

Thu, May 23, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

The Collected Schizophrenias

with Esmé Weijun Wang & Larissa Pham

Join us for a special reading and conversation by novelist Esmé Weijun Wang, whose bestselling new essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias (Gray Wolf 2019) is a “riveting, honest, and courageously allows for complexities in the reality of what living with illness is like” (NPR). Don’t miss this nuanced discussion of mental health with Wang, a Whiting Award-winner named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. She’ll be in conversation with.. MORE

Thu, May 9, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Asian American Melancholia & Dissociation

with David L. Eng, Shinhee Han

Academic David L. Eng and psychotherapist Shinhee Han first met in the mid-1990s when they were brought together by their collective sorrow by a spate of student suicides at Columbia University. Don’t miss this special discussion of their new book, Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation (Duke University Press 2019), which explores the psychic trauma of Asian American young adults from Generation X to Generation Y who they associate respectively with melancholia.. MORE

Tue, May 7, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Armenian Genocide Remembrance

with Christopher Janigian, Lola Koundakjian, Nancy Agabian, Raffi Joe Wartanian, Alina Gregorian

Join us for a special reading marking Armenian Genocide Remembrance day, the annual holiday to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Organized by poet Alina Gregorian, this night of remembrance features Lambda and PEN finalist Nancy Agabian, poet Christopher Janigian, poet Lola Koundakjian, and nonfiction writer and musician Raffi Joe Wartanian. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Nancy Agabian is the author of.. MORE

Wed, April 24, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Guernica Magazine's "Climate Fiction": A Special Issue

with Helen Phillips, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Nathan Kensinger, Ken Chen, Karen Holmberg, Eugenia Kisin, Jerome Whitington, & Amy Brady

Co-sponsored by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Climate Working Group and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Asian American Writer’s Workshop. “These stories exemplify the genre of ‘climate fiction,’ or ‘cli-fi,’ by exploring what the world might become if climate change continues unabated. Its roots are in science fiction, but here, it’s tinged, beautifully so, with realism and the supernatural. At its best, cli-fi conjures, spell-like, meditative spaces in which.. MORE

Mon, April 22, 2019 7:00pm
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

An Evening with Han Kang

with Han Kang and E. Tammy Kim

Join us for a rare American visit by Han Kang, one of the most prominent novelists in contemporary world literature. Han’s first book, The Vegetarian (Hogarth 2016)--a phantasmagoric fable about a wife whose carnivorous renunciation disrupts her marriage in ways whose consequences are ultimately grotesque--won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, her newest book, The White Book (Hogarth 2019), a woman at.. MORE

Thu, April 18, 2019 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Year of Blue Water: Book Launch

with Yanyi, Wo Chan, Erica Hunt, and Monica Youn

Join us for the launch of The Year of Blue Water, the debut poetry collection from Yanyi, the 2018 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets and an AAWW Margins Fellow. Intimate to the reader, elusive to the colonizer, the book creates a space of integration of variegated selves—an intellectual self, a queer self, a trans self, a Chinese self, an immigrant self, all of which share a kind.. MORE

Fri, April 12, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

Memory Vessels

with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Jenifer Sang Eun Park, Hai Dang-Phan, Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, and Kaitlin Rees

Have you ever held a beloved object--say, an old photograph or a faded letter--and found yourself transported back into a space of memory? Join us for a reading featuring four poets exploring the the vessels that carry us across the waters of memory. We’ll celebrate the two winners of Singapore Unbound’s Gaudy Boy Poetry Prize: Jenifer Sang Eun Park, whose Autobiography of Horse will change the way you think about.. MORE

Thu, April 4, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Works of Justice, Publishing Power: Liberating Great Work

with Daniel Gross, Randall Horton, Mitchell S. Jackson, Kathy Belden, Tim O'Connell, & Eli Hager

In addressing the impact of mass incarceration, there is an increasing need to center the voices of those directly impacted—not only as experts, but as integrated contributors. But for writers in prison, access to participation in the literary community is limited by not only stigma and physical restriction, but financial barriers, lack of technology, and censorship. For those who manage to publish against the odds, publicity efforts require creative strategy when.. MORE

Wed, April 3, 2019 7:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby
New York, NY 10012

Literaoke at AWP 2019 in Portland, OR

with Esmé Weijun Wang, Andres Cerpa, Shayla Lawson, Mimi Lok, Adeeba Talukdar, Sokunthary Svay, Yanyi, and more

It’s time for another epic evening of singing, reading, and joy! AAWW is teaming up with Kaya Press, Kundiman, AALR, and the Smithsonian APA Center to bring Literaoke to AWP in Portland. SATURDAY MARCH 30TH AT CHOPSTICKS KARAOKE BAR.. MORE

Sat, March 30, 2019 7:00pm
Chopsticks Karaoke Bar
3390 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

AAWW @ AWP: Bona Fide Relationships

with Zaina Arafat, Hazem Fahmy, Raad Rahman, and Sobia Khan

Through their prose and poetry, writers reflect on the idea of the ”bona fide relationship”—the term the Supreme Court used in 2017 to grant an exception on President Trump’s travel ban. Who counts as close family in the eyes of the state? How do our relationships transcend those recognized by the court? These readings shed light on the ways that individual writers and communities wrestle with an ongoing effort to undermine their sense of belonging... MORE

Sat, March 30, 2019 12:00pm
Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, D139-140
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

AAWW @ AWP: Poets vs. Community vs. History

with Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Yanyi, Emily Jungmin Yoon, E.J. Koh, Monica Sok

For Asian American poets, what is the relationship between bearing witness to history and giving voice to marginalized communities? Four writers talk about how their work as poets, editors, translators, and scholars allows them to uncover intimacies among seemingly disparate colonial histories and contextualize narratives of intergenerational trauma. They draw on multidisciplinary practices to explore how the individual pursuits of poets can build empathy and community. Moderated by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Yanyi, Emily Jungmin Yoon, E.J. Koh, Monica Sok... MORE

Fri, March 29, 2019 4:30pm
Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, B116
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

AAWW @ AWP: Book signing

with Emily Jungmin Yoon

We’re hosting a book signing for Margins Poetry Editor Emily Jungmin Yoon at booth #6000 from 12:00PM to 12:30PM on Friday March 29. Come meet Emily and get your copy of her collection A Cruelty Special to Our Species signed... MORE

Fri, March 29, 2019 12:00pm
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

Center Justify: An AWP Offsite Event

with Thi Bui, Douglas Kearney, Marwa Helal, Trevino Brings Plenty, Nina Sharma, Aimee Phan, Gabrielle Civil, and more

CENTER JUSTIFY: An #AWP19 OFFSITE EXTRAVAGANZA At PSU Native American Student and Community Center 710 SW Jackson St, Portland, Oregon 97201   There will be readings! There will be unforgettable performances! There will be camaraderie! And there will be dinner! (meat + vegan DUMPLINGS & FRIED CHICKEN from XLB) Come early for food!   This event is co-sponsored by: - The Accomplices (Civil Coping Mechanisms, Entropy, Writ Large Press) - Asian American Writers' Workshop - De-Canon: A Visibility.. MORE

Thu, March 28, 2019 7:00pm
Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson St
Portland, Oregon 97201

AAWW @ AWP: Asian American Caucus

with Asian American Writers' Workshop, Kaya, Kundiman, the Asian American Literary Review, Kearny Street, Hyphen, & Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center

What does it mean to steward Asian American literature, organizationally, collectively, and individually. This fourth annual Asian American Caucus is a town hall-style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources available to support you. Organized by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Kaya, Kundiman, the Asian American Literary Review, Kearny Street, Hyphen, and Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center.    .. MORE

Thu, March 28, 2019 6:00pm
Oregon Convention Center, Level One, E147-148
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

AAWW @ AWP: Bookfair

with Kaya Press, the Asian American Literary Review, & World Stage Press

We are going to be at booth #6000 at the AWP Bookfair, all conference long! We'll be sharing space and hanging out with our friends Kaya Press, the Asian American Literary Review, and World Stage Press. Come by and say hi!.. MORE

Wed, March 27, 2019 1:00pm to Sat, March 30, 2019 1:00pm
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

MAGNOLIA SEASON: Building your creative toolkit

with Larissa Pham

Six Sessions, 2.5 hours (6:30PM-9PM) Tuesdays, March 26th - April 30th Fees & Payment Options: $325 General/$295 Member (JOIN THE FANCLUB!) Registration Deadline: March 19th *This is a small class. Please apply through the link below if you are interested. Please complete this application. We will notify you if you are accepted into the class. Why you should take this class: Do you know what you want to say, but you’re not sure how to.. MORE

Tue, March 26, 2019 6:30pm to Tue, April 30, 2019 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St., STE. 600
New York, NY 10001

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers

with Amy Quan Barry, Matty Huynh, Violet Kupersmith, Thanhha Lai, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vu Tran, Monique Truong, Abbigail N. Rosewood, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Mimi Khúc, and Isabelle Thuy Pelaud

Co-presented by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In the Summer of 2018, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invited writers from the US, Canada, Australia, France, and Indonesia to California to participate in a writing residency, foster the Vietnamese literary community, and stage a series of conversations. This spring, in New York, those conversations continue in front of a live.. MORE

Sat, March 23, 2019 5:30pm
The People's Forum
320 W 37th St.
New York, NY 10018

Visual Breaks

with Joey de Jesus, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Aldrin Valdez

How can poets of color use visual art, photos, and sound to explore absences in language? Come through for a reading featuring three multidisciplinary poets whose work embodies multiple genres of art, translation, and sound. Come see award-winning poet Diana Khoi Nguyen, whose debut collection Ghost Of was a finalist for the National Book Award. She’ll be joined by painter-poet Aldrin Valdez, author of the newly released ESL or You Weren’t.. MORE

Thu, March 21, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Marathon Reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee

with John Cha, Yong Soon Min, Lawrence Rinder, Ken Chen, and more

Join us for a marathon reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's avant-garde classic, Dictee, organized by Sarah Schulman at Performance Space New York. Featuring Theresa's brother John Cha, Yong Soon Min, Lawrence Rinder, Ken ChenNuar Alsadir, Lee Ann Brown, Alexander Chee, Ava Chin, Kandice Chuh, Una Chung, Monika Gagnon, Erica Cho, Cathy Park Hong, Patricia Spears Jones, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Mia Kang, Myung Mi Kim, Catherine Lord, Stefanie Mar, Tracie.. MORE

Sun, March 17, 2019 1:00pm
Performance Space New York
150 First Ave, 4th Floor
New York, NY

Kain Na Tayo! Meditation on Filipinx Food

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sarah Gambito, Jessica Hagedorn & Ligaya Mishan

Have you ever written a recipe that turned out to be a love poem? Does your aunties’ fervor for seafood on sale feel like a hell-raising occasion of resistance? Join us for a meditation of Filipinx food and the immigrant experience with four romantic, melancholic, and witty gastronomical pinxys. We’ll hear from poet and Kundiman cofounder Sarah Gambito, whose part verse, part recipe collection Loves You forms a.. MORE

Thu, February 21, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Sea of Mirrors

with Kim Hyesoon, Don Mee Choi and Jeffrey Yang

Join us for an evening of Korean poetry in translation with Kim Hyesoon, a groundbreaking feminist poet and one of the most influential contemporary poets of South Korea. Her latest poetry collection, The Autobiography of Death, is a breathtaking collective elegy inspired by the Sewol Ferry Disaster of April 2014, and a narration performed as a sea of mirrors, summoning Korea's ghosts and roaming spirits. She’ll be in conversation with Korean-American poet Don Mee Choi,.. MORE

Fri, February 15, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Insurrecto!

with Gina Apostol and Sabina Murray

***THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED FROM 1/31. THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON 2/07*** Join us for a reading with Gina Apostol to celebrate her latest work of fiction, Insurrecto, a tour de force about about the Philippines’ past and present told through rivaling scripts from an American filmmaker and her Filipino translator. The book was one of the New York Times’ Editor’s Choices for 2018 and won comparisons to Nabokov and.. MORE

Thu, February 7, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Invasive species Launch Party

with Marwa Helal, Sahar Romani, and Belal Mobarak

Is immigration your second language? Join us for a celebration of poet Marwa Helal’s debut collection Invasive species, a bold collection that pokes holes in the English of immigration officials, lols at the false expertise of Western commentators on the Middle East — and asks for nothing less than a re-examination of how we read. We’ll hear from Marwa as well as poets Sahar Romani and Belal Mobarak. Come to.. MORE

Wed, January 23, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

How We Talk about Prison: Rewriting the Language of Incarceration

with Nicole R. Fleetwood, Madhu Kaza, Sarah Wang, Aviva Stahl & Daniel A. Gross

There are enough people in American prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers to populate a country. And like a country, American incarceration has its own language. There's the technocratic and euphemistic language of the state—offender, felon, illegal immigrant, detainee, parolee. There's also the language that the incarcerated use to describe their own position in a system of confinement—captive, prisoner, migrant, refugee, returning citizen. At the Asian American Writers' Workshop, we'll.. MORE

Wed, January 16, 2019 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

AAWW FAM: Critical Resistance NYC Card Writing Party

with Critical Resistance

Every year in the wintertime, Critical Resistance New York City sends a note of solidarity, hope, and encouragement to all of the 1,500+ subscribers of The Abolitionist newspaper that are currently locked up in jails, detention centers, and prisons on the east coast. This year, we invite you to join us at the Asian American Writers' Workshop to send cards across prison walls to our people! We will also have.. MORE

Sun, December 16, 2018 1:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

The Caregiver: Remembering Sam Park

with Alexander Chee, Eugene Lim, Mitchell Kuga, T Kira Madden, and Daniel K Isaac

Join us for an event to honor the work and legacy of the queer Korean American novelist Samuel Park, whose novel The Caregiver was released posthumously this past fall. A panel of queer and Asian American writers featuring by Alexander Chee, T. Kira Madden, Mitchell Kuga, Eugene Lim and Daniel K. Isaac, will read from The Caregiver, and celebrate and discuss Sam’s final novel. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION |.. MORE

Thu, December 13, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Decolonial Poetics

with Zaina Alsous, Jasmine Gibson & Asiya Wadud

What is the noise of people outside of the state? Come hear three writers share their poetry of clandestine resistance and insurgency across borderlands, from post-Katrina New Orleans and Flint, Michigan to Palestine, and the Mediterranean. We’re excited to host a visit from the out-of-town poet and 2019 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize Winner Zaina Alsous, who will share her work on freedom dreams and Palestine. Poet Jasmine Gibson will read from.. MORE

Thu, December 6, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY, NY 10001

AAWW FAM: "Call Her Ganda" Film Screening and Talk

with PJ Raval

Call Her Ganda follows the tragic murder of Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transgender woman by a U.S. marine, the community organizing and effort that brought her murderer to justice - and the role that the long US-Philippine relationship played in this. Amidst a media storm and police inquiry, as Jennifer’s family copes with their loss, three women intimately invested in the case, pursue justice—taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperial rule.. MORE

Tue, November 27, 2018 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY, NY 10001

Dissent and Resistance in Bangladesh

with Salil Tripathi, Jennifer Chowdhury, and Kavitha Rajagopalan

Nov 15th is The Day of the Imprisoned Writer, and Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam remains incarcerated. Join author Salil Tripathi and journalist Jennifer Chowdhury in conversation with The Polis Project as they shed light on the political, and historical events that have led to the current crisis in Bangladesh and the systemic crushing of dissent in larger South Asia. Moderated by Kavitha Rajagopalan. RSVP HERE This event is organized by The.. MORE

Fri, November 16, 2018 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY , NY 10001

Slow Magic: Writing the Lyric Sentence

with Larissa Pham

Six Sessions, 2.5 hours (6:30PM-9PM) Mondays, November 12 - December 17 Fees & Payment Options: $325 General/$295 Member (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) *This is a small class. Please apply through the link below if you are interested. Please complete this application. We will notify you if you are accepted into the class. Registration Deadline: November 5. Why you should take this class: It’s easy to believe that there’s a kind of magic to writing—an.. MORE

Mon, November 12, 2018 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Crossing Korea

with Eugenia Kim, Alice Stephens, and Julayne Lee

Join us for a reading with three Korean diasporic writers whose work spans memoir, poetry, and fiction to look at the legacy of the Korean War and the life of Korean adoptees in the United States. Eugenia Kim will read The Kinship of Secrets, a riveting story two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the.. MORE

Thu, November 8, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Worskhop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Comics & Friendship

with Aminder Dhaliwal, Megan Nicole Dong and Anne Ishii

Come hear two storytellers who became friends while working in animation and are releasing absurdist graphic novels based off popular web comics: internet sensation Aminder Dhaliwal, whose debut graphic novel Woman World started off an an infectiously funny instagram comic about a group of women who gab and hang out in a post apocalyptic future where men are extinct, and Megan Nicole Dong, whose Sharky Malarkey follows the travails of.. MORE

Thu, November 1, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture

with Gaiutra Bahadur, Rajiv Mohabir, & Grace Aneiza Ali

UPDATE: Please note the new location. This program will now take place at the NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center located at 53 Washington Square South. While conducting research for her book Coolie Woman, Gaiutra Bahadur (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU) came across Lal Bihari Sharma’s Holi Songs of Demerara, the only known literary work written by an indentured laborer in the Anglophone Caribbean. She passed the songbook,.. MORE

Mon, October 29, 2018 6:30pm
NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Political Fiction

with Preti Taneja, Chaya Bhuvaneswar & Megha Majumdar

Join us for a reading with two South Asian diasporic writers who both have published ambitious and energizing new works of political fiction. Novelist and journalist Preti Taneja will read from her debut novel, We That Are Young, a modern-day rendition of King Lear in which a family dynasty implodes amidst the Indian anti-corruption riots of 2011. The Guardian calls the book “a page-turner that’s also unabashedly political – with.. MORE

Thu, October 25, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY, NY

Memoir & Oral History: Telling Elders’ Stories

with Fay Hoh Yin, Monona Yin, Huiying B. Chan, and Eveline Chao

How do we document our first-generation elders’ histories, and the stories of the vanishing communities they grew up in? Join us for a special event with Chinese-American writers who use an innovative mix of memoir, oral history, and intergenerational storytelling to do just that. We’ll hear a special presentation from 86-year-old author Fay Hoh Yin, who began writing about three generations of her trailblazing family over 20 years ago but.. MORE

Wed, October 24, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Care Work

with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Join us for a book launch and conversation for Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and disability justice poetics conversation with Leah and Cyree Jarelle Johnson. What the hell is disability justice? How do collective care, disability justice and sick and disabled Black and brown femmes save the world and each other during this time of apocalypse—or do we? What are the histories.. MORE

Thu, October 18, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27t St Suite 600
NY, NY 10001

AAWW Lit Lunch: A conversation with Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde

with Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde and Roja Heydarpour

Join us for a special lunchtime chat from AAWW’s green couch with Stockholm-based writer Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, whose US debut, What We Owe, is a gripping novella about a 50 year-old Iranian refugee whose terminal cancer diagnosis compels her brutal and bitter telling of her journey to Sweden after fleeing—or betraying—the revolution. Translated from the Dutch by Elizabeth Clark Wessel, What We Owe is “spare and devastating” (Kirkus). Tune in.. MORE

Wed, October 17, 2018 1:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

Revelatory Magic: The City and Self, a reading with the Open City Fellows

with Roshan Abraham, Humera Afridi, Pearl Bhatnagar, Huiying B. Chan, Aber Kawas, Sarah Moawad & Roja Heydarpour

Join us for a special reading with the Open City fellows. We’ll hear from Neighborhood Fellows Roshan Abraham, Pearl Bhatnagar, and Huiying Bernice Chan, who have been documenting the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now, and our Muslim Communities fellows, Aber Kawas, Humera Afridi, and Sarah Moawad, who have been writing on the city's Muslim American communities over the.. MORE

Thu, October 11, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Memoir of a Korean Adoptee: All You Can Ever Know

with Nicole Chung and Greg Pak

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them? Join us for an event with Nicole Chung as she discusses her debut memoir All You Can Ever Know, a poignant and graceful exploration of transracial adoption, family, and identity. In conversation with comic book writer and filmmaker Greg Pak. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC All You.. MORE

Wed, October 10, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

From Bestseller to Box Office Hit: Ahmad Fuadi’s The Land of Five Towers

with Ahmad Fuadi, Margaret Scott & Lutfi Kurniawan

Join us for a night of reading and film with visiting Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi, whose bestselling novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers), an uplifting story of a young Muslim boy’s journey to Islamic boarding school, became the source of inspiration for one of Indonesia’s top box office successes. Ahmad will read from the novel, the first in his trilogy about.. MORE

Tue, October 9, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY, NY 10001

Kith and Kin

with Divya Victor, Shiv Kotecha & Rahel Aima

Join us for a reading that pushes the boundary of home and desire through meditations on kin, violence, and rupture. The poet Divya Victor will read from Kith, her visual and instructional book of stolen and insurgent history that asks us to re-order the question of belonging in the Indian and Southeast Asian diasporas, and writer Rahel Aima will read about Krishna Menon, colonial baggage, and real and imagined family... MORE

Thu, October 4, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Writing with Archetypes: Astrology & Storytelling, a Workshop

with Alice Sparkly Kat

Six Weeks (Five Sessions plus Final Reading), 2 hours each (7PM-9PM) Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Final Reading on Tuesday November 6 Fee & Payment Options: $272 GENERAL // $240 MEMBER (Join the Fan Club!) **Full payment due before first class. We have a limited number of application- based scholarship seats available for those with financial need. Please e-mail Tiffany at tle@aaww.org if you are interested in a scholarship.. MORE

Tue, October 2, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

Mouth Waters Earth

with Chienfang Chang and Pyna Yang

Focusing attention into the palette, AAWW hosts an evening for language, food, art, & place to come together on a shared table. Situating her writing from the perspective of food, author Chienfang Chang will share pieces of her recent work at the Vermont Studio Center as well as engage in a guided tasting & reading of aiyu, a plant indigenous to the.. MORE

Mon, October 1, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

AAWW Fam: Matwaala 2018

with Meena Alexander, Ralph Nazareth, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Abhay K, Vikas Menon, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Pramila Venkateswaran, and more

Share your lyric voice at Matwaala, an annual South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival. Joining us will be Matwaala’s Poet of Honor Ralph Nazareth, the author of Ferrying Secrets, published in Hyderabad, India in 2005. Foster community and sign up to read with over half a dozen featured poets such as Guggenheim Fellow Meena Alexander, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Abhay K, Vikas Menon, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Pramila Venkateswaran, and more. RESERVE A.. MORE

Wed, September 26, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

A Cruelty Special to Our Species: A Launch Party for Emily Yoon

with Emily Yoon, Wo Chan, Sueyen Juliette Lee, Kristin Chang

Join us for a transcendent night celebrating Emily Yoon’s debut collection of poetry, A Cruelty to Our Species, a collection of testimony to Korean “comfort women” who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II, and a bright elegy to departed ancestors, languages, and girlhood. As Poetry Editor for The Margins, Emily has cultivated a special home for Asian American poetry in all of its richness... MORE

Tue, September 25, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Two Truths & a Lie: a Workshop

with Bushra Rehman

Six Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Mondays, September 24th, October 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th, November 5th Fees & Payment Options: $425 General / $400 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. *Please note: this class skips Monday, October 1st. **There is an application process for this workshop. Please fill out this application. We will be in contact regarding your submission. Why You Should Take This Class: “Writing from life.. MORE

Mon, September 24, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

What We Leave Behind

with Lucy Tan, Crystal Hana Kim & Vanessa Hua

Join us for an event about globalizing East Asia, love, family, and what happens when we leave one home for another. We’ll hear from Crystal Hana Kim, whose debut novel If You Leave Me tells the story of a refugee of the Korean War and her forsaken love. Lucy Tan will read from What We Were Promised, her novel about the Zhen family and the upheaval that ensues when they.. MORE

Thu, September 20, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 11238

Millennials and Post-Work Zombies

with Ling Ma and Jia Tolentino

Do you feel like your life resembles an office farce? While Millennials have been blamed for the downfall of homeownership, the diamond industry, and even napkins -- Ling Ma’s debut novel Severance shows what life might look like when you don’t notice the apocalypse because you’re so entrenched in the endless routines of a pointless job. Ling will read from her novel and talk about millennials in the workplace with.. MORE

Tue, September 18, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

LITERAOKE!

with Ed Lin, Sokunthary Svay, Sam Chanse, Swati Khurana, Joshunda Sanders, Moncho, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Charles Rice Gonzalez, Quincy Scott Jones

LITERAOKE finally comes to NYC, after unforgettable shows across the country! Come see performers sing their hearts out to their favorite karaoke bangers and then then read from their work. Featuring: Ed Lin, Sokunthary Svay, Sam Chanse, Swati Khurana, Joshunda Sanders, Moncho, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Charles Rice Gonzalez, Quincy Scott Jones, and many more! Come sing a-long with these amazing writers. In partnership with Kaya Press. This is an official 2018.. MORE

Thu, September 13, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
NY, NY 10001

Literatures of Korean Resistance

with Hwang Jungeun, Song Kyung-dong, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and E. Tammy Kim

Join us for a bilingual reading with the novelist Hwang Jungeun, poet Song Kyung-dong, and poet Jennifer Kwon Dobbs. This event is moderated by journalist E. Tammy Kim and co-sponsored by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI). RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hwang Jungeun is the award-winning author of two short-story collections and three novels, including, in English translation, One Hundred Shadows (2016) and the forthcoming.. MORE

Wed, September 12, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Emigrant Fictions

with Amitava Kumar and Teju Cole

What national fictions are immigrants in America pressured to preserve, and how does the task of self consciously constructing an immigrant “self” tear at the boundaries of nations and the the novel itself? Blending fiction, nonfiction, diary notations, news clippings and photos, Amitava Kumar’s Immigrant, Montana chronicles the story of Kailash, a graduate student who arrives in New York by way of Bihar, India, who is as equally fascinated by.. MORE

Mon, September 10, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 11238

No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America, A Workshop

with Nina Sharma

Six sessions, September 8-October 6, 2018 Saturdays from 3:00-6:00pm Fees & Payment Options: Free Why You Should Take This Class: As psychic lives of Asian American women are yet to be rendered in their full complexities, "No Name Mind" offers a space to name our experiences with mental health and and map the vast contours of our minds.There will be a final reading for the workshop on October 13th. This creative writing workshop for.. MORE

Sat, September 8, 2018 12:00am
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York , New York 10001

A World Without Cages: A Book Drive to Launch AAWW’s Prison Initiative

with Victoria Law and Daniel A. Gross

Come with book donations for incarcerated readers, leave with homemade bubble tea. We’re hosting a book drive in partnership with NYC Books Through Bars to mark the launch of A World Without Cages—AAWW’s new series of stories and workshops that bring together voices from jail, prison, and immigrant detention. Over the next year, we’ll invite Asian American writers to see incarceration as part of their story. If you're a writer.. MORE

Thu, August 30, 2018 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27t St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

A Reading with Fatimah Asghar & Vivek Shraya

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Join us for a reading with Brown Girls web series co-creator Fatimah Asghar, who will read from her debut collection of poetry, If They Come For Us and the artist Vivek Shraya, whose forthcoming book I’m Afraid of Men explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED.. MORE

Tue, August 28, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

Lola: A Reading About Asian Grandmas

with Kate Gavino, Angela Chen, Vivian Lee, Kevin Nguyen, Matt Ortile & Rakesh Satyal

Has your superstitious grandma ever told you myths that you haven’t been able to forget? Join us for this event about Asian grandmas with critically acclaimed cartoonist and Last Night’s Reading creator Kate Gavino, whose new graphic novel Sanpaku explores the Japanese myth through the eyes of Marcine, an impressionable Filipina preteen who lives for her grandmother’s eccentric stories. Kate will be joined by The Verge's Angela ChenLittle A editor Vivian.. MORE

Wed, August 22, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Losing Faith: The Incendiaries

with R.O. Kwon and Alexander Chee

Dark, glittering, and obsessive ― can new love feel the same as new faith? Part fractured love story, campus novel, and thriller turned cult lit, R.O. Kwon’s haunting debut novel The Incendiaries ― named one of the most anticipated fiction debuts of the year by the New York Times and the Millions ― follows the journey of a Korean American college student under the spell of grief, a new love.. MORE

Wed, August 8, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 West 27th St, Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Chinese Speculative Fiction

with Su Wei, Austin Woerner & Jeremy Tiang

Join us for a special event with acclaimed Chinese novelist Su Wei and his translator Austin Woerner, who will read and present The Invisible Valley, a work of speculative fiction about the Chinese Cultural Revolution and an epic experiment in creative co-translation that has been ten years in the making. A rollicking adventure story set in the jungles of far southern China during the 1970s, The Invisible Valley follows a.. MORE

Wed, July 25, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Writing Against Displacement

with Tony Robles, Jessica Hagedorn & Tomie Arai

Join us for a reading with visiting poet Tony Robles, a Fil-Am San Francisco based writer and activist whose book Fingerprints of a Hungerstrike documents the story of the Frisco Five - the hunger strikers who in 2016 protested police killings in the city, and the dream of remaking his hometown into a haven for immigrants, elders, and the multiracial working-class. He’ll be joined by bona fide Filipina-American legend Jessica.. MORE

Wed, July 18, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
NY, NY 10001

POC Publishing Bootcamp: Fiction and Online Magazines

with Hasan Altaf, Sarah Burke, Jeannie Choi, Alia Hanna Habib, Serene Hakim, Rachel Kim, Megha Majumdar, Rebecca Nagel, Quressa Robinson & Bijan Stephen

Are you looking for a literary agent, or route to pitch your work to magazines? If you want to hear agents and editors of color tell you how to get your work published—and book one-on-one time with an industry professional to talk about your writing goals, join us for an afternoon intensive designed to bring emerging POC writers in the same room with the agents and editors of color who.. MORE

Sat, July 14, 2018 12:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

Reading & Writing Resistance

with Jyothi Natarajan, Jeff Biggers, and Akiba Solomon

Renown activists and authors Jeff Biggers, Akiba Solomon, and Jyothi Natarajan come together to discuss the role of writers in past and current resistance movements, the creation and cultivation of activist arts communities, and how to create and support socially-engaged literature. Jeff Biggers is the author of the new book Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition, among other works; author and journalist, Akiba Solomon is the editorial director of Colorlines and.. MORE

Thu, July 12, 2018 7:00pm
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St
New York, New York 10002

Feminist Visions: Retracing the Mughals

with Morehshin Allahyari, Ruby Lal, Shahzia Sikander & Harris Chowdhary

Join us for an event that envisions the past and present of the Muslim World and Indo-Persian history through writing and visual art. Featuring Ruby Lal, the author of a new biography of the only female Mughal ruler, Nur Jahan, and visual artists Morehshin Allahyari and Shahzia Sikander. Moderated by Harris Chowdhary. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, educator, and occasional.. MORE

Wed, July 11, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
NY, NY 10001

Getting to Work: an Open Genre Workshop

with Janani Balasubramanian

One session, 2 hours (6:30PM-9PM) Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Fees & Payment Options: General $75/Member $65 Why You Should Take This Class: In this 1-session “sprint” rendition of Balasubramanian’s previous 5-session workshop, participants will develop an honest, sustainable work plan for the next stage of their respective projects. Class Description: No matter what form your work takes—fiction, journalism, poetry, or something not written at all—learning "how to work" is a daunting.. MORE

Mon, July 2, 2018 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Outsiders

with YZ Chin, Jon Pineda & C. Dale Young

Come see three spellbinding authors whose new works explore themes of invisibility and erasure through writing that dreams, drifts, and floats like smoke. YZ Chin’s Though I Get Home examines the fringe of Malaysian culture, politics, and postcolonial memory through intertwined tales of fate and perseverance; Kirkus Reviews calls it “a haunting, surprising, and rebellious collection that contains multitudes.” In Let’s No One Get Hurt, Jon Pineda weaves a lyrical.. MORE

Tue, June 26, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St Ste 600
NY, NY 10001

From Plate to Page: Writing Asian American Food

with Lillian Li, Ligaya Mishan, Naben Ruthnum, and Rohan Kamicheril

Join us for an event that uses food as a starting point to explore the world of the restaurant, Asian American immigrant life, and how histories of migration and colonialism shape our plates. We’ll hear from Lillian Li, whose debut novel Number One Chinese Restaurant delves into the world of family drama behind the Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland; New York Times Hungry City columnist Ligaya Mishan, whose .. MORE

Wed, June 20, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

Sexpoetivity: Community PRIDE Workshop

with Brandon Simmond, Mary Vu, and Phoenix Danger

Let us enjoy ‘Sexpoetivity’: the intersection between sex-positivity and poetry! Come join us for a PRIDE workshop in partnership with Apicha Community Health Center and sex educator Phoenix Danger to provide a space for safer sex education with AAPI trans and queer community and to celebrate the work of LGBTQIA+ authors during Pride Month. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Apicha Community Health Center (CHC) strives for healthcare.. MORE

Thu, June 14, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY, NY 11238

Unreal News

with Jennifer Hayashida and John Yau

How do we write poetry that reflects globalization, contemporary art, and the hysterical news cycle of the 21st century? Join us for two poets whose work traverses art, translation, and the task of the critic: legendary poet/critic John Yau and Jennifer Hayashida, former head of Hunter College’s Asian American Studies Program. Hayashida’s debut poetry collection, A Machine Wrote This Song, chronicles the shifts of transnational capital, language, and migrants in.. MORE

Tue, June 12, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

Dear Life

with Porochista Khakpour, Yiyun Li & Elif Batuman

Join us for a reading featuring two fiction writers whose memoirs about illness offer stories of survival, pain and transformation. Sick is Porochista Khakpour’s grueling, emotional journey — as a woman, as an Iranian-American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems — through the chronic illness that perpetually left her a victim of anxiety, living a life stymied by an unknown condition. MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winner Yiyun.. MORE

Wed, June 6, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Marianna's Beauty Salon Launch Party

with Bushra Rehman, Quincy Scott Jones, Jai Dulani, Sadia Shepard & DJ Rekha

Join us to celebrate the launch of Marianna's Beauty Salon, Bushra Rehman's first collection of poetry. Rehman is author of Corona, a dark comedy on being South Asian American and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, one of Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” This collection spans twenty years of poetic work. Rehman will be joined on stage by Quincy Scott Jones.. MORE

Thu, May 24, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Margins Fellow & Mentor Reading

with Mariam Bazeed, Alexander Chee, Youmna Chlala, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Rami Karim, Kyle Lucia Wu, Yanyi & Rachel Zucker

For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We recently created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts: The Margins Fellowship. Join us as we celebrate the literary accomplishments of our second class of Margins fellows—Mariam Bazeed,.. MORE

Tue, May 22, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

Third Culture/Third Genre: Between Poetry and Prose, a Workshop

with Marwa Helal

One session, 2 hours (6:30PM-9:00PM) Monday, May 21st, 2018 Fees & Payment Options: $100* *Maximum 8 students. Attendees who are returning students of Third Culture/Third Genre: Between Poetry and Prose*, please contact Tiffany Tran Le at tle@aaww.org for a discount. Why you should take this class: Because you're a third culture kid who writes third genre* work: You have good sense when it comes to knowing whether what you're writing is better.. MORE

Mon, May 21, 2018 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Asian American Literature

with Kundiman, Wikimedia NYC & PEN America

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we'll be holding a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Asian American Literature! Presented by Kundiman, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Wikimedia NYC, & PEN America, we invite you to join us at the Asian American Writers' Workshop on Saturday, May 12th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Our Edit-a-Thon will work on addressing the gaps and deficiencies across pages related to Asian American literature on Wikipedia... MORE

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

Robot Coda

with Margaret Rhee, Ching-In Chen, Seo-Young Chu, Mimi Mondal & Vyshali Manivannan

Join us for a reading with four writers who explore the relationship between race and technology. Margaret Rhee reads from LOVE, ROBOT, a collection of love poetry examining the bonds between humans and robots. Poet and community organizer Ching-In Chen reads from recombinant, an assemblage of poetry and data that investigates female and genderqueer lineages, Hugo Award-nominee Mimi Mondal reads from her upcoming novelette and discusses gender expression in South Asian science fiction/fantasy,.. MORE

Thu, May 3, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY

Cities and Selves

with Alexander Chee, Aminatta Forna & Anelise Chen

How do you write an autobiographical novel — and is it really that different from writing a city? Wander the streets of London and New York with Alexander Chee and Aminatta Forna for a special event spanning the personal essay, fiction, and the writing life. We'll hear from Alex Chee's highly-anticipated nonfiction collection that offers readers a map of secrets and second chances, and novelist Aminatta Forna, whose latest book.. MORE

Wed, May 2, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 10001

Fractured Selves

with Akwaeke Emezi, Mira T. Lee & TANAÏS

Join us for a reading with two of this spring’s most exciting literary fiction debuts that explore the metaphysics of identity, mental health, and migration. Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater (Grove, 2018), named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 in Esquire, the Huffington Post, and more, follows the story of a young Nigerian woman named Ada born “with one foot on the other side” who develops separate selves. Mira T. Lee’s Everything.. MORE

Thu, April 26, 2018 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York , NY 10001

Is America in the Heart? New Filipinx Literature

with Elaine Castillo, Luis H. Francia, Joseph O. Legaspi & Gina Apostol

Come for a special event about Filipinx-American history, migration, queerness, and the elusive goal of cracking the American Dream for working-class immigrants. Elaine Castillo’s debut America is Not the Heart is a vibrant and starkly hilarious novel told through the perspective of different members of the De Vera family, who flee Marcos-era Philippines in stages for the immigrant suburbs of the Bay Area, and the title a riff on of.. MORE

Wed, April 25, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workhop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Visions and Fever Dreams: New Iranian Lit

with Jasmin Darznik, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili & Porochista Khakpour

Come for a special reading on folklore, the Iranian revolution, and people whose dreams were lost to history. “One of Iran's greatest novelists” (Guardian), Shahriar Mandanipour reads from Moon Brow, the story of a playboy-turned-soldier shell shocked from the Iran-Iraq War who sees visions of angels from the past. Jasmin Darznik reads from Song of a Captive Bird, her debut novel about the life of legendary rebel feminist poet Forough.. MORE

Mon, April 23, 2018 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Disoriental

with Négar Djavadi, Roja Heydarpour

Join Négar Djavadi and AAWW Open City Fellow Roja Heydarpour as they discuss Djavadi’s debut novel, Disoriental, which won several prestigious literary awards in France, on the occasion of its publication in the US with Europa Editions. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. The narrator, a storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all.. MORE

Sun, April 22, 2018 3:00pm
Albertine Books in French and English
972 5th Ave
NY, NY 10075

Translation / Migration Mixtape

with Raquel Salas Rivera, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Adeeba Talukder & Asiya Wadud

Come prepared to hear four poets of color mix and remix translation, through love letters, laws, binary code, and Google translate. Bay Area-based Filipina poet Janice Lobo Sapigao will share music and visuals alongside her salvaged family love letters written in Ilocano and a poetic critique of the Silicon Valley, where her mother assembled microchips. Newly minted Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, the author of the forthcoming lo terciario.. MORE

Wed, April 18, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Worskhop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America, A Workshop

with Nina Sharma

Six sessions, April 14-May 19, 2018 Saturdays from 4:00-7:00pm Fees & Payment Options: Free Application Deadline: Thursday, March 15 2018 at midnight.  APPLY HERE Why You Should Take This Class: As psychic lives of Asian American women are yet to be rendered in their full complexities, "No Name Mind" offers a space to name our experiences with mental health and and map the vast contours of our minds. .. MORE

Sat, April 14, 2018 4:00pm to Sat, May 19, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Kenning JP García & Jasmine Reid

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Kenning JP García and Jasmine Reid. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.. MORE

Wed, April 11, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600
Manhattan, New York 10001

And/With: Abdellah Taïa and Meena Alexander

with Belladonna* Collaborative and The Brooklyn Public Library

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. Additional sponsorship has been generously provided by Seven Stories Press. RSVP HERE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC In 1973, Abdellah Taïa was born in the public library of Rabat in Morocco, where his father was the janitor and where his family.. MORE

Tue, April 10, 2018 7:30pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Plunder and Surveillance: Aftermaths of the Iraq War

with Erin Banco, Nisha Kapoor, Wafaa Bilal, Marina Budhos, and Sophia Hussain

Join us for a special event about how has Iraq changed post American invasion and how the war on terror has been "brought home" through an expanded security state. We are featuring journalist Erin Banco, who wrote the recently released Pipe Dreams, Nisha Kapoor, the author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite, a radical analysis of the contemporary security state, Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal, who will read from his book, Shooting an.. MORE

Wed, April 4, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

The Body and Migration

with Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda, Celina Su, and Dorothy Wang

Join us for a special reading about migration and reconfiguring literal and imagined borderlands with writers Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda and Celina Su. Celina Su’s debut collection of poetry, Landia, is a series of border crossings and questioning the social contract of the state and citizenship. Brandon Shimoda will read from forthcoming prose and poetry about the forced internal migration of Japanese incarceration and its ongoing aftermath. Vi Khi.. MORE

Thu, March 29, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
Manhattan, NY 10001

Cities of the Future

with Youmna Chlala, Sesshu Foster, Renee Gladman & Ken Chen

Three experimental writers of color investigate the vision of the city through books that merge visual art with poetry and prose. Sesshu Foster’s eagerly anticipated City of the Future rebels against the gentrification of Chicano/Asian East LA through poems, letters, drawings, and postcards: Douglas Kearney calls it “elegiac, documentarian, furious and fun as hell”! A visual artist exhibited at Performa, ArtDubai, and Art In General, Youmna Chlala imagines language as.. MORE

Wed, March 28, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writer's Workshop
112 W. 27th St. STE 600
New York, NY 10001

Go Home! Los Angeles Launch

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Mia Alvar, and Yumi Sakugawa

In this collection, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong. Moderated by artist and writer Yumi Sakugawa (Your Illustrated Guide.. MORE

Tue, March 20, 2018 7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Fiction as Activism: A Workshop

with Helen Wan

Why you should take this class: What is “fiction as activism”? All writing is an act of activism if it is an honest effort to engage with or comment on or generally make sense of the world. “Activism” doesn’t have to mean militant or angry, either. It can be funny, absurdist, uplifting, anything. At a time when most writers I know just want to curl up into a little.. MORE

Mon, March 19, 2018 6:00pm to Mon, April 16, 2018 8:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

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