Past Events

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

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

Go Home! San Francisco Launch

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Rachel Khong, Beth Nguyen, and R.O. Kwon

In this collection, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and The Feminist Press, 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 editor Rowan Hisayo Buchanan with.. MORE

Sun, March 18, 2018 5:00pm
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Eddie Maisonet & Santiago J. Sanchez

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 Eddie Maisonet and Santiago J. Sanchez. 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.. MORE

Thu, March 15, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Go Home! Boston Launch

with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, T Kira Madden, and Jennifer Tseng

In the collection, Go Home!, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and The Feminist Press, 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. Editor Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is joined by.. MORE

Wed, March 14, 2018 7:00pm
Trident Bookstore
338 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

Go Home! Brooklyn Launch at Greenlight Bookstore

with Chaya Babu, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jason Koo, Kimiko Hahn, Alice Sola Kim, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Note: This program takes place at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. The Go Home! Launch event at AAWW is March 12. Join us for the Greenlight Bookstore launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press that images “home” in twenty-first century through fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the the necessity of.. MORE

Tue, March 13, 2018 7:00pm
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Go Home! AAWW Launch

with Karissa Chen, Chaya Babu, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Alexander Chee & Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Join us for the launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press that images “home” in twenty-first century through fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the the necessity of both expanding and challenging the immigrant narrative. We’re celebrating the launch of the anthology at the workshop with contributors Karissa Chen,.. MORE

Mon, March 12, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Go Home! AWP Tampa Launch

with Jyothi Natarajan, Gina Apostol, Chaya Babu, Alexander Chee, Karissa Chen, T Kira Madden, Jennifer Tseng, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Join us for the launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press. 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. Editor Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.. MORE

Sat, March 10, 2018 4:00pm
Inkwood Books
1809 N. Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602

AWP Conference: Only Connect: Building Literary Community Beyond the MFA

with Julie Buntin, Ken Chen, Saeed Jones, Alison Murphy & Christine Texeira

Community is often touted as the best reason to get an MFA. But what happens when the program ends, or if an MFA isn’t right for you? Administrators from organizations changing the literary ecosystem discuss the opportunities for connection that exist in nonacademic settings. Topics include writing, publishing, and networking on- and offline; teaching and studying outside of academia; and how writers from every educational background can find and build.. MORE

Sat, March 10, 2018 10:30am
Marriott Waterside, Second Floor, Florida Salon 1, 2 & 3
700 S Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602

AWP Conference: Asian American Caucus

with Neelanjana Banerjee, Cathy Linh Che, Dr. Lawrence-Minh Búi Davis, Jyothi Natarajan

How can Asian American writers build a stronger network? What does it mean to be a writer of color in these times? This third 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,.. MORE

Fri, March 9, 2018 7:30pm
Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, Rooms 5 & 6
333 S Franklin St
Tampa, Florida 33602

Breaking Caste

with Sujatha Gidla, Neel Mukherjee & Gaiutra Bahadur

Join us for a reading on India and caste with prize-winning novelist Neel Mukherjee and Sujatha Gidla, the author of the critically-acclaimed debut memoir Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (FSG, 2017). Mukherjee's latest novel, A State of Freedom (W.W. Norton, 2018) follows the lives of five characters born to different circumstances in India navigating deeply entrenched class and caste divisions. In conversation with.. MORE

Fri, March 9, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Nerds in Love

with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Weike Wang & Madhu Kaza

How does what we know influence our quest for love? Three years into a graduate program in science, the narrator of Weike Wang’s critically-acclaimed Chemistry (Knopf, 2017) cooly compares receiving a marriage proposal from her boyfriend to the careful problem solving that occurs between lab partners. The eccentric protagonist of Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Call Me Zebra.. MORE

Wed, February 21, 2018 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Memory Maps: An Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, a Workshop

with Anelise Chen

Five Sessions, 2.5 hours (6:30PM-9:00PM) Tuesdays*, February 20th, 27th, March 6th**, March 20th, March 27th Fees & Payment Options: $270 General/$240 Member (JOIN THE FANCLUB!) Registration Deadline: February 13th, 2018 *There will be no class on March 13th. **On March 6th, class will run 7PM-9PM. REGISTER HERE Why You Should Take This Class: In recent years, scientists have found that memory and imagination call upon the same “default network” in the brain, suggesting that.. MORE

Tue, February 20, 2018 6:30pm to Tue, March 27, 2018 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

Poetry Workshop: Master Class with Monica Youn

with Monica Youn

One Session, 3 hours (2PM-5PM)* Saturday, February 17 Fees & Payment Options: General $75/Member $65 (JOIN THE FANCLUB!) Registration Deadline: February 14 *This class could run slightly longer than 3 hours, based on how many students are in the class. REGISTER HERE Course Description: This will be a 3-4 hour master class workshop (depending on enrollment). Students should submit up to 3 poems of 1-2 pages each, although we may not have time to.. MORE

Sat, February 17, 2018 2:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Letters Beyond Bars: From Internment to Immigrant Detention

with Families for Freedom, Christine Kitano, Terry Watada, Karen Tei Yamashita and Tamara K Nopper

Come hear seminal Asian American writer Karen Tei Yamashita read from Letters to Memory, her visual and archival project based on family letters of Japanese internment alongside Families for Freedom activists reading letters from immigrant detainees. We’ll also feature poet Christine Kitano, who writes about her father’s internment during World War II, and Toronto-based novelist Terry Watada, who chronicles the untold story Canadian police rounding up the Japanese community in Vancouver in.. MORE

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

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Tova Ricardo and Amanda Torres

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 Tova Ricardo and Amanda Torres. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists... MORE

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

Third Culture/Third Genre: Between Poetry and Prose*, A Workshop

with Marwa Helal

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 off as a poem or when it ought to be prose. But what do you do when it's both? Together, we will explore the art of the lyric essay, a poet's prose... MORE

Tue, February 6, 2018 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, NY 10001

The Personal is Political: Writing About Muslim Women

with Humera Afridi, Roja Heydarpour, Raad Rahman, Sarah Khan, Sumaya Awad & Noel Pangilinan

Join us for a special reading with the Open City fellows. Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now. Join us for a reading with our Muslim Communities fellows, Humera Afridi, Roja Heydarpour, Raad Rahman, Sarah Khan and Sumaya Awad, who’ve written narrative nonfiction on the Muslim American communities of New York City over the past six months... MORE

Tue, January 30, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Mining Your Diamonds: A Workshop

with Christina Chiu

One Session, 90 minutes (3:00PM-4:30PM) Saturday, January 27th, 2018 Fees & Payment Options: $25 Full payment due before first class. REGISTER HERE Why You Should Take This Class: Everyone has a unique story waiting to be unearthed. Like diamonds under a bedrock, you need the right tools in order to extract and polish them. Join Christina Chiu for a 90-minute workshop that will guide entrepreneurs, writers, professionals, and everyone in-between through a metaphorical mining.. MORE

Sat, January 27, 2018 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

Race, Music, and American Ghost Stories

with Hari Kunzru, Margo Jefferson & Kevin Nguyen

A special discussion about music and the ghosts of America’s racial past featuring two highly acclaimed authors. A murder mystery, a ghost story, and two cultural tourists collide in Hari Kunzru’s spellbinding novel White Tears (Knopf, 2017), which connects contemporary cultural appropriation and white hawkers of black music with the history of racism and the forgotten geniuses of American music and Delta Mississippi Blues. Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Margo Jefferson’s classic.. MORE

Thu, January 25, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Queer Longings and Longevity: A Workshop

with Kay Ulanday Barrett

4 Sessions, 2 Hours Mondays, January 22nd - February 12th Fees & Payment Options: $150-$250 Sliding Scale REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 17th, 2018 **Note: tickets are listed on Eventbrite as "donation" in order to enable the sliding scale function. Please note that your registration is not confirmed unless you have paid a registration fee. REGISTER HERE Why You Should Take This Class: This workshop engages in the spirit of performance, reading, and content development. Together, we.. MORE

Mon, January 22, 2018 6:30pm to Mon, February 12, 2018 8:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York , NY 10001

AAWW FAM: The Shanghai Literary Review Launch

with Nancy Huang, Jianan Qian, Joy Huang Stoffers, Jeremy Tiang, and Julie Wenglinski

Come join us for the launch of The Shanghai Literary Review’s second issue! TSLR is an English language literature and arts magazine based in Shanghai and New York, Featuring original artwork, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book review, and translation from and about Asia. Nancy Huang, Jianan Qian, Joy Huang Stoffers, Jeremy Tiang, and Julie Wenglinski will be sharing their work from the magazine as well as.. MORE

Thu, January 18, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Giselle Buchanan, and Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

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 Giselle Buchanan and Ysabel Y. Gonzalez. 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.. MORE

Thu, January 11, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, New York 10001

An Invocation: The Poetics of Haunting

with Carlina Duan, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Muriel Leung & Jane Wong

How does history – particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization – impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language act as a haunting space of intervention and activism? Poet and scholar Jane Wong raised these questions with her digital multimedia project, The Poetics of Haunting. For the last workshop event of 2017, Wong and poets Carlina Duan, Christine.. MORE

Mon, December 18, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Riverhead Books Holiday Party

with The Asian American Writers' Workshop

Come celebrate the holidays with Riverhead Books, in support of the Asian American Writers' Workshop! $15 cash at the door, unlimited beer & wine from WINC, baked goods by Riverhead authors & raffle prizes!.. MORE

Mon, December 11, 2017 7:00pm
Lite Brite Neon Studio LLC
232 3rd St
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Amir Rabiyah & xoài ph?m

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 Amir Rabiyah and xoài ph?m. 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

Mon, December 4, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St #600
New York, New York 10001

Poetry Poetry VII

with Chen Chen, Anaïs Duplan, Rajiv Mohabir & Monica Sok

Travel through time with Anaïs Duplan, Chen Chen, Rajiv Mohabir and Monica Sok as they explore both history and futurity in our seventh edition of Poetry Poetry! RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Anaïs Duplan is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and a chapbook of poems and essays, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017).  Daniel Poppick writes.. MORE

Sat, December 2, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Twisting Tongues: Bilingual Poetry with AAWW and Wendy's Subway

with Steven Alvarez, Jen Hyde, & Sahar Muradi

Note: This program is co-sponsored by AAWW, but the reading is taking place at BAM. Writing in Dari, Spanish, Nahuatl, Chinese, and English, the poets of Twisting Tongues see translation as a way to interrogate the relationship between English and histories of migration and diaspora. Come see poets Jen Hyde, Steven Alvarez, and Sahar Muradi read their innovative multilingual poetry that embraces errant, in-between, generative translation at our special event in.. MORE

Tue, November 28, 2017 7:00pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217

Apocalyptic Premonitions

with Viet Dinh, Oki Sogumi & Janani Balasubramanian

How do we care for one another in the end of the world? Come for a special reading about seeking connections amidst premonitions of disaster and ecological collapse. Viet Dinh reads from After Disasters, his debut novel about four aid workers navigating the rubble after an earthquake in India. Poet Oki Sogumi reads from their forthcoming speculative novella about revolt, the secret lives of insects, and the potential for friendship.. MORE

Mon, November 20, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Afua Ansong & Ricky Tucker

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 Afua Ansong and Ricky Tucker. 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

Thu, November 16, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Singapore, Myth, and Memory

with Jeremy Tiang and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow

Singapore recently celebrated it’s 50th birthday and its sparkling status as the “Switzerland of the East, but stories of rebellion and subversion remain just below the surface. In Jeremy Tiang’s thrilling debut novel, State of Emergency, an explosion in an office building in Singapore in 1965 unravels an epic story of a family caught up the spontaneous turns of history. Join Tiang, “one of Singapore’s finest living novelists,” according to.. MORE

Thu, November 2, 2017 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
110 W 27th St. Ste 600
New York, New York 10001

Workshop: Start and Finish

with Janani Balasubramanian

Five Sessions, 2.5 hours each (6-8:30pm) Tuesdays October 31st, November 7th, November 14th, November 21st, November 28th Fees & Payment Options: $350 General / $320 AAWW Members (Join the Fanclub!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of twenty students. Why You Should Take This Class: This workshop lives in the terrifying space between the aspirational (dreams, wishes) and the practical (goals, time). Collectively, we will map our visions, examine our roadblocks and.. MORE

Tue, October 31, 2017 6:00pm to Tue, November 28, 2017 8:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Know Your Rights, Know Your Power: Training & Cultural Night

with Jackie Mariano & Material Support

Learn about your rights while singing your heart out! Join us for a night of strengthening and celebrating our resistance as Attorney Jackie Mariano leads a Know Your Rights training on immigration and political demonstrations. Material Support, an agit-punk band which Mariano fronts, shares the stage with their lead singer to ground us in the necessity of bold, collective action through their unapologetic brand of pinoy hardcore punk. RESERVE A.. MORE

Thu, October 26, 2017 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

The Witching Hour: A Night of Poetry

with Jess Rizkallah, Marwa Helal, Aria Aber, & Melissa Lozada-Oliva

If you’re in the Halloween spirit for some bewitching poetry, come celebrate the launch of Jess Rizkallah’s new book of poems, the magic my body becomes. She will be joined by poets Marwa Helal, Aria Aber, and Melissa Lozada-Oliva, all of whom write into different sorts of magics: the body, family, immigration, language, community, love, and loss. In the magic my body becomes, Jess Rizkallah explores the complexities of being.. MORE

Tue, October 24, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Speaking Truth to Power: Confronting Authoritarian Regimes

with Raissa Robles, Raad Rahman, Tenzin Dickie & Jeremy Tiang

How is resistance possible when reality itself is obscured? In an era of "fake news" and more facts than anyone could hope to grasp, authoritarians rely on this uncertainty to consolidate their hold on power. Legendary journalist Raissa Robles joins us from the Philippines to share her new work, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, which reappraises the era of Marcos and applies it lessons to what is unfolding today. Communications.. MORE

Thu, October 19, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Data, Poetry, Trauma

with Paisley Rekdal, Yanyi, Soyoung Yoon & Jennifer Hayashida

Many Asian Americans know innately that intergenerational trauma is real, but how do we “prove” it? Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal's new book, The Broken Country, tells the story of Vietnamese-American Kiet Thanh Ly, who stabbed two white men in 2012 in retribution for the Vietnam War, even though he did not experience it himself. Come for a special event with Paisley Rekdal, 2017 Margins Fellow Yanyi, Soyoung Yoon, and Jennifer Hayashida that.. MORE

Sat, October 14, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Tourism in Literature

with Bani Amor, Farzana Doctor, Tiphanie Yanique & Julia Hori

Travel writing is a genre rife with fantasies of escape, luxury, and finding oneself through an experience in an unfamiliar place—in other words, colonial tropes. Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative? What can contemporary literature tell us about the relationship between tourists and service workers, and can it provide more authentic ways of knowing places that have been branded to Western tourists as pleasure zones?.. MORE

Thu, October 12, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Tanea Lunsford Lynx & Tonilyn A. Sideco

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 Tanea Lunsford Lynx and Tonilyn A. Sideco. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO.. MORE

Mon, October 2, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Muslim Cool

with Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Zain Alam, Yunique A. Saafir & Muna Mire

Come for a special night investigating how young Muslim Americans resist empire through hip hop and other musical subcultures. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer calls it “Muslim Cool”—her term for how young Muslims in the United States fight state power by engaging with Black identity, particularly through fashion and music. In a time when Black Muslims face both Islamophobia and anti-blackness, her work represents a vital intervention. Zain Alam, the lead singer.. MORE

Thu, September 28, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Lola's House

with M. Evelina Galang

Come for a special night featuring author M. Evelina Galang, whose new nonfiction book Lola's House: Filipino Women Living with War (Curbstone, 2017) tells the story of sixteen surviving Filipino comfort women who survived violence inflicted by the Japanese army in World War II. Starting in the late nineties, Galang built relationships with women at Lolas' House, a community center for women's organizing in Manila, and records their testimony--at once.. MORE

Fri, September 22, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Vernacular as Resistance

with Marwa Helal

Three Sessions, 2.5 hours each (6-8:30pm) Wednesdays September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. Priority will be given to previous students of Vernacular as Resistance. *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org for availability!* What is vernacular literature? What is its role in dismantling the oppressor’s language and assumptions?.. MORE

Wed, September 20, 2017 6:30pm to Wed, October 4, 2017 8:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York, New York 11237

Motor Gangs and Misfits of Seoul

with Young-ha Kim, Jenny Wang Medina & E. Tammy Kim

Young-ha Kim, one of the most talented and prolific Korean writers of his generation, is making a rare appearance in New York to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, which explores social disintegration and the seedy underside of Seoul. Translated by Krys Lee, I Hear Your Voice, Kim’s fifth book, follows the ascent of disaffected young people living life on the run. He’ll appear with one of his translators, Jenny Wang Medina,.. MORE

Tue, September 19, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Marriage, Plotted

with Katie Kitamura & Danzy Senna

One marriage is ending, and another is imminent. For the female protagonists of Danzy Senna’s New People and Katie Kitamura’s A Separation, marriage is a mark of achievement, a psychological bender, a private investigation, and a bracingly intimate way to hold a mirror to our turbulent emotional realities. New People—an unsparing comedy of manners and racial authenticity set in ‘90s-era faux-bohemia Brooklyn—and A Separation—a taut emotional thriller that has earned.. MORE

Sat, September 16, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Searching for Home

with Rami Karim, Dina Nayeri, Alia Malek, and Roja Heydarpour

If you’re Asian American or an immigrant, you’ve probably wondered: what does it mean to search for home? Well, you (and your post-colonial melancholia) are invited to this special event about Middle East politics, revolution, and the refugee experience, You may have read Iranian-American novelist Dina Nayeri’s viral story in The Guardian (“The Ungrateful Refugee: We Have No Debt to Pay”). She’ll read her book Refuge (Riverhead, 2017), a.. MORE

Fri, September 15, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Embarking on the Transpacific

with Gina Apostol, Bonnie Huie, Kyoo Lee, Ed Lin and Jeremy Tiang

Does literature stop at a country's borders, or is it possible to write transnationally? We invite you to the launch of the Transpacific Literary Project with the publication of our first themed portfolio, "Remittance." The Transpacific Literary Project is an exciting new initiative from the Asian American Writers' Workshop that will publish the most urgent voices from East and Southeast Asia, creating a space for dialogue within and about.. MORE

Tue, September 12, 2017 7:00pm
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

Refugee Requiem

with Bao Phi, Patrick Rosal, and Sokunthary Svay

The struggle to topple Confederate statues around the country is a challenge to rewrite the textbook version of American history we’re supposed to believe in. Poets 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. Patrick Rosal—who the Academy of American Poets honored for writing the best book of poetry of the year—uncovers.. MORE

Fri, September 8, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with Giselle Buchanan, Daniel K. Isaac, Sonia Guiñansaca & and Kay Ulanday Barrett

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 Giselle Buchanan and Daniel K. Isaac. 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.. MORE

Thu, August 31, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

INFO SESSION: Open City Fellowships

with the editor of Open City

The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Project Grant Fellowship and the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship. If you are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and transporting readers to the creative subcultures of color in neighborhoods across Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, then consider applying for our Open City Fellowships! Come learn more and meet our editor at an information.. MORE

Thu, August 24, 2017 6:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Subjects of Interest

with Kamila Shamsie, Hirsh Sawhney, and Rozina Ali

How does private grief come to blend into today’s turbulent political landscape? For the South Asian families at the center of Kamila Shamsie and Hirsh Sawhney’s latest novels, the death of parents launches surviving family members into unexpected political terrain. In Shamsie’s Home Fire and Sawhney’s South Haven, grief blurs with anger, borders, and resurgent nationalism, complicating the families’ allegiances to their home countries and adopted homes in the West. Moderated by Rozina Ali,.. MORE

Mon, August 21, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St #600
New York, New York 10001

Workshop: Experimental Fiction

with Jade Sharma

Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Fridays, August 11th, August 18th, August 25th Fees & Payment Options: $150 General / $100 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. STUDENT RATE AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED SEATS Why you should take this class: You’ve got something special in the works but you keep running into walls. There’s a hidden flavor that you can’t quite name? Trying to remember that movie you watched how.. MORE

Fri, August 11, 2017 6:00pm to Fri, August 25, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, #600
New York, NY 10001

All That Glitters Is Gold

with Diksha Basu, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, & Jarry Lee

If you’re in the mood for an addictive and charming summer read, come hear authors Diksha Basu and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan read new novels about social climbing, love, and the drive to strike it rich. Basu’s The Windfall portrays the rise of the Delhi rich from the perspective of a nouveau riche family that’s just hit the Internet jackpot; the book made Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan laugh so.. MORE

Thu, August 10, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th #600
New York, New York 10001

Workshop: Protest Poetry

with Sally Wen Mao

Four Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Wednesdays August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd, August 30th Fees & Payment Options: $200 General / $180 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. Why you should take this class: Poet Sally Wen Mao, award-winning author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013, BOMB Magazine, Poetry, and more... MORE

Wed, August 9, 2017 7:00pm to Wed, August 30, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Screenwriting Workshop

with Darine Hotait

Four Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Tuesdays, August 8, August 15, August 22, and August 29 Fees & Payment Options: $220 General / $200 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of ten students. Why you should take this class: Writer & Director Darine Hotait bridges the gap between literature and cinema due to her genuine fascination and devotion to both. A mentor in numerous screenwriting workshops.. MORE

Tue, August 8, 2017 6:00pm to Tue, August 29, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Love is a Ghost

with Laurel Fantauzzo & Hossannah Asuncion

Come hear poet Hossannah Asuncion and nonfiction writer Laurel Fantauzzo write about the ghosts of love—the emotional distance it can create when the desired intimacy fails, and the ways love haunts the people who witnessed it, even when it's passed. With her debut poetry collection, Hossannah Asuncion’s Object Permanence uncovers a geography of longing and unfulfilled relationships—a startling contrast to contemporary narratives of an seamlessly interconnected, digitally mediated urban dating.. MORE

Fri, July 28, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Asian American Literature Festival: There Will Be Dragons

with 2017-2018 Asian American Writers' Workshop Margins Fellows Yanyi, Rami Karim, Kyle Lucia Wu, Mariam Bazeed moderated by Jyothi Natarajan

Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times are written by white writers. In a scintillating performance debut, the AAWW Margins Fellows will play with language to drag the literary institution and each other. They may come in drag. Dragons will be provided on request. RSVP HERE Note: This event will not be at the AAWW Event Space in New York City. The Asian American Writers' Workshop is the.. MORE

Fri, July 28, 2017 11:00am
The Phillips Collection & Dupont Underground
1600 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20009

Poetry Poetry VI

with Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tommy Pico

Join us for the sixth session of Poetry Poetry and hear readings by four thrilling poets: Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Tommy Pico. These poets are pushing the edges of poetic theory, form, and politics, interrogating the legacies of Asian American immigration, queer identity, settler colonialism, and racial trauma. If you can’t make it, make sure to watch our livestream on our Facebook page. RESERVE A.. MORE

Thu, July 27, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Character & Invention: New Short Story Collections

with Akhil Sharma, Kanishk Tharoor, & Meera Nair

Come hear the authors of two of this year’s most anticipated short story collections. The quotidian stories in Akhil Sharma’s new book simmer with a barely hidden, devastatingly emotional undercurrent?and have earned him comparisons to Chekov. Reminiscent of Calvino and Borges, Kanishk Tharoor’s lush and inventive collection ranges from science fiction to historical pastiche, delving into what is lost from environmental collapse and language loss. Moderated by author Meera Nair. .. MORE

Mon, July 17, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

with Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim, Anelise Chen, & Lisa Chen

Do you ever feel like your life is in a constant state of crisis? Do you feel like, nevertheless, you persist? Come see three thrilling experimental novelists whose new books are about pushing forward against life-killing forces, whether it’s capitalism, the political status quo, or more existential threats like grief and suicide. Novelists Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim, and Anelise Chen all navigate the universe of crisis--all with a touch.. MORE

Fri, July 14, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop, 6th Floor
112 W. 27th St.
New York, New York 10001

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?: A Conversation on Social Justice Arts Organizations In a Changing America

with ArtPlace America, Creative Capital, Fractured Atlas, United States Artists, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, & The Tate Group

Day 2 of WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts Given the pivotal role that cultural narratives play in deciding public policy and the fates of countless communities; the reversal of political momentum on immigrant, mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, and other issues; and the continuing threats to public arts funding, what will be different for organizations that work at.. MORE

Fri, July 14, 2017 6:30pm
The 8th Floor
17 W 17th Street, 8th FL
New York, NY 10011

Kanikapila Vegetarian Potluck

with Ishle Yi Park, Taiyo Na, and Friends

Come on out for a kanikapila vegetarian potluck -- an evening of music and poetry to fundraise for the recording of Ishle Yi Park's Bless Our Waters, her first musical CD in Hawaii with Na Hoku Award-winning Asian Pacific Islander musician & producer Kenneth Makuakane. Featuring Taiyo Na and other friends. To learn more and contribute to the album: https://www.gofundme.com/bless-our-waters-album?pc=em_co_shareflow_m&rcid=r01-149855820472-d3ac46b6e8cd44f8 SUGGESTED DRESS: ISLAND STYLE KANIKAPILA VEGETARIAN POTLUCK Poet and singer Ishle Yi Park’s.. MORE

Wed, July 5, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Celebrating Nick Joaquin

with Gina Apostol, Ninotchka Rosca, Alex Gilvarry, & Melissa R. Sipin

Celebrate the new edition of works by Nick Joaquin, one of the most important writers of the Philippines who is only now being published in the United States for the first time by Penguin Classics. Born in 1917, Joaquin wrote a surreal, anguished sentence that cast an ironic eye at colonialism’s longue durée and Catholic rites, both of which he depicted through magical realism and baroque splendor. We’ll feature readings.. MORE

Thu, June 29, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop, 6th Floor
112 W. 27th St.
New York, New York 10001

Desi Queer

with Rahul Mehta, SJ Sindu & Sreshtha Sen

Rahul Mehta and SJ Sindu read from debut novels featuring complex queer desi characters struggling to reconcile their gender and sexuality with the families they came from. Introduced by AAWW Board Member Manan Ahmed of Chapati Mystery and Columbia University. Moderated by Sreshtha Sen, former director of the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival and editor of the Shoreline Review in New Delhi. .. MORE

Sat, June 24, 2017 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Queer & Trans Spring Showcase: When the Chant Comes

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, Alan Pelaez

Spend the second to last Friday of Pride Month with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, & Alan Pelaez! Join us as we honor queer and trans voices, emphasize the importance of this month, and celebrate Kay’s first poetry collection When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope)! Featured in The Margins and a co-host of AAWW’s Mouth To Mouth Open Mic Series, Kay joins poets and performers on stage.. MORE

Fri, June 23, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Love and Korean Democracy

with Jimin Han, Grace Yoojin Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim

Join us for two Korean American novelists whose new novels interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics: Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, both born in Seoul. Both books follow university students, whether in the US and in Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate to the turbulent changes in South Korean society. President Park Chung-hee’s 1970s authoritarian industrialization lays in the background of Wuertz’s.. MORE

Thu, June 22, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

The Speculative Lyric: Alternate Universes and Imagined Freedoms

with Franny Choi

Two Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Mondays June 19th & June 26th Fees & Payment Options: $100 General / $80 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tracy Wong at twong@aaww.org for availability!* In the introduction to the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, Walidah Imarisha writes: “Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without.. MORE

Mon, June 19, 2017 7:00pm to Mon, June 26, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Vernacular as Resistance

with Marwa Helal

Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Wednesdays June 14th, June 21st, June 28th Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. *EARLY BIRD! Sign up before June 1st for $200 General / $180 AAWW Members* *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tracy Wong at twong@aaww.org for availability!* What is vernacular literature? What is its role in dismantling the oppressor’s language and.. MORE

Wed, June 14, 2017 6:00pm to Wed, June 28, 2017 9:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Periodically Speaking: Immigrant Voices

with Nicole Dennis-Benn, Porochista Khakpour, Esther Lin, & Jyothi Natarajan

Join the New York Public Library for the next Periodically Speaking, featuring four outstanding writers, editors, and teachers in conversation about literature, immigration, and the literary life. The world is changing for immigrants in the arts in 2017. How are stories of immigration impacting literature? Who is telling these stories and where can they be read? What does it mean to be an immigrant writer in America today? .. MORE

Tue, June 13, 2017 6:00pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Leibman Berger Forum
476 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor Rm 227
New York, New York 10018

Lo-Fi Love Songs

with Don Lee, Andrew Choi of St. Lenox, & Jen Kwok

Don Lee reads from his new novel about the heartbreak and failures of a Korean American singer-songwriter, whose life takes a turn when he encounters an old flame, Lonesome Lies Before Us (W.W.. Norton 2017). Marlon James calls it a “wonderfully lyrical novel,” whose loving portraits of “beautiful losers” serves as an “allegory for the faded dream of America itself.” Featuring a performance by Andrew Choi, the indie pop musician.. MORE

Mon, June 12, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Dispatches from the Ministry of Truth

with Sheba Karim, Abeer Hoque, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Sofija Stefanovic, Youmna Chlala, & OHYUNG

*This event does not take place at AAWW. On the publication anniversary of George Orwell’s 1984, come listen to performances by Swati Khurana, Abeer Hoque, Sheba Karim, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Sofija Stefanovic, Youmna Chlala and OHYUNG about truth, love, and other tortures. June 8 is also World Oceans Day and there will be sea themed trivia to win one of the authors' books! $5 suggested donation with all proceeds going to.. MORE

Thu, June 8, 2017 7:00pm
61 Local
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Visualizing Vietnam

with Thi Bui, An-My Lê, & Anne Ishii

Come see two artists interrogating the visual narratives of the Vietnam war and refugee experience: MacArthur “Genius” An-My Lê and graphic novelist Thi Bui. Lê’s images depict re-enactments of the Vietnam War and play-scenarios of US Marines fighting a Middle Eastern war in California, creating a liminal space between documentary and staged and photography, history and fiction. Thi Bui’s The Best We Can Do: An Illustrated Memoir tells the story.. MORE

Fri, June 2, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

with YaliniDream, Aldrin Valdez, Sonia Guiñansaca, & Kay Ulanday Barrett

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 YaliniDream and Aldrin Valdez. 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, May 31, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10001

White People & Asian Dropouts

with Lisa Ko, Ed Lin, Zohra Saed, and Jade Sharma

Are you in touch with your inner Asian American rebel or underachiever? Is Jordan Peele’s Get Out your new favorite movie? Come hear Lisa Ko read from her debut novel, The Leavers, the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. The book tells the story of an undocumented Chinese immigrant mother and her son, who struggles.. MORE

Thu, May 25, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

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