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September 24, 2021 , 7:00 PM
AAWW AT 30: MUSLIM REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA
Aman Ali, Zeshawn Ali, Aizzah Fatima, Sahar Jahani, Adam Gagan
RSVP HERE! Twenty years after 9/11, leading Muslim screenwriters come together to discuss the state of Muslim American representation onscreen. Panelists will wrestle with the multi-faceted challenges of representing a tremendously diverse population, exploring how far we've come and, just as critically, how far we still have to go. Featuring...
March 26, 2019 , 6:30 PM
MAGNOLIA SEASON: BUILDING YOUR CREATIVE TOOLKIT
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...
July 12, 2018 , 7:00 PM
READING & WRITING RESISTANCE
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...
April 22, 2018 , 3:00 PM
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...
April 14, 2018 , 4:00 PM
NO-NAME MIND: STORIES OF MENTAL HEALTH FROM ASIAN AMERICA, A WORKSHOP
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...
May 22, 2015 , 6:30 PM
WRITERS-IN-PROGRESS: FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
***This class is now full*** Seven Fridays from May 22 to July 3, 2015, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Fees & Payment Options: Full: $350 General / $300 Members Full payment due before first class. Deposit: $100 General / $85 Members Deposit due before first class. Remainder due by Friday, June...
May 8, 2014 , 6:30 PM
THE MARGINS AND OPEN CITY FELLOWSHIPS - INFORMATION SESSION
the editors of The Margins and Open City
In case you missed it, we're now accepting applications for two different fellowships at AAWW associated with our online magazines, Open City and The Margins.
May 7, 2014 , 7:00 PM
METROPOLE II: RATS AND COMEDY
Amitava Kumar, Uday Prakash, Valeria Luiselli, Jason Grunebaum moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Sometimes the only way into the heart of a city, with its layers of history and teeming populace, is through the overlooked detail, the back-alley tale, the surreal. In A Matter of Rats, Amitava Kumar offers a sensitive portrait of his hometown Patna, using city's rat infestation as a entry...
April 17, 2014 , 7:00 PM
TWINS AND POP STARS
Tom Cho, Eugene Lim
Meet a grandma named Bruce, an occasional Godzilla, and Whitney Houston's bodyguard/lover. Tom Cho's Look Who’s Morphing was published to acclaim in Australia and shortlisted for multiple literary awards—including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book—and has been studied at universities in Canada, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Japan. It is finally...
February 20, 2014 , 6:30 PM
SWIMMING IN DYSTOPIA
Chang-rae Lee and Catherine Chung
Chang-rae Lee's new novel On Such A Full Sea is what you might call a post-post-apocalyptic novel. The world has already ended, the environment already ravaged beyond belief. And that’s when things get interesting. The novel follows Fan, a diminutive fishtank diver and descendant from the settlers from New China,...
October 10, 2013 , 7:00 PM
GUERNICA AND THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY'S RACE IN PUBLISHING DISCUSSION SERIES: NON FICTION EDITION
Jamilah King, Kiese Laymon, Ken Chen & Lisa Lucas
You're invited to join as Brooklyn Public Library and Guernica present the first of a series of three discussions on race in publishing. In June, Guernica published a themed issue exploring Race in America, with an investment in helping to create meaningful conversation, broaden our community, and develop actionable steps...
April 24, 2013 , 6:00 PM
READ ALOUD: IMMIGRANTS & CLASS, WITH KDP & ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP
Rishi Nath, Humera Afridi, and Sukjong Hong
In partnership with TC's Kappa Delta Pi and the Asian American Writers' Workshop we will host a read-aloud of provocative writings on Immigrants and Class. The creative work of fellows of the Asian American Writers Workshop calls to our attention different circumstances, thoughts, and experiences of Asian immigrants and how it relates to class in...
March 4, 2013 , 7:00 PM
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: WRITING MEMOIR AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FICTION
Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship and self-aggrandizement. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Through original writing exercises, we will learn literary techniques including character, dialogue, setting and story arc. In our writing, we will draw upon both the truths and lies of our experience because our lives are too rich not to write about and our imaginations are too strong to ignore. All levels of writers are welcome.
December 3, 2012 , 7:00 PM
NEW DATE: RESPONDING TO DISASTER IN WORKING-CLASS NEW YORK: HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFTER HURRICANE SANDY
Jason Chan, Bethany Li, Alisa Pizarro, Damaris Reyes, and Garrett Wright
Join longtime activists, advocates, writers, and photographers to discuss the effects of natural disasters and poverty on low-income communities of color in New York City. Panelists include: Jason Chan, Organizer, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities Bethany Li, Staff Attorney, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Alisa Pizarro, Public Housing Resident...
June 1, 2012 , 8:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH OPEN MIC (SPECIAL ASK AN ASIAN EDITION)
Jeff Yang & Trevor Zhou
Leave your dancing monkey at home and meet Spike Lee/Jonah Hill collaborator Trevor Zhou and Mr. Asian America, Jeff Yang of The Wall Street Journal. Trevor is the face of Verizon FiOS and starring in Spike Lee's The Girl is in Trouble and the upcoming 20th Century Fox feature The...
May 18, 2012 , 8:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH OPEN MIC
Nora Chau & Cihan Kaan
Take a load off and join special guests Nora Chau and Cihan Kaan at our next rib-tickling Mouth to Mouth event. Nora Chau- Ma-Yi Writer's Lab member and ABC/Disney New Talent Screenwriting grant recipient- will mystify you with her unique brand of vaudevillian storytelling 'til your jaw drops and your eyes bulge. Award-winning video artist and...
May 14, 2012 , 7:00 PM
Cathy Park Hong, Young Jean Lee, & Monica Youn
Join us for our inaugural edition of Bricolage, our salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where your favorite authors and artists present the images that have been haunting their writing. We have an incredible line-up of critically-acclaimed artists to kick off the first Bricolage. You’ll be serenaded by cowboy ballads, nostalgic for beloved...
May 12, 2012 , 6:00 PM
WHODUNNIT IN CHINATOWN
Ed Lin & Cindy Cheung
Join us for our first ever husband-and-wife reading to celebrate the release of One Red Bastard, the novel. Ed Lin's sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can’t Run and the latest installment of the Robert Chow series about the travails of a Chinatown beat cop in 1976 New York City....
May 3, 2012 , 6:00 PM
UNDOCUNATION: AN EVENING WITH ARTISTS FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE
Favianna Rodriguez, Jeff Chang, Daniel Alarcón, Laughter Against the Machine, & Others
CultureStrike coordinator Favianna Rodriguez teams up with other creative minds for UndocuNation: An Artistic Response to the Immigration Crisis. With talks, food, revelry and rabble-rousing, the event offers “an evening of culture jamming, visual art, and performances addressing the devastating consequences of our country’s broken immigration system.” Sponsored by CultureStrike,...
April 27, 2012 , 7:00 PM
Tan Lin, Pamela Lu, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Dorothy Wang, and Lucy Ives
Join us for a night of ambient poetics with three experimental writers who probe the relationship between art-making and found technologies from parking garage reverberations to the neon glow of TV broadcasts. Treat your ears to Tan Lin’s Insomnia and the Aunt, Pamela Lu’s Ambient Parking Lot, and Sueyeun Juliette...
April 21, 2012 , 7:00 PM
Mirza Waheed, Angana P. Chatterji, & Kanishka Raja
Once known for its majestic snow-capped Himalayas, Kashmir now hosts a militarized hotbed of insurgency and conflict between India, Pakistan, and China. Join us for an inter-disciplinary dialogue between three guests whose work shed light on Kashmir’s complex identity. You’ll hear stories of pre-partition India, lyrical accounts of village life,...
April 19, 2012 , 6:30 PM
COMEDY SMACK-DOWN AT QUEENS COLLEGE
Negin Farsad, Jen Kwok, & Sheng Wang
Come join us for an Asian American all-star comedy festival! AAWW favorite Jen Kwok, the velvety voice that brought you Date an Asian and Ballad of the Tiger Mom, will bring her ukulele and extraordinary talent. Relish the sharp stylings of Sheng Wang, who won top honors at NBC Universal's...
April 16, 2012 , 6:30 PM
LIFE AFTER THE MFA
Robert Casper, Ken Chen, Mya Spalter, Patrick Ryan, and Sarah LaPolla
A discussion with Robert Casper, Ken Chen, Mya Spalter, Patrick Ryan, and Sarah LaPolla. Robert Casper is the head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. He is also publisher of the literary magazine, jubilat, and co-founder of the jubilat/Jones Reading Series in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ken...
April 13, 2012 , 8:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH OPEN MIC
Chris Grace and ManSee Kong
We know- we can't believe it's time for another one of our lavishly funny Open Mics! This month we are delighted to host talented singer/songwriter Chris Grace as well as sassy documentarian ManSee Kong. Chris's seductive vocals will knock you flat and ManSee Kong’s sharp chops will glue you to...
April 9, 2012 , 7:00 PM
Krys Lee & Alexander Chee
Krys Lee’s debut short story collection, Drifting House, explores the heartbreaking forgings of Korean identity in the wake of war and economic collapse. Haunted by their tragic past, Lee’s cast of characters include a spurned wife who seeks to rescue her kidnapped daughter in America and a tenant who believes...
April 5, 2012 , 6:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS' WORKSHOP & CAVE CANEM PRESENT
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Tamiko Beyer, Robin Coste Lewis, & Metta Sama
Join us for our sixth annual collaboration between Asian American Writers' Workshop and Cave Canem featuring the dynamic talent from four all-star female poets! Winner of two American Book Awards, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge molds language with her keen sensibility for visual art. Characteristic of her style is a lush mix of...
April 4, 2012 , 7:00 PM
DRAGGLAM: BOOK LAUNCH FOR LYSLEY TENORIO'S MONSTRESS
Lysley Tenorio & Nita Noveno
Join us in celebration of Lysley Tenorio's Monstress, a dazzling debut short-story collection featuring lepers, healers, and celebrities going incognito. Monstress alternates between the Philippines and San Francisco, where we encounter a Filipino B-movie horror actress from the 1960s striving for chance at stardom, a transgender sibling’s revelation at his...
March 27, 2012 , 7:00 PM
AFTER 1989: I LOVE THE 90S
Sophia Chang, Carolina González, dream hampton, Vijay Prashad, Rinku Sen, John Kuo-Wei Tchen
DJ hit replay! Or shall we manually rewind this nostalgic cassette tape with a discerning finger to your favorite awkward 1990s multiculti blunders? The '90s gave us “Sister Souljah moments,” the OJ Simpson hearings, the rise of xenophobic legislation (Prop 187 and 209), and homophobic punditry on national television (Jerry...
March 22, 2012 , 11:30 AM
POETRY AS ACTIVISM, ACTIVISM AS POETRY: POETIC INTERVENTIONS IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
Ken Chen, Jennifer Karmin, Philip Metres, Mark Nowak, & Jonathan Skinner
How can poets mobilize poetry as a change agent? These poets demonstrate the ways that the arts can contribute to the defense of the environment, workers, and oppose war. Philip Metres will discuss the ways in which projects such as Peace Show (Cleveland) and the “Stories of War and Peace...
March 21, 2012 , 7:00 PM
AFTER 1989: ARE ASIANS BLACK?: LA RIOTS, MODEL MINORITIES, AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Lisa Arrastia, Paul Beatty, Anne Chang, Eddie Huang, Nicholas Lemann, & Wesley Yang
We all think we know the answer to this question--Asians are not black, right? But in the nineteenth century, one California court actually determined that Chinese Americans were black--since they were not, after all, white. This panel--titled after Janine Young Kim’s seminal essay, itself a ‘90s product--discusses how Asians and...
March 16, 2012 , 7:00 PM
AFTER 1989: WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?: INTEGRATION, ASSIMILATION, AND FANTASIES OF AMERICAN SOCIETY
Kazembe Balagun, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Jeff Chang, Hua Hsu, Hiram Perez, Jay Smooth, & Salamishah Tillet
Two decades ago, Rodney King famously asked, “Why can’t we all just get along?” The question might as well have served as the defining question of the multicultural moment, in which the US attempted to dream about what a pluralistic society would look like--from GOP Family Values to the black...
March 9, 2012 , 4:00 PM
HOW TO WRITE YOUR TRUE STORY: PROSE POETRY
Torn between poetry and fiction? Wandering in a world of metaphors and similes? Aching to capture your family's stories, but just can't make it "write"? Join us and National Book Award winner Thanhha Lai, for an in depth look at prose poetry. Lai is the author of Inside Out and...
March 8, 2012 , 7:00 PM
AFTER 1989: WHITE NOISE: VANILLA ICE, GRUNGE, AND STUFF WHITE PEOPLE LIKE
Dan Charnas, Christian Lander, David Roediger, Reihan Salam, Neela Vaswani, Jamia Wilson, Negin Farsad
Titled after Don DeLillo’s White Noise, in which identity politics reaches its reductio ad absurdum in a Hitler Studies department, our second AFTER 1989 installment explores the curious phenomenon of white ethnic identity in the 1990s. Think back to a time when Bill Clinton was called the “first African American...
March 6, 2012 , 7:00 PM
BOOK PARTY FOR HARI KUNZRU'S "GODS WITHOUT MEN"
Hari Kunzru & Amitava Kumar
Last month, authors Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar caused an international controversy. They did so by reading aloud from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. The book is banned in India for its controversial portrayal of Muslims, and Rushdie himself had called off a visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival in...
March 5, 2012 , 7:00 PM
AFTER 1989: WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RACE?: THE CANON, PC AND RACIST SHOW-AND-TELL
Harold Augenbraum, Roberto Bedoya, Sacha Jenkins, Ashok Kondabolu, Jefferson Mao, Latoya Peterson, Himanshu Suri, Thuy Linh Tu, Victor Vazquez
Much of ‘90s multiculturalism was less about race than inventing polite ways to talk about racial taboos. Terms like “diversity” and “political correctness” blunted the unsavory aspects of dealing with racism, even as the right struggled to make English the national language and tamp down transgressive art, multicultural threats to...
March 3, 2012 , 3:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN POETRY: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE WITH NEELANJANA BANERJEE, VICTORIA CHANG, KEN CHEN, TIMOTHY YU, AND SRIKANTH REDDY
Neelanjana Banerjee, Victoria Chang, Ken Chen, Timothy Yu, & Srikanth Reddy
Marilyn Chin said: ‘Our poetry is not a static enterprise but a thriving, historical progression.’ As we look at Asian American poetry today, much as changed, yet much has stayed the same. This panel will feature a group of diverse literary critics, anthologists, and poets in a vibrant discussion to...
March 2, 2012 , 8:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH OPEN MIC
Annie Choi & Leah Winkler
The next installment of our blindingly fun Mouth to Mouth Open Mic is here! Brave the mad March weather to hear Leah Winkler and Annie Choi at our monthly party. Leah, a current member of Youngblood Theater Company, is a talented playwright and director. The New York Times praised her...
March 2, 2012 , 12:00 PM
WORKS IN PROGRESS MIXTAPE: KEN CHEN, DON LEE, NAMI MUN, AND PRAGEETA SHARMA
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma, & Nami Mun
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma, and Nami Mun read new work and the life behind their literature: private writing rituals; relationships with mentors and peers; favorite books, songs on iTunes repeat and performance-enhancing alcoholic drinks; social media and other procrastination devices. Ask nicely and they’ll talk about writing as...
February 24, 2012 , 7:00 PM
"REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE" IN QUEENS
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs & Grace Cho
Bringing together the best of two worlds -- poetry and noraebang --"Real Karaoke People" is a literary reading/karaoke event that will harmonize, shake, split, and excavate the deeper musical notes of diasporic narratives centered on community, family, the romantic, and immigration. Inspired by Ed Bok Lee’s Real Karaoke People, this...
February 16, 2012 , 7:00 PM
AMAR CHITRA KATHA
Monica Ferrell, Chitra Ganesh, Keshni Kashyap, & Himanshu “Heems” Suri of Das Racist
Does your knowledge about the Ramayana come entirely from comics your mom bought you from Jackson Heights? Or are you a comic book fan interested in engaging with one of the bestselling comics in both Asia and the world? Party down with the Workshop’s tribute to Amar Chitra Katha, the...
February 12, 2012 , 3:00 PM
"LOVE & SOLIDARITY IN QUEENS"
Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, & Lara Stapleton
Does Valentine’s Day have you all atwitter? Ease into your “mahal kita” with an afternoon of stellar performances from acclaimed Filipino poets and writers. The featured performances from Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton, as well as performances from Filipino community...
February 6, 2012 , 6:45 PM
"FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE": A POETRY WORKSHOP
Add power to your poetic punches and fleetness to your formal footwork. These classes will focus on adding techniques, tension, and twists to your expressive toolbox. Specific classes will focus on landing leaps, torquing turns, and the uses and abuses of certain voids. There will be a weekly writing assignment...
February 3, 2012 , 8:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH LUNAR NEW YEAR OPEN MIC
Carla Ching & Angel Yau
Not ready for the New Year festivities to end just yet? Celebrate the Lunar New Year with hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok at our first open mic of 2012, featuring the brilliantly funny sketch comedian Angel Yau, who has performed at the NYC Underground Comedy Festival and the Upright...
February 3, 2012 , 4:15 PM
HOW TO BE A PERFORMANCE POET
YaliniDream & Kilusan Bautista
Are you a high school or college student who wants to be a writer? Or just someone who’s ever wanted to grab the mic? Come join two incredible artists as they show you the ropes of performance and spoken word poetry. YaliniDream artfully weaves her spoken word with music and...
September 14, 2011 , 7:30 PM
CULTURESTRIKE ARTS FESTIVAL
Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, Jessica Hagedorn, Cesar Maxit, and many more
Join us for the CultureStrike festival: a series of free public arts workshops followed by a free outdoor festival featuring writers and artists from the CultureStrike delegation. CultureStrike Arts Workshops Free to the public! Wednesday, September 14, 4-6PM For the latest information, go to http://www.wordstrike.net/ Artists, Social Media, and Social Justice The...
May 12, 2011 , 7:00 PM
INTIMATE RESISTANCES: A DIALOGUE WITH WOMEN MEMOIRISTS
Supriya Bhatnagar, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Jasmin Darznik
How has the form of memoir been utilized by women writers? What can memoir tell us about history? From 1970s Iran to 1900s China, these are the stories of exceptional women. Jasmin Darznik weaves the experiences of three generations of Iranian women to reflect on their struggle against political and...
August 20, 2010 , 9:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH OPEN MIC
Brownstar and Jaed Coffin
Alabama’s got us so upset, Tennessee’s made us lose our rest, and now everybody knows about Arizona! Spoken word duo Brownstar and memoirist Jaed Coffin, led by hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok, will perform in response to SB 1070 and The Workshop’s WORDSTRIKE: Writers’ Boycott of Arizona. Bring your stories of...
August 14, 2010 , 11:00 PM
The Brownstar Revolution
Commencing at 11 pm on Saturday, August 14 (Pakistan's Independence Day) and continuing into the early morning hours of August 15 (India's Independence Day), UNIFICATION 2010 celebrates 63 years of independence and the voices of talented, socially conscious South Asian/American artists. With performances by DJ Rekha, The Kominas, Hari Kondabolu,...
July 27, 2010 , 12:00 AM
OPEN CITY: GENTRIFICATION
Fay Chiang and Peter Kwong
Galleries, luxury condos, displacement, rezoning, affordable housing, neighborhood preservation. These are a few keywords in the active and ongoing conversation about gentrification, development, and urban change more broadly. But what is the role of writing in the face of this kind of urban change? Two activists, scholar Peter Kwong of Hunter College/CUNY...
July 23, 2010 , 9:00 PM
MOUTH TO MOUTH OPEN MIC
Sung J. Woo and Ali Wong
Exhausted from having to walk around under the summer sun? Escape the heat with our sixth Open Mic of the year. This week we feature author Sung J. Woo whose short story "Limits" was an Editor's Choice winner in Carve Magazine's2008 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and academic-turned-comedian Ali Wong whose...