Upcoming Signature Events

December 1, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] THE TRAUMA OF CASTE: A DALIT-FEMINIST LED CELEBRATION & DISCUSSION

Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Pabitra Dash, Mimi Mondal, John Boopalan, Dhanya Addanki


RSVP HERE In December, we'll convene a A Dalit feminist-led celebration and discussion of Thenmozhi Soundararajan's anticipated new book, The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition featuring Thenmozhi Soundararajan (the @DalitDiva), John Boopalan, Pabitra Dash, and Mimi Mondal, and moderated by Dhanya Addanki. Purchase a...

Past Signature Events

[VIRTUAL] In Celebration of COCOON: Zhang Yueran, Jeremy Tiang, and Jade Song

October 19, 2022 , 9:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CELEBRATION OF COCOON: ZHANG YUERAN, JEREMY TIANG, AND JADE SONG

Zhang Yueran, Jeremy Tiang, Jade Song


RSVP HERE! / 在这里预约注册 This October, the Asian American Writers' Workshop will convene a bilingual virtual celebration of Zhang Yueran's novel Cocoon, translated by Jeremy Tiang. We'll be joined by both the author and translator, as well as artist and author Jade Song, for readings from the book in Chinese and English, and...

[VIRTUAL] In Celebration of: The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes, and Mourning Songs

October 13, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CELEBRATION OF: THE FUTURE IS DISABLED: PROPHECIES, LOVE NOTES, AND MOURNING SONGS

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson


RSVP HERE On October 13th, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop celebrates The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes, and Mourning Songs (Arsenal Pulp Press, October 22), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s highly anticipated collection of essays. An expansion of Leah’s prolific book Care Work (Arsenal Pulp, 2018), Leah asks, “What if disability...

[VIRTUAL] Martial Law at 50: To Remember Is to Resist

September 20, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] MARTIAL LAW AT 50: TO REMEMBER IS TO RESIST


This event will be streamed on the Asian American Writers' Workshop YouTube page. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents readings and performances curated by 2022 Open City Fellow Vina Orden in remembrance of a dark period in the history of the Philippines. 50 years ago, on September 21, 1972, dictator...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: No'u Revilla and Julian Aguon

August 16, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: NO'U REVILLA AND JULIAN AGUON

No'u Revilla, Julian Aguon


RSVP HERE!  This August, the Asian American Writers' Workshop joins Milkweed Editions in celebrating No'u Revilla's debut collection Ask the Brindled, which was selected by poet Rick Barot as a winner of the 2021 National Poetry Series. Praised by Craig Santos Perez as "an astonishing addition to the canon (or canoe)...

[LIVE] In Conversation: Dur e Aziz Amna and Sarah Thankam Mathews

August 10, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[LIVE] IN CONVERSATION: DUR E AZIZ AMNA AND SARAH THANKAM MATHEWS

Dur e Aziz Amna, Sarah Thankam Mathews


RSVP HERE! Debut novelists Dur e Aziz Amna (American Fever) and Sarah Thankam Mathews (All This Could Be Different) will join us this August with readings from their books, and conversation on community, otherness, and writing immigrant futures in twenty-first century America. We ask that you respect the following COVID-19...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Jamil Jan Kochai and Karan Mahajan

July 19, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: JAMIL JAN KOCHAI AND KARAN MAHAJAN

Jamil Jan Kochai, Karan Mahajan


RSVP HERE! This July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together authors Jamil Jan Kochai and Karan Mahajan to discuss and celebrate Jamil's debut short story collection, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories. A luminous exploration of the Afghan diaspora and modern-day Afghanistan, these stories trace the wounds...

[LIVE] I WANT SKY in New York: A reading for Sarah Hegazi

June 27, 2022 , 6:30 PM

[LIVE] I WANT SKY IN NEW YORK: A READING FOR SARAH HEGAZI


RSVP HERE! In celebration of the life of Sarah Hegazi, two years after her tragic death, join us for a loving Pride reading in New York. Guest editor Mariam Bazeed will be joined by authors from the special tribute publication I Want Sky to read in a garden space for...

[VIRTUAL] PAGE TURNER 2022 – The AAWW Publishing Conference

June 18, 2022 , 9:30 AM

[VIRTUAL] PAGE TURNER 2022 – THE AAWW PUBLISHING CONFERENCE


This summer, we are thrilled to be presenting PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop Publishing Conference, a signature program that we’ll present virtually, all-day on Saturday, June 18. Our publishing conference will center the work and experiences of writers of color, and aims to demystify the often opaque business...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Joseph Han and Crystal Hana Kim

June 14, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: JOSEPH HAN AND CRYSTAL HANA KIM

Joseph Han, Crystal Hana Kim


RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers' Workshop presents a virtual book launch event for Joseph Han's debut novel, Nuclear Family. An occasionally hilarious, and deeply moving story about family and history, this is a "moving exploration of the losses we inherit, the continual violence of borders, and the embodiedness of history"...

[VIRTUAL] Our Existence is a Rebellion

May 19, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] OUR EXISTENCE IS A REBELLION

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Sanam Sheriff, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Yashica Dutt, Hala Alyan, Kazim Ali, Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Bao Phi, Rajiv Mohabir, Seema Reza, Mahogany L. Browne, Sahar Romani, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Tina Zafreen Alam, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Taiyo Na, Divya Victor, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Hawa Amin-Arsala, Tara Betts, Zeyn Joukhadar, Fariha Róisín, Faisal Mohyuddin, Dilruba Ahmed, Tanaïs, Zeina Hashem Beck, Yalini Dream, Husnaa Hashim, Arshia Haq, Ladan Osman, Tarfia Faizullah, Walidah Imarisha, Turiya Autry, Thenmozhi Soundarajan, Sonny Singh


The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in collaboration with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, presents a special reading event to spread awareness about the terrifying and dangerous situation unfolding in India with the threat of fascism endangering the lives of many caste oppressed people, indigenous communities, and those from marginalized religions in India. We...

[VIRTUAL] Stories of the Future: Diasporic Literary Community on Campus

May 6, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] STORIES OF THE FUTURE: DIASPORIC LITERARY COMMUNITY ON CAMPUS

Silayan Camson, Jerrica Li, Ruchi Shah, Amy Zhang, Jyothi Natarajan, Meg Young


RSVP HERE! This May, in collaboration with Barnard College’s arts and literary magazine Echoes, we are gathering a panel of academic and student leaders to discuss the role of diasporic on-campus literary communities in mobilizing and giving form — but never definition — to the elusive notion of “Asian America.”...

[LIVE] Launch Party: The Immortal King Rao

May 5, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[LIVE] LAUNCH PARTY: THE IMMORTAL KING RAO

Vauhini Vara, Tony Tulathimutte, Anthony Ha, Anna North


RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers' Workshop presents a celebration of author and journalist Vauhini Vara's debut novel, The Immortal King Rao, with a reading and conversation at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. This highly anticipated novel is a "form-inventing, genre-exploding triumph" (R. O. Kwon), and Vauhini will be joined in...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Louisa Lim and Gina Chua

April 19, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: LOUISA LIM AND GINA CHUA

Louisa Lim, Gina Chua


RSVP HERE! Award-winning journalist and devoted Hong Konger Louisa Lim will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop for a virtual event celebrating the publication of her newest title, Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong. Indelible City is both a battle cry and a love letter to a complex...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Lisa Hsiao Chen and Anelise Chen

April 13, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: LISA HSIAO CHEN AND ANELISE CHEN

Lisa Hsiao Chen, Anelise Chen


RSVP HERE! This April, the Asian American Writers' Workshop will convene writers Lisa Hsiao Chen and Anelise Chen in conversation to celebrate the publication of Lisa's debut novel, Activities of Daily Living. A deeply moving novel exploring the connections between working and living, this is a "beguiling and brilliant meditation on what...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Mai Al-Nakib and Noor Naga

April 12, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: MAI AL-NAKIB AND NOOR NAGA

Mai Al-Nakib, Noor Naga, Ghinwa Jawhari


RSVP HERE! This April, the Asian American Writers' Workshop will be joined by authors Mai Al-Nakib and Noor Naga, who will read from their forthcoming books An Unlasting Home and If An Egyptian Cannot Speak English. Meditating on literature by and for Arab women, they'll be joined in conversation by former AAWW...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Eric Kim and Mayukh Sen

April 7, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: ERIC KIM AND MAYUKH SEN

Eric Kim, Mayukh Sen


RSVP HERE!  New York Times staff writer Eric Kim joins the Asian American Writers' Workshop to celebrate and discuss the stories and recipes included in his first cookbook, Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home. Kim will be joined in conversation by James Beard award-winning writer Mayukh Sen (Taste Makers:...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Sindya Bhanoo and Thrity Umrigar

March 15, 2022 , 8:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: SINDYA BHANOO AND THRITY UMRIGAR

Sindya Bhanoo, Thrity Umrigar, Shruti Swamy


RSVP HERE! Authors Sindya Bhanoo (Seeking Fortune Elsewhere) and Thrity Umrigar (Honor) will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop this March to read from and discuss their work. Their haunting, intimate, and unforgettable fiction illuminates the lives of women in India and the wider the Indian diaspora, from Tamil Nadu...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Lan Samantha Chang and Sarah Thankam Mathews

February 17, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: LAN SAMANTHA CHANG AND SARAH THANKAM MATHEWS

Lan Samantha Chang, Sarah Thankam Mathews


RSVP HERE Join Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in conversation with former AAWW Margins Fellow and debut novelist Sarah Thankam Mathews to celebrate her new novel, The Family Chao, a literary mystery centered on a Chinese-American family set in a small town in Wisconsin. This event...

[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Sequoia Nagamatsu and Kim Fu

February 10, 2022 , 7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] IN CONVERSATION: SEQUOIA NAGAMATSU AND KIM FU

Sequoia Nagamatsu, Kim Fu


RSVP HERE Join us in celebrating two highly anticipated February releases: Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark and Kim Fu’s Lesser Known Monsters of the Twentieth Century. Nagamatsu and Fu will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop to discuss the ways their work blurs the boundary between the...

In Conversation: Jessamine Chan, Jean Chen Ho, Weike Wang

February 4, 2022 , 7:00 PM

IN CONVERSATION: JESSAMINE CHAN, JEAN CHEN HO, WEIKE WANG

Jessamine Chan, Jean Chen Ho, Weike Wang


RSVP HERE This February, we're welcoming a powerhouse line-up of Asian American novelists to the Workshop's virtual stage, featuring Jessamine Chan, Jean Chen Ho, and Weike Wang in conversation on their highly anticipated 2022 releases, The School for Good Mothers, Fiona and Jane, and Joan is Okay. Jessamine, Jean, and Weike...

Tell Me How to Be

December 7, 2021 , 7:00 PM

TELL ME HOW TO BE

Neel Patel, Abdi Nazemian


RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate the launch of Neel Patel's debut novel, Tell Me How to Be, with a reading and 1:1 author conversation with Neel. This "daring, hilarious, poignant" (Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) story of the bond between an Indian-American mother...

Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea

December 3, 2021 , 7:00 PM

REMEMBERING OUR INTIMACIES: MOʻOLELO, ALOHA ʻĀINA, AND EA

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Terisa Siagatonu, Noenoe Silva


RSVP HERE! In December we will convene a panel of Pacific Islander poets, activists, and scholars to discuss the driving forces behind their work, and their connections to Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio's forthcoming book  Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea. Incorporating discussions of their creative work and scholarship, our...

Win Me Something

November 13, 2021 , 1:00 PM

WIN ME SOMETHING

Kyle Lucia Wu, T Kira Madden, Pik-Shuen Fung, Yanyi


RSVP HERE! Join us this November for a celebration of former AAWW Margins Fellow Kyle Lucia Wu and her newly released novel, Win Me Something, a self-aware bildungsroman with a deep yearning for belonging, revealing chasms and the malleability of deep-seated relationships. Kyle will be joined in conversation with authors T...

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

November 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM

TASTE MAKERS: SEVEN IMMIGRANT WOMEN WHO REVOLUTIONIZED FOOD IN AMERICA

Mayukh Sen and Monique Truong


Join us as we celebrate Mayukh Sen’s new book, Taste Makers, which brings forward the stories of seven immigrant women whose legacies are complicated and often erased, despite their outsized global influence on food. Their histories unwrap, layer by layer, issues of labor, immigration and gender. Mayukh will be joined in conversation by novelist Monique Truong.

A Love Letter to New York City: 2021 Open City Fellows Final Reading

October 28, 2021 , 7:00 PM

A LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK CITY: 2021 OPEN CITY FELLOWS FINAL READING

Aaisha Bhuiyan, Ayesha Islam, Jessica Jacolbe, Lylla Younes, Teresa Mathew, Hannah Bae, Noel Pangilinan


RSVP HERE! This October, join us for a celebratory reading with our 2021 Open City Fellows, as they read from, and discuss the work they have completed over the course of their Fellowship term. We’ll hear from Open City Neighborhood Fellows Jessica Jacolbe and Teresa Mathew, who have been documenting...

AAWW at 30: Different Versions of Home

October 27, 2021 , 7:00 PM

AAWW AT 30: DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF HOME

Jafreen Uddin, Snighda Sur, Cathy Linh Che, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis


For AAWW at 30, we'll celebrate with leaders of major Asian American organizations and publications the importance of finding a space of our own plus the literal and figurative definitions of home. Moderated by Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman, the panel features our very own Jafreen Uddin, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, and Snigdha Sur of The Juggernaut.

Becoming The Archer: Rachna Nivas & Shruti Swamy

October 14, 2021 , 7:00 PM

BECOMING THE ARCHER: RACHNA NIVAS & SHRUTI SWAMY

Rachna Nivas, Shruti Swamy, Ria DasGupta


AAWW in collaboration with the Leela Dance Collective presents BECOMING THE ARCHER: a conversation on classical dance and literature between world renowned Kathak artist Rachna Nivas and author of The Archer Shruti Swamy.

Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes

October 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM

CONCEPCION: AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY'S FORTUNES

Albert Samaha, Matt Ortile


Join us to celebrate Albert Samaha's powerful new release, Concepcion. This intimate and incisive memoir explores the unjust legacy of imperialism in the Philippines and the pursuit of a dream through the lens of the author's family migration history. Albert will be joined in conversation by writer and editor, Matt Ortile.

Names for Light: A Family History

September 14, 2021 , 5:00 PM

NAMES FOR LIGHT: A FAMILY HISTORY

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Sunisa Manning


RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint's lyric memoir, Names for Light: A Family History, with Thirii and author Sunisa Manning (A Good True Thai). Discussing memory, family, and legacies of postcolonial violence in Southeast Asia, our panel will illuminate connections between their work and craft. ...

The Archer

September 8, 2021 , 8:00 PM

THE ARCHER

Shruti Swamy, Rajiv Mohabir


RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers' Workshop is kicking off our fall events with a celebration of Shruti Swamy's forthcoming novel, The Archer. This riveting historical novel follows a young woman as she comes of age in India in the 1960s and 70s, defined by the rhythms of Kathak dancing. Shruti...

GHOST FOREST

July 13, 2021 , 7:00 PM

GHOST FOREST

Pik-Shuen Fung, K-Ming Chang


RSVP HERE! In July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop celebrates the launch of former AAWW Margins fellow Pik-Shuen Fung's highly anticipated new novel, Ghost Forest. This powerful debut explores migration and grief, joy and sorrow, through the eyes of an unnamed protagonist as she travels through the collective memories of...

#WETOO

July 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM

#WETOO


RSVP HERE! This July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together writers who contributed to #WeToo, a collection of essays, poems, creative nonfiction, and experimental works, published by the Journal of Asian American Studies and AAWW's The Margins in February. Edited by erin Khuê Ninh and Shireen Roshanravan, the #WeToo reader served...

LINGO

June 10, 2021 , 7:00 PM

LINGO

Anik Khan, Clover Hope


RSVP HERE! This summer, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together hip-hop artist and activist Anik Khan and music journalist and writer Clover Hope to discuss the intersections in Black and Brown musical cultures. Speaking to music, community, citizenship, and more, they will dive into shared musical influences, from Bangladesh...

The Chosen and the Beautiful

June 1, 2021 , 7:00 PM

THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Nghi Vo, R. F. Kuang


RSVP HERE! In June, the Asian American Writers' Workshop joins Books Are Magic to celebrate the launch of Nghi Vo's highly anticipated new novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful. This queer, speculative Great Gatsby retelling remixes and reinvents a classic, "subvert[ing] and expand[ing] the possibilities of an American story" (K-Ming...

Angel & Hannah

May 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM

ANGEL & HANNAH

Ishle Yi Park and Willie Perdomo


RSVP HERE! Ishle Yi Park, the first woman poet laureate of Queens, joins the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to celebrate the launch of Angel & Hannah, a novel of dynamic free verse. The book follows Hannah, a Korean American girl from Queens, and Angel, a Puerto Rican boy from Brooklyn,...

Crying in H Mart

April 22, 2021 , 7:00 PM

CRYING IN H MART

Michelle Zauner and Hrishikesh Hirway


RSVP HERE! This April, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop will partner with indie bookstore Books Are Magic to celebrate musician Michelle Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying In H Mart. Best known for her work as the musician Japanese Breakfast, Zauner’s memoir is an astonishing debut: a rich, intimate, and lyrical story...

Women Warriors: A Solidarity Reading

April 8, 2021 , 7:00 PM

WOMEN WARRIORS: A SOLIDARITY READING


RSVP HERE! "I had forgotten this chant that was once mine, given me by my mother, who may not have known its power to remind. She said I would grow up a wife and a slave, but she taught me the song of the warrior woman, Fa Mu Lan. I...

The City of Good Death

March 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM

THE CITY OF GOOD DEATH

Priyanka Champaneri and Marjan Kamali


RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop and Restless Books for a celebration of Priyanka Champaneri's debut novel, The City of Good Death. Priyanka will be in conversation with special guest Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop. Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, The...

Northern Light

March 9, 2021 , 7:00 PM

NORTHERN LIGHT

Kazim Ali and Billy-Ray Belcourt


RSVP HERE! Acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist Kazim Ali joins the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Milkweed Editions to launch his new memoir, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. Northern Light, a sensitive and elegantly structured exploration of land and power, is told through Ali’s recollections of his...

Brown Baby

February 6, 2021 , 12:00 PM

BROWN BABY

Nikesh Shukla, Mira Jacob


RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is delighted to celebrate the launch of writer Nikesh Shukla’s new memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family, and Home. An intimate look at love, grief, and fatherhood, Shukla’s memoir “bears witness to our turbulent times” (Bernardine Evaristo) with humor, honesty, and...

My Year Abroad

February 4, 2021 , 7:00 PM

MY YEAR ABROAD

Chang-rae Lee and Bryan Washington


RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as we celebrate award-winning writer Chang-rae Lee’s electrifying new novel, My Year Abroad. A surprising, tender, and humorous work, My Year Abroad is a story unique to Chang-rae Lee’s immense talents as a writer, and explores the division between East and West,...

Radical Thinkers

January 26, 2021 , 7:00 PM

RADICAL THINKERS

Simon Han and Tahseen Shams


RSVP HERE! Our series Radical Thinkers places radical academics directly in conversation with trailblazing writers, poets, and artists, creating and nurturing two-way dialogues that will interrogate some of the most pressing issues facing Asian and Asian diasporic communities today. Featuring an interdisciplinary lineup of scholars and creatives, these unexpected pairings...

The Past is Not for Living In: Gish Jen and Meng Jin

January 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM

THE PAST IS NOT FOR LIVING IN: GISH JEN AND MENG JIN

Gish Jen, Meng Jin


RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for our first event of the new year: a joint paperback launch of Gish Jen’s The Resisters and Meng Jin’s Little Gods. These two novels, released in early 2020, sketch out a dystopian near future that takes aim at several current catastrophes,...