Upcoming Signature Events
May 19, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
Past Signature Events
May 6, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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.”...
May 5, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
April 19, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
April 13, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
April 12, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
April 7, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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:...
March 15, 2022 , 8:00 PM
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...
February 17, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
February 10, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
February 4, 2022 , 7:00 PM
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...
December 7, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
December 3, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
November 13, 2021 , 1:00 PM
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...
November 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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.
October 28, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
October 27, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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.
October 14, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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.
October 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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.
September 14, 2021 , 5:00 PM
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. ...
September 8, 2021 , 8:00 PM
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...
July 13, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
July 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
June 10, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
June 1, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
May 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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,...
April 22, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
April 8, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
March 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
March 9, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
February 6, 2021 , 12:00 PM
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...
February 4, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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,...
January 26, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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...
January 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM
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,...