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 readings from Rachel Khong, Beth Nguyen and R.O. Kwon. Readings will be followed by a discussion about the project, and the necessity of both expanding and challenging the immigrant narrative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was an Asian American Writers’ Workshop fellow, and her short work has appeared in Grant, the Guardian, Guernica, Apogee, and the White Review, among other places. She has received residencies from the Gladstone Library and Hedgebrook.
Rachel Khong is the senior editor of Lucky Peach magazine. She holds a BA from Yale University, where she received the Veech and Wallace Prizes for fiction writing, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida. In addition to Lucky Peach, her writing has appeared in Joyland, American Short Fiction, Phoebe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, California Sunday, Pitchfork, and the Village Voice. She is a recipient of the Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship.
Beth Nguyen is the author of three books: Stealing Buddha’s Dinner; Short Girls, winner of an American Book Award; and Pioneer Girl. Nguyen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she won Hopwood Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She currently directs and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
R.O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The Guardian, Vice, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.
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