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 both expanding and challenging the immigrant narrative. At this special Brooklyn launch, we’ll hear from contributors Gaiutra Bahadur, Jason Koo, Kimiko Hahn, Chaya Babu, and Alice Sola Kim, who will be joined in conversation with the book’s editor, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Chaya Babu is a Brooklyn-based writer, journalist, educator, and organizer. She was a 2016 Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellow and a 2015 Open City Fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and her writing has also appeared in The Margins, Racialicious, the Feminist Wire, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Guardian, India Abroad, and elsewhere. Babu is currently pursuing her MFA in writing at Pratt Institute, and she is also editor at large at the Brooklyn Quarterly and a teaching artist with Community Word Project.
Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese American writer. Coolie Woman, her narrative history about indentured women, was shortlisted for the 2014 Orwell Prize. Her essays appear in the anthologies Nonstop Metropolis and Living on the Edge of the World. She was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and has written for the New York Times Book Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, the Guardian, VQR, the Nation, Dissent, Ms. magazine, and elsewhere. She has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and others.
Kimiko Hahn, author of nine books, finds disparate sources give way to poetry–whether black lung disease in Volatile, Flaubert’s sex-tour in The Unbearable Heart, an exhumation in The Artist’s Daughter, or classical Japanese forms in The Narrow Road to the Interior. Rarified fields of science prompted her latest collections Toxic Flora and Brain Fever. Her most recent chapbook was Replendent Slug. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, and Shelley Memorial Prize. Hahn is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY, and is the President of the Board for the Poetry Society of America.
Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island, and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He has published poetry and prose in the Yale Review, Missouri Review, and Village Voice, among others, and won fellowships form the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and New York State Writers Institute. An assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.
Alice Sola Kim lives in New York. Her writing has appeared in publications including Tin House, the Village Voice, Lenny Letter, McSweeney’s, BuzzFeed Reader, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award and has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
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.
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For more information on the AAWW Launch of Go Home! On March 12 with Karissa Chen, Chaya Babu, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Alexander Chee, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, click here.