Asian American Writers' Workshop - A Reading

A Reading

with Lucy Tan, Crystal Hana Kim & Vanessa Hua

Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York, NY 11238

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Join us for a reading with Lucy Tan, Crystal Hana Kim, and Vanessa Hua.


Lucy Tan’s debut novel What We Were Promised explores the weight of family legacy, tradition, and self-fulfillment in a modern Shanghainese household. Her fiction has been published in journals such as Asia Literary Review and Ploughshares, where she was winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest. She received her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the 2016 August Derleth Prize. Born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, she has spent the last ten years splitting her time between New York City and Shanghai.

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut historical novel, If You Leave Me, masterfully chronicles feelings of love, loss, and hope between the family and a mother enduring the inconceivable stress of war. Kim is the recipient of numerous awards, including PEN America’s Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, along with fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Jentel Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an MS in Education from Hunter College. She is an alumna of Teach For America, having taught elementary school, high school, and collegiate writing. She is currently the Director of Writing Instruction for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. Born and raised in New York, she resides in Chicago.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her sophomore novel, A River of Stars, extends the stories of immigrants navigating America and the transcontinental identity of her debut short story collection into yet another intricate mosaic of individual, human stories. Deceit and Other Possibilities was the winner of the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature and a finalist for the California Book Award and the Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize. Hua has received a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan literary award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her journalistic writing has been featured many publications including the Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Newsweek. Her fiction has been published in The Atlantic, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica, among others. A Bay Area native, she is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program and currently works and teaches at the Writers’ Grotto in San Francisco. She is a contributing nonfiction editor for AAWW’s The Margins publication.

This event will be livestreamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page.

*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at with any questions on reserving priority seating.

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