Upcoming Events

Marie Myung-ok Lee with Frances Cha
Marie Myung-ok Lee, Frances Cha
Chances are, you’ve read something you loved by the talented and prolific Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Her stories, criticism, and essays on everything from Picnicking in North Korea to navigating her son’s disability have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Paris Review, and The...
[VIRTUAL] Word Is Bond #7
Ross Gay, Khadijah Queen, Ruth Awad, Joy Priest, Adele Elise Williams, Anthony Thomas Lombardi
REGISTER HERE Come join us for Word is Bond #7! Attendance is FREE but suggested donations will benefit Deep South Decrim, an initiative that works to end the criminalization and abuse of sex workers through harm reduction and decriminalization. DSD is run by Women With a Vision, a New Orleans-based...
May 24, 2022
8:00 PM


[LIVE] AAWW & Yu & Me Books Present: Vanessa Hua and Vanessa Chan
Vanessa Hua, Vanessa Chan
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, in partnership with Yu & Me Books (NYC’s first Asian American woman-owned bookstore!), presents a reading and conversation with writer Vanessa Hua. Vanessa will join us to celebrate the publication of Forbidden City, a "grand, cinematic, captivating novel" (Cathy Park Hong), and will speak with...

Past Events

[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] Rupturing the Poem: A Workshop
Mai Der Vang
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 6 PM ET - 9 PM ET Online | 1 Session | Sliding Scale $50- $100 | REGISTER HERE! **Limited Scholarship Seats Available. APPLY HERE! What happens when a poet relinquishes control in a poem? What does it mean to dismantle the rules of language?...
[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
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...
May 5, 2022
7:00 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd St
New York NY 10009
[LIVE] In Conversation: Ocean Vuong, Yanyi, and Solmaz Sharif
Ocean Vuong, Yanyi, Solmaz Sharif
Presented in collaboration with the David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The MacArthur Grant-winning poet and novelist Ocean Vuong and the poets Yanyi and Solmaz Sharif collectively possess a remarkable talent with words and a shared Asian American heritage. Together, they represent a broad stratum of the generational, ethnic,...
[LIVE] In Conversation: Gina Apostol and Melissa Chadburn
Gina Apostol, Melissa Chadburn
RSVP HERE Writers Gina Apostol (Bibliolepsy) and Melissa Chadburn (A Tiny Upward Shove) will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop in Battery Park City this May, to read from and discuss their books. Drawing on themes of Filipinx myth, folklore, and history, and the women whose fates are entwined in...
May 2, 2022
7:00 PM
Teardrop Park at Battery Park City
Warren St
New York NY 10005
[LIVE] AAWW AT 30: The Village People
Marina Budhos, Nancy Bulalacao, Tina Chang, Christina Chiu, Curtis Chin, Luis Francia, Lisa Ko, Marie G. Lee, Ed Lin, Vina and Manuel D. Orden, Bino Realuyo, Purvi Shah, Monique Truong, Eileen Tabios, and Barbara Tran
RSVP HERE! This event is presented by the AAWW in partnership with the Asian American Studies Program & Center at Hunter College and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.  The early 90's were an exciting time for Asian American creativity in New York City. While Hunter College...
April 30, 2022
1:00 PM
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47-49 E 65th St
New York NY 10065
[LIVE] AAWW & the Strand Presents: Vaishnavi Patel: Kaikeyi
Jafreen Uddin, Vaishnavi Patel
This event is in partnership with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Strand. For more information about the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, please visit their website at http://aaww.org . Join us for an in-person event with debut author Vaishnavi Patel for a discussion of her debut novel Kaikeyi. Joining...
[VIRTUAL] MORE THAN ORGANS: A Queer Asian Celebration
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Chrysanthemum Tran, Rajiv Mohabir, and Wo Chan
RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate another year of More Than Organs, Kay Ulanday Barrett’s award-winning second poetry collection, released in 2020! More Than Organs is “a love letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans futures… MORE THAN ORGANS questions ‘whatever wholeness means’ for bodies always in transit, for the...
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: Workings: Writing from a Place, Poetics, Race, Craft and Rage
Truong Tran
Thursdays, April 21 and 28 | 6 PM ET – 9 PM ET Online | 2 Sessions | Sliding Scale $100-$200 REGISTER HERE! **Limited Scholarship Seats Available By Lottery: APPLY HERE! Join us for a poetry workshop with Truong Tran, author of book of the other: small in comparison, released...
[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
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
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
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:...
[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books Present: Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Jenny Tinghui Zhang
The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in partnership with Yu & Me Books (NYC's first Asian American woman-owned bookstore!), presents a reading and conversation with debut novelist Jenny Tinghui Zhang. Jenny will join us to celebrate the publication of her book, Four Treasures of the Sky, "an engulfing, bighearted, and heartbreaking novel"...
April 6, 2022
7:00 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[Virtual] Word is Bond #6
Noor Hindi, Zaina Alsous, Timothy Liu, Shane McCrae, Stella Wong, and Anthony Thomas Lombardi
REGISTER HERE! Come join us for Word is Bond #6! Attendance is FREE but suggested donations will benefit We Count!, a membership-led labor organization of low-wage immigrant workers and families in South Florida. If you have the means, please consider sparing what you’re able. If not, come share space with...
March 30, 2022
8:00 PM


[LIVE] AAWW at AWP: Stories in Solidarity for Asian Artists
Piyali Bhattacharya, Mira Jacob, Nayomi Munaweera, Jafreen Uddin
Piyali Bhattacharya, Mira Jacob, Nayomi Munaweera, and Jafreen Uddin ask each other: why is it often difficult to build writing coalitions of color? What does it mean to build artistic community among Asian women, and why are these spaces so often riddled with drama? Is the root of the problem...
[LIVE] In Conversation: Yanyi & Jen Lue
Yanyi, Jen Lue
RSVP HERE! Award-winning poet, critic, and former Margins Fellow Yanyi will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop to read from and discuss his new book, Dream of the Divided Field. Acclaimed by poet Ilya Kaminsky as "tender, and eloquent" Dream of the Divided Field explores balance and transition, immigration and...
March 19, 2022
1:00 PM
Teardrop Park at Battery Park City
Warren St
New York NY 10005
[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books Present: Ayesha Raees
Ayesha Raees
The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in partnership with Yu & Me Books (NYC's first Asian American woman-owned bookstore!), presents a reading with former AAWW Fellows and current assistant poetry editor at The Margins, Ayesha Raees. Ayesha will join us to celebrate the publication of her chapbook, Coining a Wishing Tower, a "lyric...
March 18, 2022
7:00 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[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...
[LIVE] Brooklyn Reads: In Sensorium with Tanaïs
Tanaïs, Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Join writer and perfumer Tanaïs for a multisensory exploration of their latest book, In Sensorium: Notes For My People. This expansive memoir offers a critical alternate history of South Asia, written from an American Bangladeshi Muslim femme perspective, and interrogates the ancient violence and ancestral trauma of a lush land...
[VIRTUAL] The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories
C Pam Zhang
Join us for a virtual, bilingual group event to celebrate the release of The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, edited and collected by Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang. This event is co-presented with Tor Books, and will be moderated by C Pam Zhang.
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, lady wednesday, Saida Agostini
RSVP HERE! Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Curated and hosted by the magical Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero! This month we’re featuring lady wednesday and Saida Agostini. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a...
February 24, 2022
7:00 PM


[VIRTUAL] PEN OUT LOUD X ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: JULIE OTSUKA WITH NICOLE CHUNG
Julie Otsuka, Nicole Chung
PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist Julie Otsuka joins PEN Out Loud and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to launch her first novel in over a decade, The Swimmers. Turning her attention to a group of recreational swimmers who are disrupted from their routine when a crack appears at the bottom of their...
[VIRTUAL] Workshop: [Era]Sure Poetry: Poetics of Additive Subtraction
Mariam Bazeed
Mondays, 2/21/2022 and 2/28/2022 | 6 PM ET - 9 PM ET Online | 2 Sessions | REGISTER HERE! Sliding Scale $100-$200 | **Limited Scholarship Seats Available By Lottery: APPLY HERE! ***The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a space that seeks to uplift and celebrate BIPOC and queer, trans, and nonbinary...
[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
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...
[VIRTUAL] Word Is Bond No.5
Layli Long Soldier, Megan Fernandes, Ghinwa Jawhari, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Sadia Hassan, Anthony Thomas Lombardi
REGISTER HERE Celebrate Word is Bond’s new home at AAWW with our inaugural partnership reading! Attendance is FREE but suggested donations will benefit Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund & Racing Magpie, an organization supporting Lakota artists & culture bearers. If you have the means, please consider sparing what you’re able &...
February 8, 2022
7:00 PM


Witness Writing from Myanmar: Brian Haman, Ko Ko Thett, Ma Thida
Brian Haman, Ko Ko Thett, Ma Thida, Mae Yway
RSVP HERE The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in partnership with PEN America and Singapore Unbound, will convene a bilingual reading of work from the forthcoming anthology Picking Off New Shoots Will Not Stop the Spring: Witness Poems and Essays from Burma/Myanmar 1988-2021, followed by a conversation with editors Brian Haman and Ko...
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...
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