Upcoming Events

"Re-:" An Open City Fellows Reading
Noah Flora, Amir Khafagy, Soumya Shankar, Preeti Varathan, Kate Zen, Noel Pangilinan
This October, join us for a celebratory reading with the 2020 Open City Fellows. We’ll hear from Neighborhood Fellows Noah Flora, Soumya Shankar, Preeti Varathan, and Kate Zen, who have been documenting the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it has being lived on the streets of New York right...
October 22, 2020
7:00 PM


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Donika Kelly, Golden, and Mejdulene B. Shomali
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our first virtual edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW’s fave poets Kay Ulanday Barrett and Ashna Ali, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Donika Kelly, Golden, and Mejdulene B. Shomali. Mouth to Mouth...
October 26, 2020
7:00 PM


The Voice of Sheila Chandra
Kazim Ali, Sheila Chandra, and Rajiv Mohabir
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is thrilled to celebrate the launch of Kazim Ali’s newest poetry collection, The Voice of Sheila Chandra. Following a reading from Ali’s innovative and musical new collection, he will be joined in conversation by Sheila Chandra and Rajiv Mohabir to discuss sound, silence, and embodied...
November 11, 2020
5:00 PM


Racing the Essay
Cathy Park Hong, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sejal Shah, and Piyali Bhattacharya
This fall, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is celebrating the art of the essay. Featuring longtime poets and fiction writers with debut essay collections out this year, this conversation will take an intersectional look at Asian American identity, genre, gender, race, publishing, and the way the essay form allows writers...
December 1, 2020
7:00 PM


Past Events

Good Talks: Tina Chang and Mira Jacob
Tina Chang and Mira Jacob
Tina Chang and Mira Jacob join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to celebrate the paperback releases of their books Hybrida and Good Talk. Following a reading from their work, they will speak to the intersections of their experiences and creative practices, discussing race, motherhood, and hybrid storytelling structures. RSVP Here!...
October 13, 2020
7:00 PM


AGGIE Documentary Screening and Live Virtual Q&A with Film Forum
Mahogany Browne, Adnan Khan, Tanya Selvaratnam, Rachel Kuo
AAWW is partnering with Film Forum to present a screening of AGGIE, and a discussion with Mahogany Browne, Adnan Khan, and Tanya Selvaratnam, moderated by Rachel Kuo. AGGIE is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes...
Love vs. Internship
Ed Lin, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Ruth Minah Buchwald
In collaboration with the Asian American Writers Workshop and Kundiman, Kaya Press brings acclaimed novelist Ed Lin together with pioneering YA author and co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Marie Myung-Ok Lee (FINDING MY VOICE (Soho Teen, 2021 re-release) in conversation to celebrate the release of Ed Lin’s YA...
October 2, 2020
7:00 PM


Burial is Beginning: K-Ming Chang and Franny Choi
K-Ming Chang and Franny Choi
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop celebrates the publication of K-Ming Chang’s debut novel, Bestiary, with a reading and conversation with K-Ming and Franny Choi. Exploring the ways writing about girlhood can reinvent our definitions of community and lineage, and the ways we can grapple with and imagine beyond threats of...
Book Launch: World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop and Milkweed Editions to celebrate the publication day of World of Wonders with author Aimee Nezhukumatathil and special guests Patrick Rosal, Joseph Legaspi, Sarah Gambito, Oliver de la Paz, and Jon Pineda. This event will be presented virtually at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT.  The evening...
The Sweat of Love & The Fire of Truth: A Reading
DJ Rekha, Faith Adiele, Leah Johnson, Jai Dulani, Lisa Ko, Nina Sharma, Daisy Hernández, Quincy Scott Jones, Serena W. Lin, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Cathy Linh Che, Mahogany L. Browne, and Kay Ulanday Barrett
***Broadcast on Facebook Live. Link to the event is here***   “I Believe In The Sweat Of Love And The Fire Of Truth”  ― Assata Shakur   All struggles for freedom are intertwined. We at AAWW join in freedom struggles for Black and Indigenous people and by extension all those...
The Sweat of Love & the Fire of Truth: A Conversation
Akwaeke Emezi, Elizabeth Acevedo, & Sophia Hussain
**This event will be offered as a Zoom Webinar (seat occupancy of 100) with a Facebook Livestream for overflow.** ***Titles available through Books Are Magic's webpage.*** "I believe in the sweat of love & the fire of truth." - Assata Shakur The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is thrilled to celebrate...
Virtual Intensive Poetry Workshop: Poetry & Protest, the Political & Personal
Staceyann Chin
***VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: This workshop will take place on Zoom.*** Thursday, July 2nd, 2020  11 AM - 1:30 PM EDT (2.5 hours) TUITION: Sliding Scale $50-$75 How do we create work that is deeply personal but is intended to be political? Join us for a unique virtual poetry intensive with powerhouse,...
MORE THAN ORGANS: Book Launch Reading + PRIDE Celebration
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Jimena Lucero, Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Natalie Sharp, Rajiv Mohabir, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Eddie Maisonet, Oliver Baez-Bendorf, & Brandon Kazen-Maddox.
**VIRTUAL EVENT: This event will be offered as a Zoom Webinar and live streamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page.*** If you wish to join the Zoom webinar, please register through Eventbrite and we will send a link the day before the event. Join us on THURSDAY June 18,...
Our Home and the World: Poetry for Laal NYC
Featuring Nadia Q. Ahmad, Tarfia Faizullah, and Samira Sadeque
***VIRTUAL EVENT*** THURSDAY MAY 28, 2020 | 7-8PM EST Livestreamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page. Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for a virtual reading and fundraiser for Laal NYC, featuring Nadia Q. Ahmad, Tarfia Faizullah, and Samira Sadeque. These accomplished journalists and poets celebrate Bengali culture in...
Poetry in Protest: A Solidarity Reading
***VIRTUAL EVENT*** Livestreamed on the AAWW Facebook page. Join us for a powerful celebration of Asian American voices, featuring an acclaimed lineup of some of our community's most prolific poets and spoken word artists. Tune in for readings by: Aria Aber • George Abraham • Kazim Ali • Hala Alyan...
Virtual Healing Circle: Mirror Memoirs
Amita Swadhin, Elliot Fukui, sethu laxmi nair, & Hyunhee Shin
April 30, 2020 6PM-8PM EST ************ Nationally-recognized survivor activist Amita Swadhin will co-facilitate a healing circle inspired by their national storytelling and organizing project Mirror Memoirs. They will be joined by Mirror Memoirs members and survivor storytellers Elliott Fukui, Sethu Nair, and Hyunhee Shin.  For this circle, we welcome all...
VIRTUAL EVENT: I Am Deliberate and Afraid of Nothing: Poetry, Prose, and Protest
Andrea Abi-Karam, Romaissaa Benzizoune, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem
***VIRTUAL EVENT*** Livestreamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page. //NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY// A live-edited accessible copy of the program can be found here: aaww.org/poetryprotestvirtual Minnesota-based Mizna joins the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to present I Am Deliberate And Afraid of Nothing: Poetry, Prose, and Protest, a reading of Mizna...
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, juliany taveras, Ricardo Hernandez
  ***POSTPONED FOR A FUTURE DATE***     Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at the next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted & curated by AAWW fam Kay Ulanday Barrett and Ashna Ali, this edition features juliany taveras (jae) and Ricardo Hernandez....
March 18, 2020
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
AAWW at AWP: Asian American Caucus
How can Asian American writers build a more robust network? What does it mean to be a writer of color in these times? This fifth annual Asian American Caucus is a town-hall style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and...
March 5, 2020
5:00 PM


AAWW at AWP: Frontiers in Asian American Fiction
Four fiction writers speak to the ways they tackle questions of the frontier in their work, from immigrant families in the Alaskan wilderness, Little House on the Prairie, and the disturbing legacies of the American West.
Haywire: A Relaunch of Thaddeus Rutkowski's Innovative Novel
Thaddeus Rutkowski, Ed Lin, Timothy Liu and Joanna Sit
Come celebrate the relaunch of Thaddeus Rutkowski's novel Haywire! "Fractured, witty, vibrant -- Rutkowski gives us his whole life, from stabbing butterflies to sitting through group therapy, but doles it out in bite-sized chunks that never seem forced. Fine writing and hilarity are to be expected (Ned Vizzini). Originally published by...
February 28, 2020
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Wo Chan, Catherine Chen
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at the next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted & curated by AAWW fam Kay Ulanday Barrett and Ashna Ali, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Wo Chan and Catherine Chen. Mouth to Mouth seeks to...
February 27, 2020
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Insurgent Tongues
Tyrell Haberkorn, Sophia Terazawa, Nguyen Quoc Vinh, Gina Apostol, Vicente Rafael
Join us for a special night of readings and discussion to launch a new folio in the Transpacific Literary Project: Insurgent Tongues. In efforts to dismantle the languages of domination, contributors to the folio and guests will share their distinct approaches to probing the insurgent nature of language and languages...
February 13, 2020
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Chicken of the Sea: Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Swati Khurana
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Swati Khurana
Join Kundiman and Asian American Writers' Workshop for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer. Nguyen's most recent book is Chicken of the Sea (McSweeney's 2019), co-authored with his elementary-aged son Ellison and illustrated by mother-son pair Thi Bui and Hien Bui-Stafford. In this...
February 7, 2020
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Danilo Machado, Omotara James
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at the next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted & curated by AAWW fam Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Danilo Machado and more. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space...
January 22, 2020
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Presented by Asian Musical Voices of America: A Reading, Performance, & Panel
This event is supported by the Music of Asian America Research Center & co-sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Despite a presence in the world of classical music, the experiences of Asian classical musicians often go unexplored. The Asian Musical Voices of America is a platform where these stories...
January 16, 2020
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Queer Longings & Longevity: A Workshop
Kay Ulanday Barrett
“Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of the negative and toiling in the present. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." - José Esteban Muñoz Queer Longings & Longevity is exploratory and generative and...
January 14, 2020
6:30 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Poetry Poetry: A Special Crossover Edition
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Addie Tsai, & Amanda Galvan Huynh
This month, we're bringing you an extra-special edition of our classic poetry reading series, Poetry Poetry: a Special Crossover Edition. Join us for a reading featuring poetry & prose writers Kay Ulanday Barrett (When the Chant Comes), Jimena Lucero, Addie Tsai (Dear Twin), & Amanda Galvan Huynh (Songs of Brujería)....
December 17, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan New York 10001
Writing Kashmir: Literature and Resistance Under Occupation
Ather Zia, Samia Shafi, Maryam Mir
For too long, the voices of Kashmiris have been muted by India's military occupation there and the positioning of Kashmir as a pawn in the dispute between India and Pakistan.  India's clampdown on communication in Kashmir--under which writers and dissidents are under assault, internet and phone lines are cut, and...
December 13, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
Manhattan New York 10001
Overstep Comedy Variety Show
Jatin Chhugani, Andy Shartzer, Helen Shih, and Otter Lee
  Overstep is an all Asian sketch comedy collective dedicated to increasing diversity and kicking ass! Celebrate the holiday season with a fun hour of sketch comedy, stand-up, and more by the Overstep team and their funny Asian friends! RSVP HERE! $5 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away...
December 12, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
Manhattan New York 10001
AAWW HOLIDAY BOOK BASH
AAWW Staff & DJ Set by OHYUNG
Celebrate the holidays with us at the AAWW Book Bash! We’re thrilled to celebrate the end of 2019 with a fundraiser and holiday party. The Book Bash will include raffle prizes, free drinks and cake, a DJ set by OHYUNG, karaoke hour at the end of the night, and most...
December 10, 2019
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Staceyann Chin, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero
  Mic check! Are you a writer? Mouth to Mouth is a space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists to perform their work. Inspired by Asia Society Museum’s current exhibition Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence that explores banned books and the history of censorship in China, this month's Mouth to...
December 6, 2019
6:00 PM
Asia Society New York
725 Park Ave, New York, New York 10021
New York, NY 10001
2019 Margins Fellows + Mentors Reading
Amanda Ajamfar, Yuxi Lin, Abigail Savitch-Lew, Sabrina Imbler, Zaina Arafat, Tina Chang, Ed Yong, & Lisa Ko
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Margins Fellowship was first established in 2014, as part of AAWW’s 25 year tradition of incubating emerging writers of color. A hub for the next generation of Asian American literature, the Margins Fellowship materially improves the lives of emerging writers of color through an innovative...
December 3, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York New York 10001
WORKSHOP: Sketch Jam!
Overstep
Thursday, Nov 21 1 Session 3 Hours (6PM-9PM) Sliding Scale $50-75. REGISTER HERE! Got an itch for sketch comedy writing but don’t know where to start? Join us for the inaugural Overstep Comedy Sketch Jam! Overstep is an all Asian sketch comedy collective dedicated to increasing diversity & kicking ass....
November 21, 2019
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
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