Upcoming Events

The Sweat of Love & The Fire of Truth: A Reading
DJ Rekha, Faith Adiele, 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
“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 who are fighting for liberation. We believe song, literature and community...

Past Events

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
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Trace DePass, Nico Amador
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 Trace DePass and more. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a...
November 14, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan New York 10001
Art and Politics of Translation: Behind the Scenes
Sora Kim-Russell
The Korean Cultural Center New York in collaboration with Asian American Writers' Workshop and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea invites Sora Kim-Russell, one of today’s top Korean-to-English translators. She will share her experiences and perspectives on career development in literary translation and publishing industry. The talk will be moderated...
November 5, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Our Families, Our Secrets: New Literature by Korean American Writers
Angie Kim, Steph Cha, & Catherine Chung
Every family has secrets—secrets they keep from each other, as well as the ones they keep together. The bonds and scars of family are universal, but they manifest in different ways in every country, as well as in every community and every household. A reading & discussion, authors Steph Cha,...
November 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Authoring Advocacy: Bearing Witness in an Era of Mass Incarceration
Justin Rovillos Monson, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Sarah Wang, Roshan Abraham, Christina Olivares, & Victoria Law
What is the responsibility of writers to confront our era of mass incarceration, and how do we bear witness without assuming voyeuristic or exploitative perspectives? Join us for a reading featuring 2018 PEN America Writing For Justice Fellows Justin Rovillos Monson and Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Asian American Writers Workshop's...
November 1, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Pop Empires: Transnational and Diasporic Flow of India and Korea
S. Heijin Lee, Monika Mehta, and Robert Ji-Song Ku
Two of the contenders vying for the hearts, minds, bandwidths, and pocketbooks of the world’s consumers of popular are India and South Korea. “Bollywood” and “Hallyu” are increasingly competing with “Hollywood”―either replacing it or filling a void in places where it never held sway. Pop Empires connects films, music, television...
October 18, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Aldrin Valdez, & Cyree Jarelle Johnson
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Co-hosted by AAWW Fam poets Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. This month's...
October 17, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
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