Upcoming Events

[LIVE] IN CONVERSATION: George Abraham, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Natalie Wee, and Jenny Xie
A poetry reading and roundtable talk between Jenny Xie, Natalie Wee, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and George Abraham on their new collections, the possibilities and limitations of language work, and rest and fatigue from the margins; this talk will be moderated by Asian American Writers’ Workshop editor Yi Wei. Copies of...
September 29, 2022
6:00 PM
Teardrop Park at Battery Park City
Warren St
New York NY 10005
[LIVE] Muscle Memory: Asian American Women on Violence & Safety
Jenny Liou, Jess Ng
BUY TICKETS HERE Join poet Jenny Liou for a reading from Muscle Memory, her debut collection from Kaya Press, which grapples with violence and identity, beginning with the chain-link enclosure of the prizefighter’s cage and radiating outward into the diasporic sweep of Chinese American history. Liou will be in conversation with...
September 30, 2022
6:00 PM
Gleason’s Gym
130 Water St.
Brooklyn NY 11201

Past Events

[LIVE] We Gathered: 130 Years of Asian American Activism in New York City
Wajahat Ali, Gina Apostol, Whitney Hu, Shekar Krishnan, Leela New York
RSVP HERE! Doors for the event will open at 6 PM ET, and the program will begin at 7 PM.  This September, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Strand Book Store, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art will convene a multidisciplinary celebration of over a...
September 22, 2022
6:00 PM
Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 E 7th St
New York NY 10003
[VIRTUAL] Martial Law at 50: To Remember Is to Resist
This event will be streamed on the Asian American Writers' Workshop YouTube page. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents readings and performances curated by 2022 Open City Fellow Vina Orden in remembrance of a dark period in the history of the Philippines. 50 years ago, on September 21, 1972, dictator...
[LIVE] The Center for Fiction Presents: Yiyun Li on The Book of Goose with Rivka Galchen in Partnership with AAWW and A Public Space
Yiyun Li, Rivka Galchen
In-person tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event. Yiyun Li’s work is beloved by writers and readers alike, and we are thrilled to bring her and Rivka Galchen to...
[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Building Imaginary Worlds with the Salam Award with Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
Saturday, September 17 | 10 AM ET – 12:30 PM ET Online | 1 session | FREE | REGISTER HERE!   // NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY // This workshop will be captioned. For access needs please e-mail tle@aaww.org.   This 2.5 hour session is for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and...
[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books: Victor Manibo Celebrates The Sleepless
Victor Manibo
Join us in person at Yu & Me Books on August 30! No RSVP required.
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase with Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Caleb Luna, Walela Nehanda
Join us for another Mouth to Mouth with Open Mic on August 25 at 7 PM ET! Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this month Mouth to Mouth celebrates powerhouse writers Caleb Luna and Walela Nehanda!  Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safer community space...
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: Craft Of Collaboration: Radical Togetherness In Times Of Crises, a Workshop for Asian and Asian Diasporic Poets
Monday, August 22 | 6 PM ET - 8:30 PM ET | Sliding Scale $50- $100 Online | 1 Session | REGISTER HERE! **This is a workshop that prioritizes Asian and Asian diasporic writers. We ask all allies to take a step back and to not register for this workshop.**...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: No'u Revilla and Julian Aguon
No'u Revilla, Julian Aguon
RSVP HERE!  This August, the Asian American Writers' Workshop joins Milkweed Editions in celebrating No'u Revilla's debut collection Ask the Brindled, which was selected by poet Rick Barot as a winner of the 2021 National Poetry Series. Praised by Craig Santos Perez as "an astonishing addition to the canon (or canoe)...
[LIVE] In Conversation: Dur e Aziz Amna and Sarah Thankam Mathews
Dur e Aziz Amna, Sarah Thankam Mathews
RSVP HERE! Debut novelists Dur e Aziz Amna (American Fever) and Sarah Thankam Mathews (All This Could Be Different) will join us this August with readings from their books, and conversation on community, otherness, and writing immigrant futures in twenty-first century America. We ask that you respect the following COVID-19...
August 10, 2022
7:00 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: Fostering Creativity Across Generations
Aaisha Bhuiyan and Sana Khan
Fridays, July 22 and 29, 2022 | 10 AM ET - 12 PM ET Online | 2 Sessions | Sliding Scale $75- $150 | REGISTER HERE! (One Ticket Per Family Unit) **This is a workshop that priorities BIPOC writers but welcomes allies.** **Apply for a scholarship seat here! Limited scholarship...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Jamil Jan Kochai and Karan Mahajan
Jamil Jan Kochai, Karan Mahajan
RSVP HERE! This July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together authors Jamil Jan Kochai and Karan Mahajan to discuss and celebrate Jamil's debut short story collection, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories. A luminous exploration of the Afghan diaspora and modern-day Afghanistan, these stories trace the wounds...
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: We Communicate With Each Other the Way We Communicate with Ourselves
Mimi Zhu
Wednesday, July 6 | 6 PM ET - 7:30 PM ET | Sliding Scale $25-$75 Online | 1 Session | REGISTER HERE! **This is a workshop exclusively for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) writers, prioritizing Queer, Trans, and Nonbinary BIPOC. We ask all allies to take a step back from this...
[LIVE] A Celebratory Reading from the Wine Notebook: Writing on Alchemy, Memory, and Sensation
Sarah Aziza, Madeleine Mori, Cleo Qian, Janelle Tan, Vincent Tolentino
Join us as we celebrate WINE, a portfolio of poetry and prose published on The Margins in June. Edited by writer and former Margins fellow Madeleine Mori, WINE celebrates lyric writing that speaks to wine, perception, and memory. Mori and notebook contributors Sarah Aziza, Cleo Qian, Janelle Tan, and Vincent...
June 30, 2022
7:00 PM
Franklin Park
618 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn NY 11238
[LIVE] Dorothy Tse and James Shea in conversation with Jeremy Tiang
Dorothy Tse, James Shea, Jeremy Tiang
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, in partnership with Yu & Me Books (NYC’s first Asian American woman-owned bookstore!), presents a bilingual reading and conversation with writers and translators Dorothy Tse, James Shea, and Jeremy Tiang. Celebrating the publication of Moving a Stone, which collects poems by the Hong Kong poet Yam Gong,...
June 30, 2022
5:30 PM
Yu and Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth: Queer Liberation 2022!
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Ariana Brown, aureleo sans, and Michal 'MJ' Jones
Come celebrate Queer Liberation with Mouth to Mouth, hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero! This month we’re featuring powerhouse writers Ariana Brown, aureleo sans, Kirin Khan, and Michal “MJ” Jones. Come celebrate their work with us! RSVP HERE to receive a link the day of the...
[LIVE] I WANT SKY in New York: A reading for Sarah Hegazi
RSVP HERE! In celebration of the life of Sarah Hegazi, two years after her tragic death, join us for a loving Pride reading in New York. Guest editor Mariam Bazeed will be joined by authors from the special tribute publication I Want Sky to read in a garden space for...
June 27, 2022
6:30 PM
Morcos Key Studio
Address will be emailed
upon RSVP.
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: Frida and Harriet's Children: A Free Poetry Workshop by and for Sick, Disabled, Deaf and Neurodivergent 2SQTBIPOC
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 6 PM ET - 8 PM ET Online | 1 Session | APPLICATIONS CLOSED **This is a free workshop exclusively for Sick, Disabled, Deaf, and Neurodivergent 2SQTBIPOC (Two-Spirit, Queer, Trans, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folx. If you do not identify as Sick, Disabled,...
[VIRTUAL] PAGE TURNER 2022 – The AAWW Publishing Conference
This summer, we are thrilled to be presenting PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop Publishing Conference, a signature program that we’ll present virtually, all-day on Saturday, June 18. Our publishing conference will center the work and experiences of writers of color, and aims to demystify the often opaque business...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Joseph Han and Crystal Hana Kim
Joseph Han, Crystal Hana Kim
RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers' Workshop presents a virtual book launch event for Joseph Han's debut novel, Nuclear Family. An occasionally hilarious, and deeply moving story about family and history, this is a "moving exploration of the losses we inherit, the continual violence of borders, and the embodiedness of history"...
[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...
[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


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] 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 https://aaww.org . Join us for an in-person event with debut author Vaishnavi Patel for a discussion of her debut novel Kaikeyi. Joining...
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