Past Events

AAWW at AWP—From the Margins: Literary Magazines Supporting Writers of Color
Jyothi Natarajan, Ron Kavanaugh, Melody Nixon, & Janice Lobo Sapigao
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* “It isn’t hard to find writers of color,” Roxane Gay wrote in a 2012 blog post. “All you have to do is read.” In this panel, editors from five literary magazines dedicated to publishing writers often marginalized by the publishing...
March 31, 2016
10:30 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
South Asian Trans-Urbanisms
Somini Sengupta, Githa Hariharan, & Jyothi Natarajan
So, we’re all familiar with the brand of 21st century India: the world’s largest democracy, a burgeoning BRIC economy, and, as one famous campaign slogan described it, India Shining. But what do these promises of possibility look like if you’re one of the subcontinents more marginal inhabitants--say, a poor laborer...
March 28, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
Jung Yun in Conversation with Alexander Chee
Jung Yun and Alexander Chee
Do you have some good old fashioned Asian American family baggage? Then join us for a special event at Barnes and Noble and celebrate Jung Yun, who’ll discuss her debut novel Shelter with novelist and AAWW homie Alexander Chee. Jung’s novel has been named one of the most anticipated books...
March 23, 2016
7:00 PM
UES Barnes and Noble
150 E 86th St
New York
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Rajiv Mohabir, and Candice Iloh
  Mic Check! Hosted by poet and formerly undocumented activist Sonia Guinansaca and pin@y transgender queer poet Kay Ulanday Barrett, come through to our first Mouth to Mouth of 2016. Our ongoing open mic series, Mouth to Mouth asks QTPOC and rising migrant artists to step up and share their work...
March 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Asian Classics: Upendranath Ashk’s Falling Walls
Daisy Rockwell, Adamya Ashk, Manjula Padmanabhan, and Manan Ahmed
One of Hindi literature’s most well-known authors (and favorite frenemy of Manto’s), Upendranath Ashk is most well-known for his autobiographical six-volume 1947 novel Girti Divarein or, as translator and artist Daisy Rockwell has named it in her new translation, Falling Walls (Penguin Modern Classics 2015). An accomplished critic and artist,...
March 19, 2016
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St
New York New York 10003
I <3 Paris!
Alexander Chee, Paula Lee, Bo Kyung O’Connor, and Ann Mah
Don your corset, lorgnette, and domino mask and come celebrate long-time AAWW homie Alexander Chee and his critically acclaimed second novel, Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016). Fifteen years in the making and already hitting its fourth printing on its publication date, this operatic novel of performance and...
March 3, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St
New York New York 10003
Archive Seance
NourbeSe Philip and Phinder Dulai
Experimental poets NourbeSe Philip and Phinder Dulai draw on legal decisions, ship records, and other archival materials to engage with the passage of bodies of color across the waters: the dead of the slave trade and South Asian migrants refused entry at port. Don’t miss this special New York appearance...
February 25, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet
Minh-Ha T. Pham, Thuy Linh Tu, and Arabelle Sicardi
Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian American Writers' Workshop Rumi Neely. Susie Bubble. BryanBoy. Asian personal superbloggers dominate the Internet. In Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press, 2015 ), Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the phenomenal...
February 11, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie
Bushra Rehman
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays January 18, 2016 - February 22, 2016 7PM-9PM $375 General / $350 Members Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In this workshop, we...
January 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York NY 10001
NIIC Conference: Shifting Cultures on Immigration, Identity, and Race
Favianna Rodriguez, Tia Oso, Kat Lazo, and Luis Argueta
How are artists and cultural workers shifting our national culture and perceptions towards immigrants and integration? As part of the 2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference, AAWW Executive Director Ken Chen joins Favianna Rodriguez (CultureStrike), Tia Oso (Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Black Lives Matter), Kat Lazo (Race Forward), and filmmaker...
December 15, 2015
12:00 AM
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY NY 11201
Running from History
Mia Alvar, Vu Tran, and Bino Realuyo
In the stories of Mia Alvar and Vu Tran, you can run away from history but you can't escape it. Both authors have been acclaimed by NPR and the New York Times for their debut books that discuss the trauma of transnational migration of the 1960s and ‘70s and the...
December 7, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
From Page to Play
Eric Gamalinda, Alexis Camins, Jennifer Betit Yen and Annette Storckman
Watch a talented cast of actors bring a novel to life! The Workshop is proud to host an exclusive back-to-back staged reading of Eric Gamalinda's The Descartes Highlands, performed by Alexis Camins and Jennifer Betit Yen, Executive Director of the Asian American Film Lab--as well as a new play in progress,...
December 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York New York 10001
Liu Xia Tribute Reading
Antonio Aiello, Nick Flynn, Tina Chang, Ming Di, and Ken Chen
Join us and our friends at Graywolf Press and Pen America Center to celebrate Liu Xia’s Empty Chairs: Selected Poems, translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern. Born in Beijing in 1961, the Chinese painter, photographer, and poet Liu Xia has been under house arrest at her...
December 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Bookcourt
163 Court St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Drunken Boat - UNION
Christine Chia, Rand Richards Cooper, Rachel Hadas, Amanda Lee Koe, Jee Leong Koh, Sabina Murray, Gregory Pardlo, Stephanie Strickland, and Ravi Shankar
Join us to celebrate the release of Union, a new anthology assembled by international literary journal Drunken Boat. Commemorating 50 years of Singaporean independence (as well as the journal’s 15-year anniversary), Union draws out underlying connections between Singapore and the United States, both heterogenous, cosmopolitan democracies. Ravi Shankar, the founding...
November 23, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Love in Imaginary Places: A Night with Europa Editions
Chaitali Sen, Jennifer Tseng, and Gina Apostol
Join us for a night of fraught love and exquisite literary fiction with Jennifer Tseng and Chaitali Sen. Both novelists imagine troubled romantic relationships in vivid settings and are published by Europa Editions, the publisher of Elena Ferrante and Muriel Barbery. Moderated by novelist Gina Apostol, whose novel Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W.W....
November 19, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Lost Histories of World War II
Raghu Karnad, Nikil Saval, and Terese Svoboda
Come hear award-winning authors Raghu Karnad and Terese Svoboda discuss hidden family histories of the Asia theater of World War II. Moderated by N+1 editor Nikil Saval, author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. When Raghu Karnad found three sepia-toned photographs at his grandmother’s house, he learned the...
November 4, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Information Session: The Margins Fellowship & Open City Project Grants
the editors of The Margins and Open City
  The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for two separate opportunities for emerging Asian American writers: The Margins Fellowship and Open City Project Grants. Come learn more and meet our editors at an information session on Thursday, October 29. About the Fellowships and Grants: The Open City...
October 29, 2015
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Worskhop
112 West 27 Street, Suite 600
New York NY 10001
The Artist, Invented
Luis Francia & Midori Yamamura
Poet and nonfiction writer Luis Francia muses on his most pressing preoccupations: colonial history, contemporary politics, and the arts. Moving between Salman Rushdie's first post-fatwa appearance in the United States to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest in Burma and reaching back to José Rizal’s late-19th century visits...
October 28, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Adopting an Identity
Lee Herrick, Tracy O’Neill, Matthew Salesses, Sung J. Woo, and Shinhee Han
Join us as four authors—Lee Herrick, Tracy O’Neill, Matthew Salesses, Sung J. Woo-  read from new books that grapple with the realities of adoption, broken families, and the journeys we take to find out where we belong. All of their protagonists are adoptees, as well as three of the authors. Moderated by...
October 22, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Prognosis: Capitalism
Deanna Fei, Sandeep Jauhar, and Dora Wang
Do your doctor’s visits remind you of the collected works of Franz Kafka? Did your blood pressure spike when you heard about the pharmaceutical CEO who raised the price of an AIDS pill from $13.50 to $750? Well, come hear memoirists Deanna Fei, Sandeep Jauhar, and Dora Wang discuss how...
October 7, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Launch Party for Moustafa Bayoumi
Moustafa Bayoumi & Zohra Saed
Moustafa Bayoumi's first book, How Does It Feel to Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin Press 2008), became an instant classic: a primer to help understand life after September 11th. The book offered an intimate portrait of Arab youth in Brooklyn, who experienced Islamophobic racism and...
October 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Sense & Sense-making: A Roundtable on Im/migration & Literary Imaginations
Meena Alexander, Ken Chen, Chong Chon-Smith, Kyoo Lee, Min Jin Lee, Wendy Lee, and Patricia Park
A CUNY "Mapping Asian American New York" faculty seminar, this roundtable will discuss the links between writing and migration. Organized by CUNY Associate Professor of Philosophy Kyoo Lee, this event will feature Asian American writers and intellectuals discussing the spatiotemporal “sparks” of imagination that push forward narrative and document cross-cultural...
September 25, 2015
4:00 PM
Roosevelt House, Hunter College CUNY
47-49 E 65th St,
New York NY 10065
Poetry & Politics II
David Mura, Monica Sok, Aimee Suzara, & Cathy Linh Che
The poems of David Mura, Monica Sok, and Aimee Suzara delve into the darker reaches of history: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the mass killing of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge, and the exhibition of Filipinos at the 1904 World’s Fair. We begin our second installment...
September 24, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
MARGINS FELLOWS READING
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Wo Chan, Alexander Chee, Muna Gurung, Meera Nair & Jennifer Tamayo
For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Cathy Park Hong, Tina Chang, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Last year, we created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts: The Margins Fellowship.
September 22, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Ghost Politics
Eka Kurniawan and Annie Tucker
One of Indonesia’s most prominent novelists, Eka Kurniawan has been likened to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison and named the successor to Indonesia national novelist Pramaoedya Ananta Toer by none other than Benedict Anderson. Join us to celebrate the English language debut—and a rare stateside appearance—of a great world...
September 21, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Heroine vs. City
Patricia Park, Alex Kleeman, & Anelise Chen
The woman protagonists of Patricia Park and Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novels are contemporary, cosmopolitan, and unlike any heroines you’ve met before. Take Korean American orphan Jane Re, the bodega worker-turned-Brooklynite nanny of her novel Re Jane. The book features a parentless child and a scandalous love affair, but Patricia reboots...
September 16, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Monsters and Madmen, Heroes and Humans: Character Design Class
Wendy Xu and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  One afternoon session, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday, September 12 Fee: $20 Class limit 15 people What makes a character? Is it their favorite snack, their bushy eyebrows, their relationship with their mom, their all black wardrobe? Come spend Saturday, September 12 building a character from the ground up. We’ll...
September 12, 2015
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, Suite 600
New York NY 10001
The Empire Strikes India & China: Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh
Location: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Doors open at 6:30 PM. It’s 1839 and China and Great Britain stand on the brink of the First Opium War. By the time it’s over, the Western powers will have torched the Emperor’s summer palace, legalized the Opium trade...
Claiming Space in Mystery: Writing Workshop
Steph Cha
One evening session, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8 Fee: $25 Class limit 15 people Whodunnit? Your instinctual answer might be stuffy British aristocrats and their shady butlers, but a good detective knows to look beyond the usual suspects. This mystery-writing workshop considers crime fiction in a new light....
September 8, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Anti-Nationalism Day!
Chaya Babu, Muna Gurung, Amitava Kumar, Hari Kunzru, and Swati Khurana
For the final event in the Post-Midnight series, guest curator the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is throwing a rather unusual holiday: Anti-Nationalism Day. An invented holiday meant to humorously rebut India's Independence Day on August 15th, Anti-Nationalism Day will feature poets and writers reading newly written pieces in response...
August 30, 2015
3:00 PM
Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens NY 11368
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