Past Events

Fragile Family
Esme Wang, Alice Sola Kim, Wei Tchou, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Come through for a special evening featuring four emerging writers on family trauma and celebrating the release of the debut novel by Esme Wang. She’ll be joined by Whiting Award Winner Alice Sola Kim and New Yorker contributor Wei Tchou in conversation with novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. In Esme Wang’s...
June 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
On Failure: Celebrating Hua Hsu's Floating Chinaman
Hua Hsu, Jon Caramanica, Ashok Kondabolu, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Dave Tompkins, and Esther Wang
Come through for a special event on ruminating on failure and celebrating the new book by Hua Hsu, A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific. The book takes its title from a lost manuscript by H. T. Tsiang, an oddball early Chinese immigrant experimental writer whose dismal literary...
June 8, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Rumaan Alam and Mira Jacob
Rumaan Alam reads from his new book Rich and Pretty: A Novel (HarperCollins 2016) in conversation with novelist Mira Jacob. Mention AAWW when you check out at this special B&N book fair event and we’ll receive 10% of your purchase as a donation! Rumaan’s Rich and Pretty is an irresistible...
June 7, 2016
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
150 E 86th Street
New York
Poetry Poetry IV
Ocean Vuong, Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Jennifer Hayashida
This is POETRY POETRY EPISODE IV, so that means this is some A New Hope sh*t. Come through for three emerging poets who’re wielding the force and making it new: Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Ocean Vuong, who just won the Whiting Award and found himself the subject of a...
May 19, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Japanese Feminist Comics
MariNaomi, Rokudenashiko, and Anne Ishii
Come hear two storytellers who are working at the edge of gender, sexuality, and the visual arts: graphic novelist MariNaomi, whose critically acclaimed new comic memoir explores her time working at hostess bars in Tokyo, and Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, who was arrested last year in Japan for "distribution of...
May 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
SOLASTALGIA: Eco-Feminist Poetry by Queer Poets of Color
Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda
Join us at AAWW for an evening of eco-feminist poetry that navigates time travel, queer resilience, migrant justice, love, trauma, fantasy, and indigenous survivance featuring Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda. This is the homecoming show of SOLASTALGIA: a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary poetry of...
May 17, 2016
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Blast Radius
Karan Mahajan and Amitava Kumar
Karan Mahajan’s new novel The Association of Small Bombs explores the profound effects terrorism can have on a family and a community. One of the most celebrated novels of the year, the book has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times, which named...
May 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St.
New York NY 10001
TURNING YOUR REAL LIFE INTO FICTION: A NOVEL WORKSHOP
Helen Wan
Four sessions 6-8pm: Wed 5/11, Tues 5/24, Tues 5/31, Tues 6/7. No class 5/17. Fees & Payment Options: Full class tuition: $325 General / $300 Members Full payment due before first class. Deposit: $80 General / $75 Members Try out the first class and see what you think! Just pay...
May 11, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Intro to Islamophobia and Xenophobia
Deepa Iyer, YaliniDream, Hina Shamsi, Aber Kawas
If you’ve been following the Presidential election, you’ve heard Donald Trump call for a database tracking all Muslim Americans and Ted Cruz suggest banning Muslim refugees purely on their religion. While this nativism is not new, dating back to 9/11 and before, these examples show how crucial xenophobia remains for...
May 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Colonial Manifests
John Keene and Naomi Williams
We’re treading the treacherous waters of the Age of Exploration and the history of New World slavery. Guiding your rudder will be two formally adventurous story collections: Dark Room Collective member John Keene’s Counternarratives (named Best of 2015 by Flavorwire, Lambda Literary, LitHub, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine) and...
May 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York New York 11366
Imagined Communities in Indonesia and the Philippines
Leila Chudori, Vicente Rafael and Gina Apostol
Join us for a special night about nationhood, exile, and Southeast Asian history featuring seminal Indonesian novelist Leila Chudori and honoring the late Benedict Anderson. The Jakarta-based Chudori will read from her novel Home, which spans the generation of left dissidents forced into exile by the 1965 killings and Suharto’s...
April 29, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Poets & Writers' Seventh Annual Connecting Cultures Reading
Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan
Join us Poets & Writers’s seventh annual Connecting Cultures reading, featuring: Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan. Event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. RESERVE A SEAT! /\ /\ \/\/ \/\/...
April 27, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Women of Color Writing on the Internet
Kate Gavino, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, Mallika Rao, and Esther Wang
Join Kate Gavino with an awesome lineup of emerging writers talking about the challenges, thrills and tribulations of writing as a women of color online. Gavino’s Last Night Reading literary event illustrations have blown up to be a Tumblr sensation. She’ll be joined by Esther Wang, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham,...
April 25, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Hybrid Details: Honoring Fred Wah
Fred Wah, Wo Chan, Mark Nowak and Jeff Derksen
Poet Fred Wah is a living legend in Canada, but he remains woefully under-read in this country. To remedy that, we’re celebrating Fred’s oeuvre--a jazzy, radical exploration of place and racial hybridity--and the publication of Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962–1991 (Talonbooks 2016). We’ll have Fred himself, on a rare...
April 13, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York New York 11366
The Map-maker's Colors
Hala Alyan, J. Mae Barizo, Zeina Hashem Beck, Youmna Chlala
In a poem published in The Margins, J. Mae Barizo writes: “And if there was no country [...] there would be no memory, neither an others or one’s own.” Come hear three lyric poets whose new books grapple with the cost and value of remembering a place: Hala Alyan, Zeina...
April 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
A4 Town Hall
Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Wei Tchou, and more!
We’re glad to be joining the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Town Hall, a bi-monthly event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! Are you an artist or arts organization who wants to pitch your work, upcoming event, grant, or award in a safe community space? Present your 60-second elevator pitch...
April 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
AAWW at AWP—The NEA Turns 50: Celebrating a Half-Century of Support for Literature in America
Amy Stolls, Fiona McCrae, Luis Alberto Urrea, Natasha Trethewey, & Ken Chen
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What do Ralph Ellison, Harper Lee, and John Steinbeck have in common? They were among the first council members of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966 that argued for grants to creative writers. Since then, the NEA has...
April 1, 2016
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
AAWW at AWP—Asian American Caucus
Ken Chen, Sunyoung Lee, & Cathy Linh Che
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What literary resources are available for Asian American writers? What does it mean to be an Asian writer in the 21st century? This first Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out...
March 31, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
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
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