Past Events

On The Edge: Readings from the Asian/Pacific American Avant-garde
April Naoko Heck, Tarfia Faizullah, Luis H. Francia, and Hieu Minh Nguyen, moderated by Ken Chen
As part of the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival and NYU Literary Mews, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents a reading of avant-garde Asian/Pacific American writing that is on the edge. Challenging distinctions between genre and form, these texts push the boundaries of literature, poetry, and history to defy categorization....
May 2, 2014
3:30 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York
Twins and Pop Stars
Tom Cho, Eugene Lim
Meet a grandma named Bruce, an occasional Godzilla, and Whitney Houston's bodyguard/lover.  Tom Cho's Look Who’s Morphing was published to acclaim in Australia and shortlisted for multiple literary awards—including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book—and has been studied at universities in Canada, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Japan. It is finally...
April 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Take a Stand for Free Expression in China
Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Ha Jin, Alison Klayman, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel
On the occasion of Ai Weiwei's retrospective opening at the Brooklyn Museum, Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Ha Jin, Alison Klayman, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel will read writing and testimonials from Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, and  Ilham Tohti in support of freedom expression in China. Follow and tweet your support...
April 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn NY 11238
Damaged Good
Akhil Sharma, Renato Rosaldo, moderated by Catherine Barnett
Suffering doesn't make us noble, but it forces itself into our lives anyway. Akhil Sharma reads from his new book Family Life, some thirteen years in the making. Sharma uses precise prose to create moments of intense pain, duty, and revelation as a young boy and his family learn to live through a wrenching...
April 9, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Connecting Cultures with Poets & Writers, Inc.
Timothy DuWhite, Sania Khan, Veda Kumarjiguda, A. Lyric, Charleen McClure, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Cindy “Black Angel” Peralta, and April Ranger
This year's cross-cultural reading features writers who have been funded through Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops Program, representing the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Robleswrites, and Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon. Writers will be introduced by Nadia Ahmad, JP Howard, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and more! For...
April 3, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Bangladesh: 1,000 Words
Celina Su, Wah-Ming Chang, Meera Nair, Sunil Yapa, Sunu Chandy, Alaudin Ullah, Faheem Haider, Jordan Alam, & friends
"I don't want to be your icon of poverty/ Or a sponge for your guilt" wrote photographer and poet Shahidul Alam. This is one of the driving sentiments behind the exhibition Eyes On Bangladesh, which showcases the work of nine noted Bengali photographers together in New York City for the...
March 29, 2014
6:00 PM
Soundview Broadcasting
36-01 37th Ave
Long Island City NY 11101
Hawai'i Creole
Gail N. Harada, Ann Inoshita, Lisa Linn Kanae, Juliet S. Kono, Christy Passion, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama
The writers of Bamboo Ridge Press draw on Native Hawaiian, Japanese, and Standard English to craft a hybrid poetry that reflects the history and culture of their islands. Join us for a rare chance to hear six of these poets read in New York. Four will read from their collective...
March 27, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Movement and Meter
Luis Francia, Esther Wang, Zohra Saed, Fay Chiang, Alison Roh Park, and Jen Hayashida
they want me to settle down when I have not yet lived – Frances Chung The struggle was everywhere during the 1970s Asian American Movement. In between rallies, volunteer health services, and radical study groups, many activists sat down to write poetry. On the final night of the exhibition Serve...
March 23, 2014
5:00 PM
Interference Archive
131 8th St #4
Brooklyn NY 11215
No Freedom for the Enemy
Arun Kundnani and Amos Toh
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy.” Undercover officers and informants have spied on 30 mosques in New York alone, and counter-terrorism agents have a file on every Moroccan taxi driver in the city. Based on several years of research and reportage from Texas and New York to Yorkshire, The Muslims are Coming! by...
March 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Extended: The Seventeenth Annual Asian American Literary Awards
All of Your Favorite Asian American Authors
The Annual Asian American Literary Awards honor Asian American writers for excellence in three categories: (1) fiction,(2) poetry, and (3) nonfiction. Literary awards recipients are determined by a national panel of judges who are selected on the basis of expertise in a literary genre and/or experience in academic environments relevant...
All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Renata Marinaro
Are you a freelance/self-employed writer, journalist, photographer, artist, or producer without health insurance? Do you have questions about how the NY Health Insurance Exchange works and how to sign up before the March 31st deadline? Come to a free informational session hosted by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, South Asian...
February 25, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, #600
New York NY 10001
Swimming in Dystopia
Chang-rae Lee and Catherine Chung
Chang-rae Lee's new novel On Such A Full Sea is what you might call a post-post-apocalyptic novel. The world has already ended, the environment already ravaged beyond belief. And that’s when things get interesting. The novel follows Fan, a diminutive fishtank diver and descendant from the settlers from New China,...
February 20, 2014
6:30 PM
Chambers Fine Art
522 West 19th Street (between 10th and 11th Aves)
New York NY 10011
Mothers & Others
Catherine Chung, Mai Der Vang, & Dina Nayeri
Blood is thicker than water, but this has never stopped intra-family drama. Join us for an evening of conversation with Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country), Mai Der Vang (How do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology), and Dina Nayeri (A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea) about history, separations and schisms,...
February 6, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Language and the Inner Life
Rabih Alameddine and Youmna Chlala
We suspect that you, like us, have a rich inner life, and never get tired of traipsing its landscape. Join us on the 30th if you carry a portrait of Emily Dickinson in your heart, and have a soft spot for introverts and writers who are obsessed with the power...
January 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St
New York NY
The Interdependent Self: A Reading & Conversation
Ruth Ozeki & Gish Jen
This event is sold out! To hear about future programs first, sign up for our mailing list. How do you make sense of something that's always shifting? Identity and self-definition are perpetually in flux -- writer/reader, past/future, fiction/reality, linear/cyclical, maker/made are treated as dichotomies, but these writers illustrate that each is...
January 8, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Sex, Love, and Scandal: A Reading & Conversation
Indira Ganesan, Shereen El Feki, & Timothy Liu
Days are short; nights are long and cold. We're entering prime cozying-up season. (In other words: there's a good reason so many babies are born in September.) Please join us for an evening of readings and talk about what really drives humankind and its literary documentarians: love, sex, and all...
December 17, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Second Settlements
Chee Malabar, Amitava Kumar, Daisy Rockwell, Tanuj Chopra, & Dax-Devlon Ross
An evening of film, art, literature, and music, Second Settlements features artists whose work arises out of a necessity to resettle spaces, both real and imagined. Second Settlements is an exploration of places and experiences long lived out by the artists, that still weigh heavily in their creative work. In the work of each of...
December 14, 2013
8:00 PM
Gowanus Loft
61 9th Street
Brooklyn 11215
KAYA NATIN! (We CAN DO THIS!):  Filipino American Writers' Bayanihan Benefit for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Survivors
Jessica Hagedorn, Ninotchka Rosca, Sheila Coronel, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, R.A. Villanueva, Gina Apostol, Bino A. Realuyo, Nita Noveno, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Please join us for a community gathering, literary reading, and book sale in the spirit of Bayanihan, in support of typhoon survivors. Featuring readings and discussion with Jessica Hagedorn, Ninotchka Rosca, Sheila Coronel, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, R.A. Villanueva, Gina Apostol and others. Hosted by Bino A. Realuyo and Nita Noveno. Books...
November 23, 2013
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
An Rong Xu, Ed Lin, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
It's time to bring your words and music-making talents to the stage again. Our Mouth-to-Mouth Open Mic series is back for its best season yet! Polish off the skeletons in the family closet and bring your poems/fiction/songs/comedy the theme of ANCESTORS. Veteran open mic host Ed Lin will master the ceremonies, and special guest...
November 22, 2013
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Decorative Gourd Season: A Poetry Reading with April Naoko Heck, Natalie Diaz, & Ocean Vuong
April Naoko Heck, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, R.A. Villanueva, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
It's Decorative Gourd Season around here, as McSweeney’s famously declared — a time to look back at all the hard work that’s gone into producing the fruits we now collect and devour in gluttonous revelry. To mark the season, we’re inviting poets, writers, and readers alike to join us in...
November 21, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture
Gaiutra Bahadur, SAWCC, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Join us as SAWCC celebrates the publication of Gaiutra Bahadur‘s book Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (U of Chicago Press 2013) in a multimedia evening of text, image, and song. Guyanese are the second largest immigrant group in Queens and among the five largest in New York City, and their story of coming...
November 16, 2013
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Race, Page & Stage: A Youth Theater Intensive
Melissa Reburiano, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop
A FREE youth theater weekend workshop! Friday, November 15, 5 - 7 pm Saturday, November 16, 10 am - 2 pm Sunday, November 17, 10 am - 2 pm Budding dramatists ages 15-18 are invited to apply for this F-R-E-E weekend theater intensive. Race, Page & Stage is a workshop...
November 15, 2013
5:00 PM
Teachers and Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, #2020
New York NY 10018
Two Truths & a Lie: Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction Workshop
Bushra Rehman & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
This workshop is full! Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future workshops. Six Mondays, November 11 –December 16, 2013, 7 pm - 9 pm Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship and self-aggrandizement....
November 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Wonder Years: A Reading & Conversation with Evelina Galang & Marina Budhos
Evelina Galang, Marina Budhos, Erica Chutuape, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Being young can be difficult terrain. Awkward human growing pains sometimes coincide with migration and racial difference and family drama. Fortunately, travelers and writers have left maps (in the form of Young Adult literature) at the formative threshold between childhood and grown-upness to help along the path. This becomes even...
November 7, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Better Living Through Chemistry/Biology
Hanya Yanagihara, Kimiko Hahn, Michael Leong, Sangu Iyer, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Join us for an evening of readings and conversation about the biological and chemical sciences as muse for fiction and poetry as you sip a Fountain of Youth Cocktail**. Hanya Yanagihara's novel The People in the Trees explores, among themes of colonization and moral relativism in the social sciences, immortality,...
October 24, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY
Guernica and the Brooklyn Public Library's Race in Publishing Discussion Series: Non Fiction Edition
Jamilah King, Kiese Laymon, Ken Chen & Lisa Lucas
You're invited to join as Brooklyn Public Library and Guernica present the first of a series of three discussions on race in publishing. In June, Guernica published a themed issue exploring Race in America, with an investment in helping to create meaningful conversation, broaden our community, and develop actionable steps...
October 10, 2013
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn NY
PAGE TURNER: The AAWW Food and Books Festival
40+ writers and artists
Half indoor block party, half book bash, PAGE TURNER: The AAWW Food and Books Festival is an unforgettable all-day free public fair that’ll bring together more than 40 writers and performers and the best of Brooklyn culinary culture. Drop by Roulette and the YWCA in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday, October...
October 5, 2013
11:00 AM
Roulette / YWCA
3rd Ave & Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn NY
Said is Dead. Long Live Said!
Martin Espada, Chee Malabar, Kade Ellis, Anjali Kamat, Daisy Rockwell, Robyn Spenver, & Manan Ahmed
Ten years after Edward Said’s passing, the financial and ideological crisis in higher education has caused the academy to increasingly retreat into itself. Ten years after Edward Said, it is difficult to find an academic who moves so seamlessly between world, text, and critique; who resists trenchant disciplinary specialization while...
September 27, 2013
7:00 PM
Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY
141 Convent Ave @ 135th Street
New York NY
On the Noodle Road: A Reading & Conversation with Jen Lin-Liu
Jen Lin-Liu, Francis Lam, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Pasta lovers of the world unite: We're celebrating our love for food and travel writing with Jen Lin-Liu’s On The Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta. Jen will cook for us! And read and talk about how she hopped on the Silk Road in an attempt to find...
September 26, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Pink Power: A Reading and Conversation with Amana Fontanella-Khan and Annapurna Potluri
Amana Fontanella-Khan, Annapurna Potluri, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Vikas Bajaj, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Annapurna Potluri, author of The Grammarian, Amana Fontanella-Khan, author of Pink Sari Revolution, and artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh join us for readings and conversation about women's lives and political power in a fictional India of this time last century and a contemporary world that is grappling with its response to sexual...
September 24, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
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