Past Events

Presence and Poetry
Dorothy J. Wang, Sarah Gambito, Ken Chen
Do we read white poets the same way we do poets of color? Dorothy J. Wang’s Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, And Subjectivity In Contemporary Asian American Poetry calls for a radical rethinking of how we read American poetry. Writers of color are seen as secondary to those who are...
August 26, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Apogee Journal, DarkMatter, Christopher Soto
Mouth to Mouth is AAWW’s open mic series. We provide a safe space to forge new art and communities. We’ve seen unpublished writers and legendary authors, sparked book deals, and hosted comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. DarkMatter is a queer South Asian performance and literary arts duo made up of Alok...
August 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Ghost Month Night Market
Ed Lin
At the start of Ed Lin's Ghost Month, a young man finds that his ex-girlfriend has been murdered. Turns out she was working as a "betel nut beauty": one of the scantily-clad women who stand by roadsides selling the snacks to truck drivers. AAWW is setting the scene for Lin's book at the start...
August 1, 2014
6:00 PM
Taipei Cultural Center
1 East 42nd Street, 7th Floor
New York NY
BDS: What It Means for Artists
BDS Arts Coalition, Remi Kanazi, Hannah Mermelstein, and Josh MacPhee
In 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations called on people around the world to join a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and ends its occupation of Palestinian land.  While prominent musicians and filmmakers have publicly supported BDS,...
July 31, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Ai Weiwei: The Seed
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Jessica Chen, Jason Kao Hwang, Adriel Luis, Kit Yan
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai's Ai Weiwei: The Seed is a live music, video, dance and spoken word piece exploring the roots of Ai Weiwei's political consciousness and emergence as one of the world's foremost artists and thinkers. "Ai Weiwei: The Seed" tracks the artist's life from his childhood in exile with his political poet father Ai Qing to his formative decade in...
July 24, 2014
7:30 PM
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn
Shahnameh, Order, and Myth
Porochista Khakpour and Hamid Rahmanian
T.S. Eliot said that re-purposing myth was "a step toward making the modern world possible for art." He didn't know it could take forms as wondrous, colorful, and quirky as in the work of Porochista Khakpour and Hamid Rahmanian, who both updated tales from the Shahnameh, the Book of Kings. Khakpour's...
July 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York ---select one--- 10001
The Favorite Daughter
Celeste Ng, Catherine Chung
Mystery, immigrant narrative, family drama, coming of age story: Celeste Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You blends and transcends genre. The novel starts with the death of a young woman and turns into a family's process of discovery. AAWW celebrates the book's launch with Greenlight Books. Long-time AAWW friend Catherine Chung (author of Forgotten...
July 9, 2014
7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn NY 11238
One Foot in Chinatown
Jean Kwok, Annie Ling
Is Chinatown a ghetto, an enclave, an opportunity, an obligation? If it was home once, is it always? Jean Kwok's new novel, Mambo in Chinatown, tells the story of a young woman hitting the ballroom scene while holding onto her family and the neighborhood she knows. She celebrates its release with a reading at AAWW....
June 24, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Franny Choi, Ed Lin, Jen Kwok
  Franny Choi's debut book just came out, and comedienne Jen Kwok and novelist Ed Lin are throwing down an open mic to celebrate. Called a "a beautiful, fearlessly loaded weapon” by Ed Bok Lee, Choi's Floating, Brilliant, Gone leads readers through the complex landscapes of absence, memory, and identity. Franny...
June 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Tarnishing Singapore
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Damon Chua, Colin Goh, moderated by Hirsh Sawhney
Singapore is known for order, safety, cleanliness. Singapore Noir, a new book edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, breaks us of that image. Join us for stories of geomancy, gambling, fisheries, and femmes fatales by Tan and contributors Damon Chua and Colin Goh. Moderated by Hirsh Sawhney (editor of Delhi Noir). Presented by the Asian American...
June 12, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Screening and Salon: Who is Dayani Cristal?
Lina Srivastava, Sarnata Reynolds, moderated by Michele Wucker
In recognition of World Refugee Day, this World Policy Salon brings together the film’s producers and immigration experts for a discussion of the ecosystem of global migration issues in the award-winning film Who is Dayani Cristal?  Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora Desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a...
June 11, 2014
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
The 2014 AAWW Publishing Conference
Min Jin Lee, Alexander Chee, Jay Caspian Kang, Tayari Jones, Jin Auh, Kirby Kim, Jacqueline Ko, Shaun Dolan, Robert Guinsler, and many more
You're a writer. We know it. You know it. We also know that sometimes the hardest part isn't getting your ideas down on paper, but getting your manuscript out of the slush pile. It's hard to know where to start, especially if you've got a full-time job or are raising...
June 8, 2014
12:00 PM
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn NY
Love in 1980s Korea
Kyung-sook Shin
When Kyung-sook Shin released Please Look After Mom in 2009, it was an international sensation, selling some two million copies. Her seventh novel, I’ll Be Right There, is a coming-of-age story set in South Korea’s turbulent 1980s. Her work explores the intersections of family duty, romance, and historical upheaval, marked by sparse prose and intense,...
June 5, 2014
6:30 PM
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue, 8th floor
New York
Debut Ball: Reading, Pinata, Dance
Sally Wen Mao, R.A. Villanueva, Tarfia Faizullah, Cathy Linh Che
2014 will go down as an historic year for poetry. We're feting Sally Wen Mao's debut Mad Honey Symposium. Dave Eggers likes its "gritty, world-wise sense of humor that gives her work heavyweight swagger.” Also just released: Cathy Linh Che's Split, a tender exploration of  war, diaspora, and violence, and Tarfia Faizullah's Seam, based on interviews with women...
May 31, 2014
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Noir, Neon, Karaoke, Crime
Henry Chang
Come for the drink specials, Wong Kar-wai-esque neon lighting, and writer Henry Chang reading from his new book Death Money. Stay for the karaoke. Part of Chang's Detective Jack Yu series, Death Money takes us from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to...
May 15, 2014
6:30 PM
Asia Roma
40 Mulberry Street
New York NY
The Margins and Open City Fellowships - Information Session
the editors of The Margins and Open City
In case you missed it, we're now accepting applications for two different fellowships at AAWW associated with our online magazines, Open City and The Margins.
May 8, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Metropole II: Rats and Comedy
Amitava Kumar, Uday Prakash, Valeria Luiselli, Jason Grunebaum moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Sometimes the only way into the heart of a city, with its layers of history and teeming populace, is through the overlooked detail, the back-alley tale, the surreal. In A Matter of Rats, Amitava Kumar offers a sensitive portrait of his hometown Patna, using city's rat infestation as a entry...
May 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
Metropole I: Old Colony, New Capital
Rana Dasgupta, Teju Cole
Two writers explore metropolises they have known for years, finding them changed, expanding, dangerous, lively. Rana Dasgupta’s Capital: The Eruption of Delhi takes a personal, journalistic account of the deep contradictions in the expanding city, from its new billionaires to the slums surrounding them. In Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole’s...
May 3, 2014
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
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
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