Past Events

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 15, 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
The Art & Politics Party: A Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event
Guernica Magazine, CultureStrike, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop
CultureStrike, Guernica Magazine, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop's The Margins invite you to our Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd party. Folks who think political dissidents are cute and overworked editors are sexy should join us to celebrate online publishing, art, politics, and the end of summer. Come to talk to...
September 19, 2013
7:00 PM
Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand St (between Lorimer & Leonard)
Brooklyn NY
Helen Wan Presents The Partner Track
Helen Wan, Anne Ishii & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Helen Wan brings her inside experience at corporate law firms to bear in her new novel The Partner Track, the story of an ambitious young Chinese-American woman who's being groomed to become the first minority female partner at one of the country's most prestigious law firms, until an incident at...
September 16, 2013
7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St
Brooklyn NY 11217
CORONA: An Ode to Bushra Rehman’s Queens
Jaishri Abichandani, Nadia Q. Ahmad, Jennifer Chowdhury, Dulani, Soniya Munshi, and Sa’dia Rehman
We’re singing our praises to Queens! Join Bushra Rehman and friends/writers/artists Jaishri Abichandani, Nadia Q. Ahmad, Jennifer Chowdhury, Dulani, Soniya Munshi, and Sa'dia Rehman for a multi-media, salon-style reading and celebration of Rehman's new novel Corona,which was recently featured in Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction issue. Accompanied by iconic images of Queens, these readers pay tribute to Rehman's lyrical coming-of-age narrative as well as the borough they call home.
September 13, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St, 6th Fl
New York New York 10004
Kollaboration New York 2013 Launch Party
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
Come celebrate with Kollaboration New York as we kick off their official launch party and the premiere of their 2013 music video! With less than two months until one of the most highly-anticipated annual talent competitions of the year, this season’s show includes 10 finalists who have been going through...
September 5, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St, 6th Fl
New York NY 10001
Evil Winds and a Bad Moon: Bill Cheng's "Southern Cross the Dog"
Tyehimba Jess, Imani Uzuri, & Siddhartha Mitter
Come on by as we listen to globally-inspired composer/vocalist Imani Uzuri (whose "gorgeously chesty ruminations" [New York Times] "sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch" [Village Voice]) perform a blues set and Bill Cheng read to us from his bluesy new novel "Southern Cross the Dog." Characterized by...
August 29, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St, 6th Fl
New York NY
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
A.X. Ahmad & John-Flor Sisante
We're roaring back with a vengeance! Print out your best prose and bring it to the first AAWW Open Mic of 2013, with hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok. We will be joined by A.X. Ahmad and Open Mic favorite John-Flor Sisante. A.X. Ahmad's debut novel The Caretaker follows ex-Indian...
July 12, 2013
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
Honoring Salman Rushdie
We're presenting Salman Rushdie with our lifetime achievement award
May 6, 2013
6:00 PM
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street
New York NY 10013
Rishi Nath, Humera Afridi, and Sukjong Hong
In partnership with TC's Kappa Delta Pi and the Asian American Writers' Workshop we will host a read-aloud of provocative writings on Immigrants and Class. The creative work of fellows of the Asian American Writers Workshop calls to our attention different circumstances, thoughts, and experiences of Asian immigrants and how it relates to class in...
April 24, 2013
6:00 PM
Columbia Teachers Collge
525 W 120th St
New York NY 10027
Celebrating Vivek Bald's Bengali Harlem at the Schomburg Center
Alaudin Ullah & Himanshu Suri
A book event with theater, film, and community forum presented by afro-latin@ forum, Asian American Writer's Workshop, and the Schombug Center for Research in Black Culture.
April 6, 2013
5:30 PM
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York NY 10030
The Hanging on Union Square by H.T. Tsiang:
Floyd Cheung, Hua Hsu, Soomi Kim, Sunyoung Lee, Nicky Paraiso, & Ken Chen
Pay tribute to H.T. Tsiang's experimental, proletarian novel on Depression-era New York.
March 28, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU Gallery
8 Washington Mews
New York New York
Reading for Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories II
Abeer Hoque, Amitava Kumar, Mohan Sikka, Ranbir Sidhu, & Sheba Karim
Join us at the Aicon Gallery for an evening of literary erotica, sex trivia, and other surprises!
March 27, 2013
7:00 PM
Aicon Gallery
35 Great Jones Street
New York NY 100012
Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto
Anna Khaja, Ramzi Kassem, Manan Ahmed, Madiha Tahir, & Faiza Patel
Writer/performer Anna Khaja sheds light on the historical and political forces surrounding Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while attempting to reunite a nation bitterly divided over the ideals of Islam and democracy. Through the monologues of eight characters that take place in the minutes before...
March 15, 2013
7:30 PM
The Culture Project
45 Bleecker Street
New York NY 10012
AAWW @ 2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair
Francisco Aragón, Harold Augenbraum, Ken Chen, Youmna Chlala, Rigoberto González, Jocelyn Hale, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Jeffrey Lependorf, Mark Nowak, Camille Rankine, Favianna Rodriguez, and Nicole Sealey
Literary administrators of color are still a rarity. Representatives will discuss diversifying the field on a collegial and programmatic level, as well as the retention and recruitment of minority administrators within the literary nonprofit industry, the academy, and beyond. The discussion will be followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.
March 7, 2013
12:00 AM
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton St
Boston MA 02199
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction
Bushra Rehman
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. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Through original writing exercises, we will learn literary techniques including character, dialogue, setting and story arc. In our writing, we will draw upon both the truths and lies of our experience because our lives are too rich not to write about and our imaginations are too strong to ignore. All levels of writers are welcome.
March 4, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Get Fresh Off the Boat
Eddie Huang & Hot 97's DJ Miss Info
Chef Eddie Huang of VICE food travelogue “Fresh Off the Boat” talks about his new memoir of the same name with Hot 97 deejay, Miss Info. Fresh Off the Boat is a true foodie’s journey, taking readers from theme-park America to Baohaus, the East Village Taiwanese street food joint Huang...
February 21, 2013
7:00 PM
Chambers Fine Art
522 W 19th St
New York New York 10011
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