Past Events

Metropole III: Karachi Crossroads
Sadia Shepard, Bilal Tanweer, Durba Mitra
Among the many characters in The Scatter Here Is Too Great, Bilal Tanweer's new novel, is the city of Karachi itself: its diverse, thriving population. The episodic novel follows a series of characters and voices after a bomb goes off at Karachi Cantt station.  Sadia Shepard will show an excerpt of her gorgeous film cycle The Other...
October 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York NY
Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie
Bushra Rehman
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays from October 6- November 10, 2014, 7PM-9PM at AAWW Fee: $275 General/$250 AAWW Members Deposit: $50 General Deposit/$40 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...
October 6, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
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Open Mic: Burqa Project Edition
Ayesha Akhtar
AAWW’s open mic series provides 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 We’ve seen unpublished writers and legendary authors, sparked book deals, and hosted comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. Featured presenter Ayesha Akhtar will break down The Burqa Project, in which she asks men...
September 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
The Popular is Political
Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee
You love the sound of "Blurred Lines" but hate the words. You're troubled by The Help. Where do feminism and diversity fit into this crazy world of pop culture? Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist doesn't offer up definitive answers, it provokes us into conversation. Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and the great blog Koreanish, joins her on...
September 22, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York NY
Blind Musicians and The Peshawar Bazaar
Kamila Shamsie, Hari Kunzru
Hari Kunzru has gone digital with his multimedia essay “Twice Upon a Time” for the Atavist. The Atavist is going print with their first paper book, Kamila Shamsie's A God in Every Stone. Kunzru's essay is a take on New York through music and memory, with the sounds of the blind musician Moondog....
September 18, 2014
7:00 PM
McNally Jackson
52 Prince St
New York NY 10012
These Sacred Bones
R.A. Villanueva, Janine Joseph, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, John Murillo, Patrick Rosal, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Part religious meditation, part pop culture, R.A. Villanueva's Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning debut Reliquaria uses the body as a starting point for everything else. AAWW is toasting the launch of his book with a stellar lineup of poets presenting their work with him. Award-winning performance poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will emcee the...
September 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Dumbo Sky
10 Jay St, #903
Brooklyn New York
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
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 30, 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
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
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