Past Events

Asian American Poetry: Past, Present and Future with Neelanjana Banerjee, Victoria Chang, Ken Chen, Timothy Yu, and Srikanth Reddy
Neelanjana Banerjee, Victoria Chang, Ken Chen, Timothy Yu, & Srikanth Reddy
Marilyn Chin said: ‘Our poetry is not a static enterprise but a thriving, historical progression.’ As we look at Asian American poetry today, much as changed, yet much has stayed the same. This panel will feature a group of diverse literary critics, anthologists, and poets in a vibrant discussion to...
March 3, 2012
3:30 PM
AWP, The Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Private Dining Room 2
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago Illinois
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Annie Choi & Leah Winkler
The next installment of our blindingly fun Mouth to Mouth Open Mic is here! Brave the mad March weather to hear Leah Winkler and Annie Choi at our monthly party. Leah, a current member of Youngblood Theater Company, is a talented playwright and director. The New York Times praised her...
March 2, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma, & Nami Mun
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma, and Nami Mun read new work and the life behind their literature: private writing rituals; relationships with mentors and peers; favorite books, songs on iTunes repeat and performance-enhancing alcoholic drinks; social media and other procrastination devices. Ask nicely and they’ll talk about writing as...
March 2, 2012
12:00 PM
AWP, The Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Private Dining Room 2
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago Illinois
"Real Karaoke People" in Queens
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs & Grace Cho
Bringing together the best of two worlds -- poetry and noraebang --"Real Karaoke People" is a literary reading/karaoke event that will harmonize, shake, split, and excavate the deeper musical notes of diasporic narratives centered on community, family, the romantic, and immigration. Inspired by Ed Bok Lee’s Real Karaoke People, this...
February 24, 2012
7:00 PM
Place @ Main KTV Bar & Lounge
36-45 Main St. 2nd Fl.
Flushing New York 11355
Amar Chitra Katha
Monica Ferrell, Chitra Ganesh, Keshni Kashyap, & Himanshu “Heems” Suri of Das Racist
Does your knowledge about the Ramayana come entirely from comics your mom bought you from Jackson Heights? Or are you a comic book fan interested in engaging with one of the bestselling comics in both Asia and the world? Party down with the Workshop’s tribute to Amar Chitra Katha, the...
February 16, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York
"Love & Solidarity in Queens"
Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, & Lara Stapleton
Does Valentine’s Day have you all atwitter? Ease into your “mahal kita” with an afternoon of stellar performances from acclaimed Filipino poets and writers. The featured performances from Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton, as well as performances from Filipino community...
February 12, 2012
3:00 PM
Bayanihan Filipino Community Center
40-21 69th Street
Woodside New York 11377
"Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee": A Poetry Workshop
Monica Youn
Add power to your poetic punches and fleetness to your formal footwork. These classes will focus on adding techniques, tension, and twists to your expressive toolbox. Specific classes will focus on landing leaps, torquing turns, and the uses and abuses of certain voids. There will be a weekly writing assignment...
February 6, 2012
6:45 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York
Mouth to Mouth Lunar New Year Open Mic
Carla Ching & Angel Yau
Not ready for the New Year festivities to end just yet? Celebrate the Lunar New Year with hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok at our first open mic of 2012, featuring the brilliantly funny sketch comedian Angel Yau, who has performed at the NYC Underground Comedy Festival and the Upright...
February 3, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
How to Be A Performance Poet
YaliniDream & Kilusan Bautista
Are you a high school or college student who wants to be a writer? Or just someone who’s ever wanted to grab the mic? Come join two incredible artists as they show you the ropes of performance and spoken word poetry. YaliniDream artfully weaves her spoken word with music and...
February 3, 2012
4:15 PM
Asian American/Asian Research Institute, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floo
New York New York
Off the Beaten Path: Fiction Writers
Alice Albinia, Sabina Murray, & Neela Vaswani
Are you in dire need of a bon voyage? Come hear three acclaimed writers read works set in the places usually at the periphery of the map. Alice Albinia re-imagines the Mahabharata in urban Delhi in her debut novel of manners, Leela’s Book. A character-packed page-turner, Leela’s Book is a...
February 2, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Xu Xi & editor Anna Sherman
Xu Xi has been called a "pioneer writer from Asia in English" by the New York Times, and a pioneer of a distinct kind of diasporic language. Shortlisted for the Man Asia award, her latest work, Habit of a Foreign Sky, moves between Hong Kong and New York, as the biracial female...
November 8, 2011
6:30 PM
The Asia Society
725 Park Ave (70th Street)
New York New York
Master Lee & Sung Rno
Our riotous Open Mic this week features Master (of comedy and karate) Lee and Sung (playwright genius) Rno. Open your mouth and say ahh—or say a poem! Or say a story! Or say a skat! Say anything! The sky (or at least the tin ceiling of Chelsea digs) is the...
October 22, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Bino Realuyo, Lara Stapleton, & R.A. Villanueva
Five Filipino New Yorkers, Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Bino Realuyo, Lara Stapleton, and R.A. Villanueva, read poetry and prose. From the Philippines and across the United States, these award-winning poets and novelists share their work. Bino A. Realuyo is the author of The Umbrella Country, a novel, andThe Gods We Worship Live...
October 15, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, Jessica Hagedorn, Cesar Maxit, and many more
Join us for the CultureStrike festival: a series of free public arts workshops followed by a free outdoor festival featuring writers and artists from the CultureStrike delegation. CultureStrike Arts Workshops Free to the public! Wednesday, September 14, 4-6PM For the latest information, go to http://www.wordstrike.net/ Artists, Social Media, and Social Justice The...
September 14, 2011
7:30 PM
Mercado San Augustin
100 S. Avenida Del Convento
Tucson Arizona
Bharati Mukherjee & Prithi Gowda
When Outsourced premiered last fall filled with tired, overplayed jokes that relied on bad desi accents and references to sacred cows, it seemed that American popular cultural representations of India had officially shifted from the "land of the ashram" to "the land of the call center." Whether you laughed or cringed when...
May 16, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Soomi Kim and Jay Legaspi
Join comedian Jen Kwok and Ed Lin for our monthly open mic, Mouth to Mouth. This month, we feature two artists whose works straddle multiple genres and forms. Multidisciplinary artist Soomi Kim and singer-songer Jay Legaspi will dance, sing, perform, and recite. We hope you don't stay in your seats. Sign-up for a 5-minute slot before the night...
May 13, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Supriya Bhatnagar, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Jasmin Darznik
How has the form of memoir been utilized by women writers? What can memoir tell us about history? From 1970s Iran to 1900s China, these are the stories of exceptional women. Jasmin Darznik weaves the experiences of three generations of Iranian women to reflect on their struggle against political and...
May 12, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor STE. 600
New York New York
Supriya Bhatnagar, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Jasmin Darznik
How has the form of memoir been utilized by women writers? What can memoir tell us about history? From 1970s Iran to 1900s China, these are the stories of exceptional women. Jasmin Darznik weaves the experiences of three generations of Iranian women to reflect on their struggle against political and...
May 12, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Lena Sze, Ed Litvak, Jeff Yang and Anthony Advincula
Over the last few years, new media platforms have transformed reporting in our communities: neighborhood-based blogs have informed news coverage; ethnic news organizations are collaborating in ways never seen before; and activists use social media to organize around important issues facing their community. Open City Project Director Lena Sze speaks along side Ed...
May 9, 2011
2:30 PM
New York University Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
New York New York
Henry Chang, Cristiana Baik, R.A. Villanueva, Ed Lin, Zohra Saed, and Kelly Tsai
Have you been following Open City our interdisciplinary blog and community project on gentrification and urban change? Interested in continuing the conversation about these complex issues face-to-face with bloggers, writers, and community members? In a collaboration with theNew Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New Cityand the Museum of Chinese in America, Where is...
May 7, 2011
11:00 AM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York New York
Joseph O. Legaspi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Samantha Thornhill, Samantha Chanse, and Bushra Rehman
On May 6, NOTICE, a series of readings and performances exploring the moment of stepping off the cliff and into the abyss, comes to the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Join us for an intoxicating evening navigating fear, resolve, panic, exhilaration, death, and rebirth as featured artists Joseph O. Legaspi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Samantha...
May 6, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Nathacha Appanah, Youmna Chlala, Ranbir Sidhu
From the Indian Ocean to the American west, three daring fiction writers tell the story of the dispossessed. Like many characters in postcolonial lit., their protagonists have been cut off from motherlands by war, prison and migration. But the terrain of dislocation these writers explore--spanning the island of Mauritius in...
April 30, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Hanif Kureishi and Amitava Kumar
Join us for an intimate lunch with writer Hanif Kureishi, hailed by the New York Times as one of 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Kureishi’s newly released Collected Essays presents decades of his writings on topics intimate (the making of his Oscar-nominated film My Beautiful Laundrette), literary (the nature...
April 27, 2011
12:30 PM
Yuva Frontier Indian Grill
230 East 58th Street
New York New York
R. Zamora Linmark & Gayatri Gopinath
Tired of cliched narratives of diasporic homecomings? Longing for an honest and irreverent story of coming, going, and never quite arriving? Don't miss the chance to hear R. Zamora Linmark read from his newest novel Leche--a witty, lyrical tale of a young man's return to the place of his birth and...
April 16, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Bushra Rehman and Tom X. Chao
Our monthly open mic party is always a riot. April 15 will be no exception. New York City-born poet Bushra Rehman, who Ishle Yi Park has called "a little bundle of magic," and performance artist and playwright Tom X. Chao, who, according to Richard Yates, is the "author of at...
April 15, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Linda Faigao Hall, Nita Noveno, Susan Soriano, and R.A. Villanueva
In this special 20th Anniversary Workshop reading, we honor Luis H. Francia, poet, journalist, professor, and former board member of The Asian American Writers' Workshop. Francia will be reading from his just published chapbook The Beauty of Ghosts, alongside writer/friends. Linda Faigao Hall, Nita Noveno, Susan Soriano, and R.A. Villanueva will...
April 8, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Ishle Yi Park, Suheir Hammad, Taiyo Na, Chiwan Choi, YaliniDream
We have all been struck by the unimaginable loss and despair caused by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. To support the relief effort, we're hosting poet, musician, and new mother Ishle Yi Park, who's flying into town from Kauai, Hawai'i. The New York...
April 3, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Jennifer 8. Lee
Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, is giving walking tours of New York City's Chinatown street food as a fundraiser for the Asian American Writers' Workshop. It's a 2.5 hour tour that includes (depending on availability) Xi'an Famous Foods, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Xinjiang skewers, banh mi, pulled...
April 2, 2011
2:00 PM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York New York
Sara Goudarzi, Narges Bajoghli, & Najila Naderi
From Central Asia to Iran to Brooklyn, a mutli-genre literary reading to celebrate Nowruz, our common New Year, with ground-breaking writers from the Afghan and Iranian American diasporas. Acknowledging the deeply entwined histories of our peoples and the overlapping richness of our literary traditions, this reading is inspired by desire...
March 25, 2011
7:00 PM
Zora Space
315 4th Avenue
Brooklyn New York
Jason Kao Hwang and Becky Yamamoto
Waiting for the warmer weather? Join us for this month's Mouth to Mouth Open Mic which is sure to raise the temperature. NEA award winning composer and violinist Jason Kao Hwang will give a special acoustic performance, and performer Becky Yamamoto, called "priceless" by The New York Times and "expertly deadpan" by The...
March 18, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street
New York New York
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