Past Events

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 14, 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 16, 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 19, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street
New York New York
Javier Gonzalez, Rene Perez, Jeff Chang, Roco, & Favianna Rodriguez
In a nation with fast and vast demographic changes, what is the role of musicians and their fans in moving beyond hatred? Is SB 1070 in Arizona only the tip of the anti-immigrant movement iceberg? Artists and activists join together to discuss the Sound Strike and their commitment to working together to...
March 17, 2011
3:30 PM
South by Southwest
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC
Austin Texas
Catherine Chung & Julie Otsuka
If America is a nation of immigrants, it's also a nation of aliens. What has it meant historically to be a traveler or a migrant, or to exist as an outsider within a cultural landscape? What does it mean now? We're celebrating the launch of Granta Issue #114: Aliens with editor John...
March 3, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street
New York New York
Cheryl Tan & Ava Chin
Join us for a delectable evening with NYC food and fashion writer Cheryl Tan and NY Times Urban Foraging Columnist Ava Chin as they explore the relationship between food, family, and memory. Cheryl Tan will read from and discuss her new memoir, A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food...
February 24, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Cai Tianxin & Bob Holman
Contemporary Chinese poet Cai Tianxin gives a talk on the history of Chinese Poetry, reads from his own avant work, and discusses his place in the continuum of Chinese poetry with poetry legend Bob Holman. A columnist of the monthly magazine Book City in Shanghai, which is considered the Chinese New Yorker, and...
February 12, 2011
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Kelly Tsai & Ocean Vuong
2011 is starting off with a bang! We're ushering in the new year with a Mouth to Mouth Open Mic featuring activist and spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and poet Ocean Vuong. So, come, bring a friend, and be ready to get your socks rocked off by poetry. Ocean...
February 12, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Ken Chen, Kimiko Hahn, Marie Lee, Ed Lin, Patrick Rosal, Jennifer Tseng
Over the past twenty years, the Asian American Writers' Workshop has grown from a Greek diner meeting into a preeminent intellectual sanctuary for Asian American literature. Join us for a cross-genre, cross-generational reading celebrating the Workshop's twentieth year. Writers will read from their work and talk about the Workshop's influence...
February 5, 2011
12:00 PM
AWP, Virginia B Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level
Washington D.C.
Ken Chen, V.V. Ganeshananthan, Manijeh Nasrabadi, & Xu Xi
From Hmong to Iran to Turkmenistan, Asian American literature is broadening its terrain. The Asian American Writers' Workshop is at the fore of this conversation on "radical inclusivity." But what unifies these cultures and aesthetics? Join an eclectic group of Asian American Writers in conversation as they come together to...
February 4, 2011
10:30 AM
AWP, Empire Ballroom
Omni Shoreham Hotel, West Lobby
Washington D.C.
Maxine Hong Kingston
"'You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you.'" So began The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston's first book, heralding a writer who, possibly more than any, has defined what Asian American literature has meant over the last several...
February 1, 2011
6:00 PM
Chambers Fine Arts
522 West 19th Street
New York New York
Rana Dasgupta & Naeem Mohaiemen
Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta will be in conversation with writer and artist Naeem Mohaiemen, reading from and discussing his novel, Solo. Come hear why Salman Rushdie has called Solo a "novel of exceptional, astonishing strangeness," and argues the novel "confirms Rana Dasgupta as the most unexpected and original Indian...
January 29, 2011
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Jennifer 8. Lee, Ed Lin, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, & Eddie Huang
Does your mom leave desperate voicemails asking you to "please pick up phone? hello? are you there?" or take twenty-four more napkins than she needs at Taco Bell? Your mom may be a fob. What began in 2008 as a blog featuring endearing and nosy texts and emails from Teresa Wu and...
January 4, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Taiyo Na & Koba Sounds
Our last open mic of 2010 features two New York-based musicians and poets Taiyo Na and Koba Sounds. Come hear them and spit a rhyme yourself! Or a poem, or a story, or some comedy— we've got room for it all if you can fit it in 5 minutes! Honored...
December 11, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Michael Syjuco
Michael Syjuco's Ilustrado won the Man Asian Prize before it was even published, and has been called a "literary landmark for the Philippines and beyond" by Booklist. Mixing fiction with nonfiction,Ilustrado is a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, Americans, and Filipinos themselves. Woven...
December 2, 2010
6:30 PM
The Asia Society
750 Park Avenue (70th Street)
New York New York
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