Past Events

Corky Lee, Tomie Arai, Jack Tchen, and Karen Tei Yamashita
Come hear one of the foremost Asian American novelists of her generation and the artist-activists who defined what it means for all of us to be Asian American. This special symposium features key activists Corky Lee, Tomie Arai, and Jack Tchen alongside Karen Tei Yamashita, whose new novel, I-Hotel, is destined...
June 19, 2010
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Vidur Kapur and Lisa Chen
Got a summer fling you want to tell the world about? Come by for our fifth Mouth to Mouth Open Mic of the year, featuring stand up comedian Vidur Kapur and poet Lisa Chen. Lisa's book of poetry, Mouth, uses everything from poems carved in the loneliness of Angel Island barracks...
June 19, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Queens Council on the Arts, Adhikaar, and NYSCA
In Letters to our Mothers, five writers celebrate the multi-faceted voices of South Asian women in Queens and what it means to be heard across distance. This rare joint production curated by Adhikaar’s Executive Director Luna Ranjit, in collaboration with Queens Council on the Arts and The Asian American Writers’...
June 12, 2010
6:00 PM
Jackson Diner
3747 74th Street
Flushing NY 11372-6337
Jen Kwok and Ed Lin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk1LBTLGVaE&feature=player_embedded#action=share Start summer a little early with our raucous fourth Open Mic of the year, hosted by Jen Kwok and Ed Lin. This week will feature actress and writer Esther Chae—whose recent solo performance, So the Arrow Flies, was called “amazing and beautiful” by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang—and stand up...
May 22, 2010
8:30 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles bring your young ones to a day of children's book readings, craft activities, and delectable treats.   Location: TBA  
July 26, 2009
2:00 PM


Tara L. Masih and Shouhua Qi
Come hear contributors from the The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, an unprecedented collection of essays on flash fiction.  
July 23, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
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There's no better way to celebrate summer hitting its halfway mark than a good old-fashioned house party—AAWW style. Join New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee and others in a dumpling-making party complete with dim sum and wine. Make new friends, bring old friends and eat to your hearts content! For tickets,...
July 19, 2009
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Kevin Nadal
Come hear Kevin Nadal read from his groundbreaking textbook, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. Filipino American Psychology offers a comprehensive look at the psyche of Filipino Americans. By examining history, cultural values, influences of colonialism, community dynamics and intersections with other identities, the reader will have an...
July 17, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
A celebration of the unique contemporary role and historical legacy of Asian American comic artists, featuring the writers and editors of Secret Identities, the first-ever graphic novel anthology of Asian American superhero stories. Come join us at the newly renovated Museum of Chinese in America for this landmark event.
July 11, 2009
11:00 AM
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
215 Centre Street
New York City
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Join us for three critically acclaimed poets at Word For Word Poetry at the Bryant Park Reading Room.  
June 30, 2009
6:30 PM
@ Bryant Park Reading Room
btwn 5th & 6th Avenue
adjacent to the James Earl Dodge monument
The power of place. Tsujimoto reads from his memoir Morningside Heights: New York Stories and Xi from her book of essays Evanescent Isles: From My City-Village.
June 18, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Novels of heartbreak and folly. Gunesekera reads from The Match and James from Atlas of Unknowns.  
June 16, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
We invite you to an afternoon of readings in celebration of Philippine culture and two literary heroes who brought the Philippine experience to the public. Harold Augenbraum, Luis Francia, and Dorian Merina read and discuss the writings of José Rizal and José Garcia Villa. Noli Me Tangere, the powerful and...
June 16, 2009
4:00 PM
The Queens Library, Woodside
54-22 Skillman Avenue
Woodside
Come hear the diverse voices in the only English language anthology by Pakistani women published in the United States: Humera Afridi and Fawzia Afzal-Khan. Co-sponsored by Asia Society
June 11, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Ben Huh is the mastermind behind the Lolcats phenomenon. As the CEO of Pet Holdings, he runs I Can Has Cheezeburger? and grew it into the global purveyor of absurd cat humor that we know and love today. The book based on the site I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat...
June 9, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Crossing borders and genres. Nonfiction writers Hajratwala and Rachlin read from Leaving India andPersian Girls. Poets Chen and Lieberman read from their collections The Heart's Traffic and Breaking The Map.
June 9, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Shivani Manghnani, Bushra Rehman, Kevin Tang, Ky-Phong Tran, Joy Wood
Come hear winner, Shivani Manghnani and finalists Bushra Rehman, Kevin Tang, Ky-Phong Tran and Joy Wood read the pieces submitted for our 2008 short story contest. For more information on the contest, including a full list of the finalists, please click here. $5 suggested donation; open to the public    
May 28, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Chitra Ganesh
For several weeks now, under the guidance of artist Chitra Ganesh, nine fantastic young women from around New York City have been understanding, dissecting, and drawing comics. They've explored gender/ethnic stereotypes contained in mainstream cartoons, in the process experimenting with aesthetic choices and storytelling in comics, and have rendered their own...
May 23, 2009
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Karan Mahajan, Rakesh Satyal, Sung K. Woo, Paul Yoon
Karan Mahajan reads from Family Planning: A Novel (P.S.), Rakesh Satyal from Blue Boy, Sung J. Woo from Everything Asian: A Novel, and Paul Yoon from Once the Shore. $5 suggested donation; open to the public    
May 21, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Christina Seid, Pooja Makhijani, Laura Young, Suelain Moy, Susan Soriano
Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles bring your young ones to a day of fun at the Workshop. Look forward to story time, a craftmaking workshop, a writing game and ice cream for all this Saturday. Our guests include authors Christina Seid and Pooja Makhijani, as well as craft editor Laura Young, writer Suelain Moy and Susan Soriano from Kaboose.com....
May 16, 2009
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab
The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collection of Asian American playwrights ever assembled, presents an exciting night of live theater. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
December 4, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Jennifer Hayashida and Jeffrey Yang
A reading concert with Circumference, the journal of poetry in translation. Hayashida reads from her translation of Swedish poet Fredrik Nyberg's dark and intimate A Different Practice. Yang reads from his translation of classical Chinese poet Su Shi's East Slope and his own debut An Aquarium. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
November 19, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Kazim Ali and Myung Mi Kim
Ali's The Far Mosque, an elegant yet plainspoken debut, draws on mystical lyrical traditions. Kim's Dura, a classic of experimental poetics, charts a public history of and her personal relationship with immigration and cultural severing. A panel discussion on Dura featuring Cathy Park Hong, Tan Lin and Warren Liu follows the reading....
November 14, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Henry Chang and Karen Shepard
In Chang's Year of the Dog, Detective Jack Yu is transferred to another precinct but can't seem to get away from his Chinatown past. Don't I Know You? is Shepard's suspenseful story of a boy who finds his mother murdered in late '70s New York. A rock band plays after the reading! $5...
November 13, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
With Lisa Chen, Andy Hsiao, Andrea Louie, and Christopher Mattison
Finding time for your writing life can be a tricky business when juggling kids, a job, and sleep. Come hear a few writers talk about how they keep their writing life vibrant despite other obligations. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
November 4, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, Eric Gamalinda, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handel, Cathy Park Hong, Khaled Mattawa, Ravi Shankar, and Barbara Tran.
A celebration of the ground-breaking Norton anthology,Language For A New Century: Contemporary from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond including a panel discussion with Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Tina Chang, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handel, Khaled Mattawa, and Ravi Shankar and readings by Monica Ferrell, Eric Gamalinda, Cathy Park Hong, and Barbara Tran.
October 30, 2008
7:00 PM
The Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St
New York New York
AAWW
Do you refer to the day Scrabulous was taken off Facebook as 'The Day the Wordplay Died'? Thinking of tattooing that last triple word score on your arm? Come to our inaugural Scrabble party and get your group wordplay on again! Play hard, drink some Singha Beer, and make new...
October 28, 2008
12:00 AM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Monica Ferrell and Ed Park
Ferrell's wickedly funny, The Answer is Always Yes, follows one NYUers quest for coolness and rise into the NYC club scene. A hilarious take on office life with Pynchonesque touches, Park's Personal Days makes one feel less alone during those tiny apocalypses caused by email typos. $5 suggested donation; open to the public...
October 23, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Joanne Chen and Kim Sunee
In The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats, Chen makes you think twice about those carrots in your lunch bag as she ponders America's sweet-tooth anxiety. Abandoned at three in a Korean marketplace, Kim Sunee tells her story about personal geography and the food that helped...
October 16, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Elijah Kuan Wong
Had your fill of reading the usual classics for your AP exam literature and college English classes? Come to our open mic series for a little change of scenery. Curated by Nuyorican semifinalist Elijah Kuan Wong, Witchdoctors offers you a safe space and nurturing environment. Come bring your own work...
October 10, 2008
6:30 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
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