Past Events

[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Blurring the Genre Lines of Speculative Fiction
2 sessions, December 10 and 17, 2 PM ET - 5 PM ET Sliding Scale $100-$200 REGISTER HERE! **This is a workshop exclusively for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) writers. We encourage Queer and Trans BIPOC folx register. We ask all non-BIPOC allies to take a step back from this workshop.**...
[LIVE] Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion Book Launch: Conversation & Celebration
Bushra Rehman, Rajiv Mohabir, DJ Rekha
BUY TICKETS HERE Join us for an in-person event with award-winning novelist, Bushra Rehman, for the release of her new book Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion. This event is co-presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Strand, with sponsors Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute at NYU and South...
[LIVE] Writing Club with MoMA: On Us with Mimi Zhu
REGISTER NOW! In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, AAWW Presents Writing Club. This December, Writing Club welcomes guest writer Mimi Zhu to facilitate a writing workshop on community and interconnectedness. Mimi Zhu will introduce works of art by Martin Wong, Jenny Hozler, and Lady Pink, share a series...
December 7, 2022
6:00 PM
Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street
New York NY 10019
[LIVE] AAWW & The Strand Present: Sabrina Imbler + Rachel E. Gross
Sabrina Imbler, Rachel E. Gross
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Join us for an in-person event with writer and science journalist Sabrina Imbler for the launch of their new book How Far The Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures. Joining Sabrina in conversation is award-winning journalist, Rachel E. Gross. This event will be hosted in...
[VIRTUAL] The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit-Feminist Led Celebration & Discussion
Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Pabitra Dash, Mimi Mondal, John Boopalan, Dhanya Addanki
RSVP HERE In December, we'll convene a A Dalit feminist-led celebration and discussion of Thenmozhi Soundararajan's anticipated new book, The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition featuring Thenmozhi Soundararajan (the @DalitDiva), John Boopalan, Pabitra Dash, and Mimi Mondal, and moderated by Dhanya Addanki. Purchase a...
[LIVE] Marina Budhos in Conversation with Council Member Shekar Krishnan
Marina Budhos, Shekar Krishnan
Join us for a conversation on asylum and sanctuary between award-winning author Marina Budhos and New York City Council Member Shekar Krishnan about Budhos' latest book, We Are All We Have. When a teenage girl's single mom is taken by ICE, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Rania is shaken awake in her...
December 1, 2022
6:30 PM
Adams Street Library
9 Adams St
Brooklyn NY 11201
[LIVE] GUNK BABY: Launch Party at Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore
Jamie Marina Lau and Ruth Minah Buchwald
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, in partnership with Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore, presents a celebration of Jamie Marina Lau’s forthcoming novel, Gunk Baby (Astra Books, December 2022)! Gunk Baby is, “a black comedy workplace thriller about a cabal of low-wage workers who plot violent acts of ‘resistance’ against their...
[LIVE] Ragas to Reels with the Irish Arts Center
Featuring Utsav Lal, Sam Comerford, Ganavya, Winifred Horan (Nov 18), Dana Lyn (Nov 17 &19), Nitin Mitta, and Sahar Romani.  With the Asian American Writers' Workshop The acclaimed Steinway Artist Utsav Lal returns to Irish Arts Center for a special presentation bringing together two living musical heritages—Indian classical and Irish...
[LIVE] AAWW x Radix Media: Zein El-Amine and Ghinwa Jawhari
Zein El-Amine, Ghinwa Jawhari
Alongside our friends at Radix Media, we'll be at Starr Bar in Brooklyn in November to celebrate the launch of Zein El-Amine's forthcoming short story collection, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? in conversation with AAWW Fellow Ghinwa Jawhari. Pre-order Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? here! Zein El-Amine is...
November 11, 2022
6:30 PM
Starr Bar
214 Starr St
Brooklyn NY 11237
[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books: Li Zi Shu and YZ Chin Celebrate The Age of Goodbyes
Li Zi Shu, YZ Chin
Join us in person at Yu & Me Books on November 2! No RSVP required. This event is presented in partnership with our friends at Feminist Press.
November 2, 2022
6:30 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Aricka Foreman, Victoria Villier
Join us for another Mouth to Mouth with Open Mic on October 28 at 7 PM ET! Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this month Mouth to Mouth celebrates powerhouse writers Aricka Foreman and Victoria Villier!  RSVP HERE to receive a link the day of the...
October 28, 2022
7:00 PM

[VIRTUAL] From Manuscript to Marketplace: Temple Folk
Aaliyah Bilal, Eric Simonoff, Yahdon Israel, Lily Philpott
As a case study of the path to publication, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers candid talks between an author and members of their publishing team. In this event co-produced with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, author Aaliyah Bilal discusses her forthcoming book of short stories, Temple Folk, with her agent...
[LIVE] Emerge: Asian Diasporic Writers in Conversation
This event is free and open to the public. Seating and entry are first-come, first-served; the line will form at the Atrium’s entrance on Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Street. As part of this year's Festival of Firsts, join five Asian writers at the Atrium as they read from their...
[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Mapping Boundaries Using Speculative Fiction
Tuesday, October 25 | 6 PM ET - 7:30 PM ET Online | 1 Session | $50- $100 Limited Scholarship Seats Available | REGISTER HERE! **Apply for a scholarship seat here! Limited scholarship seats are available and will be chosen by lottery. The deadline to apply for a scholarship seat...
[VIRTUAL] In Celebration of COCOON: Zhang Yueran, Jeremy Tiang, and Jade Song
Zhang Yueran, Jeremy Tiang, Jade Song
RSVP HERE! / 在这里预约注册 This October, the Asian American Writers' Workshop will convene a bilingual virtual celebration of Zhang Yueran's novel Cocoon, translated by Jeremy Tiang. We'll be joined by both the author and translator, as well as artist and author Jade Song, for readings from the book in Chinese and English, and...
[VIRTUAL] In Celebration of: The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes, and Mourning Songs
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
RSVP HERE On October 13th, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop celebrates The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes, and Mourning Songs (Arsenal Pulp Press, October 22), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s highly anticipated collection of essays. An expansion of Leah’s prolific book Care Work (Arsenal Pulp, 2018), Leah asks, “What if disability...
[LIVE & VIRTUAL] Talking Books: Asian American Authors in Conversation—Alvin Eng
Alvin Eng
This book talk will take place in person at Chatham Square Library and online. Please join Alvin Eng and our staff as we discuss his memoir, Our Laundry, Our Town: My Chinese American Life from Flushing to the Downtown Stage and Beyond, which is available at NYPL. This program is...
[LIVE] Muscle Memory: Asian American Women on Violence & Safety
Jenny Liou, Jess Ng
BUY TICKETS HERE Join poet Jenny Liou for a reading from Muscle Memory, her debut collection from Kaya Press, which grapples with violence and identity, beginning with the chain-link enclosure of the prizefighter’s cage and radiating outward into the diasporic sweep of Chinese American history. Liou will be in conversation with...
September 30, 2022
6:00 PM
Gleason’s Gym
130 Water St.
Brooklyn NY 11201
[LIVE] IN CONVERSATION: George Abraham, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Natalie Wee, and Jenny Xie
A poetry reading and roundtable talk between Jenny Xie, Natalie Wee, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and George Abraham on their new collections, the possibilities and limitations of language work, and rest and fatigue from the margins; this talk will be moderated by Asian American Writers’ Workshop editor Yi Wei. Copies of...
September 29, 2022
6:00 PM
Teardrop Park at Battery Park City
Warren St
New York NY 10005
[LIVE] We Gathered: 130 Years of Asian American Activism in New York City
Wajahat Ali, Gina Apostol, Whitney Hu, Shekar Krishnan, Leela New York
RSVP HERE! Doors for the event will open at 6 PM ET, and the program will begin at 7 PM.  This September, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Strand Book Store, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art will convene a multidisciplinary celebration of over a...
September 22, 2022
6:00 PM
Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 E 7th St
New York NY 10003
[VIRTUAL] Martial Law at 50: To Remember Is to Resist
This event will be streamed on the Asian American Writers' Workshop YouTube page. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents readings and performances curated by 2022 Open City Fellow Vina Orden in remembrance of a dark period in the history of the Philippines. 50 years ago, on September 21, 1972, dictator...
[LIVE] The Center for Fiction Presents: Yiyun Li on The Book of Goose with Rivka Galchen in Partnership with AAWW and A Public Space
Yiyun Li, Rivka Galchen
In-person tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event. Yiyun Li’s work is beloved by writers and readers alike, and we are thrilled to bring her and Rivka Galchen to...
[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Building Imaginary Worlds with the Salam Award with Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
Saturday, September 17 | 10 AM ET – 12:30 PM ET Online | 1 session | FREE | REGISTER HERE!   // NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY // This workshop will be captioned. For access needs please e-mail   This 2.5 hour session is for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and...
[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books: Victor Manibo Celebrates The Sleepless
Victor Manibo
Join us in person at Yu & Me Books on August 30! No RSVP required.
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase with Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Caleb Luna, Walela Nehanda
Join us for another Mouth to Mouth with Open Mic on August 25 at 7 PM ET! Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this month Mouth to Mouth celebrates powerhouse writers Caleb Luna and Walela Nehanda!  Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safer community space...
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: Craft Of Collaboration: Radical Togetherness In Times Of Crises, a Workshop for Asian and Asian Diasporic Poets
Monday, August 22 | 6 PM ET - 8:30 PM ET | Sliding Scale $50- $100 Online | 1 Session | REGISTER HERE! **This is a workshop that prioritizes Asian and Asian diasporic writers. We ask all allies to take a step back and to not register for this workshop.**...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: No'u Revilla and Julian Aguon
No'u Revilla, Julian Aguon
RSVP HERE!  This August, the Asian American Writers' Workshop joins Milkweed Editions in celebrating No'u Revilla's debut collection Ask the Brindled, which was selected by poet Rick Barot as a winner of the 2021 National Poetry Series. Praised by Craig Santos Perez as "an astonishing addition to the canon (or canoe)...
[LIVE] In Conversation: Dur e Aziz Amna and Sarah Thankam Mathews
Dur e Aziz Amna, Sarah Thankam Mathews
RSVP HERE! Debut novelists Dur e Aziz Amna (American Fever) and Sarah Thankam Mathews (All This Could Be Different) will join us this August with readings from their books, and conversation on community, otherness, and writing immigrant futures in twenty-first century America. We ask that you respect the following COVID-19...
August 10, 2022
7:00 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[VIRTUAL] WORKSHOP: Fostering Creativity Across Generations
Aaisha Bhuiyan and Sana Khan
Fridays, July 22 and 29, 2022 | 10 AM ET - 12 PM ET Online | 2 Sessions | Sliding Scale $75- $150 | REGISTER HERE! (One Ticket Per Family Unit) **This is a workshop that priorities BIPOC writers but welcomes allies.** **Apply for a scholarship seat here! Limited scholarship...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Jamil Jan Kochai and Karan Mahajan
Jamil Jan Kochai, Karan Mahajan
RSVP HERE! This July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together authors Jamil Jan Kochai and Karan Mahajan to discuss and celebrate Jamil's debut short story collection, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories. A luminous exploration of the Afghan diaspora and modern-day Afghanistan, these stories trace the wounds...
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