Past Events

Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar
Edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar Hosted by W.W. Norton & Company and the Rubin Museum of Art with The Asian American Writers' Workshop Multiple readings, book signing, DJ, bar, celebration. Language for a New Century celebrates the artistic and cultural forces flourishing today in the East, bringing...
April 25, 2008
7:00 PM
Rubin Museum
K2 Lounge, 150 West 17th Street
New York City
Jaed Coffin and Kao Kalia Yang
A night of Southeast Asian American memoir. Six years ago at the age of twenty-one, Jaed Muncharoen Coffin, a half-Thai American man, left New England to visit his mother's native village of Panomsarakram-thus fulfilling a familial obligation. A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo, 2008), part armchair travel, part coming-of-age story, is...
April 3, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Meena Alexander, Jessica Hagedorn and Kimiko Hahn
In conversation, chaired by Harold Augenbraum. Three Asian American women writers address questions of literary form and taboo, body and community, voice and text, dream and reality, and what it is to write across multiple borders. Born in 1951 in Allahabad, India, Meena Alexander began writing poetry at ten years old. While...
March 20, 2008
4:00 PM
Segal Theater of the Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street
New York City
Chitrita Banerji and Jennifer 8. Lee
Join us for a sumptuous evening of food-themed tales. In The Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Twelve, 2008), New York Timesreporter Jennifer 8. Lee chronicles her search for the world's best Chinese restaurant with a mix of in-depth research and entertaining personal anecdotes. Culinary historian, Chitrita Banerji has narrated her love of food in several volumes her latest being Eating...
March 13, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Tracy K. Smith and Tina Chang
Curated by Tracy K. Smith and Tina Chang Cosponsored by Cave Canem The Asian American and African American communities gather for a night of brilliant poetry. Readings by Meena Alexander, Jeffery Renard Allen, Regie Cabico, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, R. Erica Doyle and Bakar Wilson. Meena Alexander's poetry includes Illiterate Heart, winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award, Raw...
March 6, 2008
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Ed Lin, Lisa Chen and Tao Lin
An evening of fiction and poetry. In This Is a Bust (Kaya Press, 2007), Ed Lin turns the conventions of hard-boiled pulp stories on their head by exploring the unexotic and very real complexities of New York City's Chinatown, circa 1976, through the eyes of a Chinese-American cop. Mouth (Kaya Press, 2007), Lisa Chen's debut collection of poetry,...
February 13, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Susan Choi
In a discussion with Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Harold Augenbraum, Choi will talk about her latest book, A Person of Interest (Penguin, 2008), a vision of a life turned upside-down in the aftermath of a Unabomber-type attack. The novel explores the ethnic, social and psychological dimensions of...
February 1, 2008
6:30 PM
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City
Li-Young Lee and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Join us for an evening of poetry. Pinocchio, Madama Butterfly's son, and a boy clown are a few of the characters that Jennifer Kwon Dobbs imagines in Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press, 2007). Playful, erotic, at times mysterious, Li-Young Lee's Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008) describes the immanent value...
January 31, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Luis Francia
A free workshop for teachers of high school seniors and first-year college students. Complimentary copies of Workshop anthologies with teachers' guides. Call 212.494.0061 to register. FREE
December 8, 2007
1:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway and 5th Avenue)
New York New York
AAWW
Celebrating a decade of excellence in Asian American Literature. Congratulations to the 2007 Asian American Literary Award winners, Linh Dinh, Amitav Ghosh, and Samrat Upadhyay. Presentation of winning books, cocktail reception, booksigning and surprise announcement of the Members' Choice Workshop Award! $12 general, $10 members, Free for students with ID Thanks to Singha...
November 29, 2007
7:00 PM
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street (btwn Houston and Prince Streets)
New York New York
Mary Beth Brooker, D.W. Gibson, Anoo Siddiqi, and Tracy K. Smith
Four monologues by Mary Beth Brooker, D.W. Gibson, Anoo Siddiqi and Tracy K. Smith about their relationships with their fathers, performed by Nandita Chandra, Craig Edwards, Mark Gowers, and Derek Lucci. Directed by Dawn Akemi Saito. Mary Beth Brooker Mary Beth Brooker, writer, visual artist, mother, lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with...
November 17, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Toshiro Suzue
A staged reading, directed by James Yaegashi A hot summer day somewhere in nowhere Japan. A friend waits. A friend comes. A friend leaves. This simple story of two friends humorously and poignantly reminds us of the sweetness and pain of connecting with another human being. Written early in his...
November 16, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Poets & Writers
Wouldn't quit the day job--but you love poetry nevertheless. A panel discussion with Alice Quinn, (Poetry Society of America/The New Yorker), Deborah Garrison (poet/Alfred A. Knopf editor), and Joseph Legaspi (poet/Kundiman codirector), moderated by Quang Bao on getting your poems and manuscripts edited and published. A frank conversation about creating a life as a poet, including residencies,...
November 8, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Michael Ondaatje
6pm (VIP cocktail reception), 7:30pm (Reading) In partnership with The Consulate General of Canada - New York, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Singha Beer and Moti Hasson Gallery. One of the most exciting voices in contemporary literature, Michael Ondaatje reads from his favorite works. A stunning fusion of jazz rhythms,...
October 25, 2007
7:30 PM
Moti Hasson Gallery
535 West 25th Street (btwn 10th and 11th Aves)
Chelsea arts gallery district, New York City New York
Mark Habana and Harry Ramos
Open mic. Poetry. Found words. Prose. Drama. Music by DJ Justin Woo. Please arrive early to sign up for the open mic. Two Warriors is a New-York based poetry duo that found life at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in 2002 by bringing together stories of love, peace, family, tribute...
September 27, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
The Workshop is pleased to support the 4th Biennial APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit! The APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit is the largest national gathering of APIA spoken word artists, performers, writers, community leaders and arts educators. It is a three-day event with a mission to challenge the...
August 3, 2007
12:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Nicholas Chung, Mrigaa Sethi and Kaori Suzuki
Co-sponsored by Kundiman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Continuing our support for emerging writers, we are excited to present a showcase of poets and fiction writers from our workshops, with Nicholas Chung, Ilisa Lam, Mrigaa Sethi, Antonius Wiriajada and Helena Zhang. See them here first before they get too hot to touch! Nicholas Chung lives...
July 25, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Participants of our summer youth writing workshop -- Txt Me: Identity and Community -- will give a reading performance at The Asian American Writers' Workshop! In this eight-day workshop, participants have explored the use of fiction writing, creative journalism, and poetry through one of the newest mediums for writers: the blog....
July 19, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Brian Leung
In his debut novel, Lost Men, (Shaye Areheart Books, 2007) Brian Leung explores cultural identity, the meaning of family, and the pressures of fate as characters confront their complex pasts. Westen Chan vividly remembers the day he lost both his parents - his mother to a car accident, and his...
June 14, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Helena Zhang and Brynn Saito
Let the summer begin! Join us for an evening of readings by ten emerging writers. Five poets from New York University and five from Sarah Lawrence College share their work in a dynamic bridging of two creative communities. Poets featured include Brynn Saito, M. Rebekah Otto, Ivanna Yi, Brandon C. Dumont,...
May 4, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Authors of both fiction and nonfiction discuss how New York features in their work and ponder the endless and mysterious allure of what is arguably the world's cultural capital. Featuring Jorge Franco, Eduardo Lago and Suketu Mehta; moderated by Connie Rosenblum of the New York Times. This event is free,...
April 27, 2007
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
In Firewife: A Story of Fire and Water (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007), Tinling Choong draws on the ancient Chinese creation legend of Nuwa and the battle between fire and water to give a modern story of how women are connected throughout time. Anchee Min's new book, The Last Empress (Houghton...
April 17, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Curated and hosted by Ishle Yi Park Co-sponsored by Lady Leisure, Blue Rabbit Productions, Sulu Series A night of music and poetry featuring Tina Chang, Lisa Chen, Luis Francia, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Ed Lin, Pat Rosal, Thad Rutkowski, and Lisa Yun. Music by DJ Mas; musical guest Vudou...
April 6, 2007
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Cave Canem
Click here for more information about Cave Canem. The Asian American and African American communities gather for a night of brilliant poetry and music. The night will include readings by Elizabeth Alexander, Justin Chin, Kimiko Hahn, Linda Susan Jackson, Gregory Pardlo, Vijay Seshadri and the musical stylings of Patrick Rosal in collaboration with Aracelis Girmay. This event is curated by Tina...
March 8, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
In recent years, there has been unprecedented attention paid to the Third World and the economic and social success and failures of its post-colonial nations. Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (The New Press, 2007), discusses the history of the developing world and its current...
February 22, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Since 1998, the Workshop has been recognizing excellence in Asian American literature through our annual awards ceremony. Join us in making this year's event the best yet. Here's to throwing prose, cocktails, and well-deserved kudos into the shaker and seeing what comes out, awarding the best in Asian American fiction,...
December 4, 2006
7:00 PM
The Asia Society
725 Park Ave at 70th Street
New York NY
Luis Francia
The year 2006 marks the centennial of Filipino immigration to the United States. Readings by Fil-Am writers Lisa Ascalon, Gina Apostol, Marlon Unas Esguerra, Luis Francia, Sarah Gambito and Tai Yo. Honoring those who preceded them, reflecting the creative literature penned by generations of Filipino and Filipino-Americas. In conjunction with "Moving Archipelago: A Century of Writing Filipino...
November 16, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
New York Theatre Workshop
This event is co-sponsored with the New York Theatre Workshop. In literature (and perhaps in other art forms) fathers receive less attention than mothers. If men are raised to be the strong and silent type, how do we know who they are and how do they shape and challenge our...
November 11, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Poets & Writers
Short fiction has been wildly popular at times in American literature and a chosen first form for emerging writers. In Speed Dating Round 2: Short Story Clinic, short story writers are paired up one-on-one with editors. Personal feedback, professional advice and criticism make this a valuable opportunity for writers to...
October 28, 2006
10:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
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Religions for Peace, a growing global network of inter-religious councils and groups, harnesses the power of cooperation among the world's faith communities to help stop war, end poverty, and protect the earth. Join editors Andrea Louie and Johnny Lew for a special launch event to mark the publication of the...
October 26, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
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