Past Events

I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture
Gaiutra Bahadur, Rajiv Mohabir, & Grace Aneiza Ali
UPDATE: Please note the new location. This program will now take place at the NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center located at 53 Washington Square South. While conducting research for her book Coolie Woman, Gaiutra Bahadur (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU) came across Lal Bihari Sharma’s Holi...
October 29, 2018
6:30 PM
NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Political Fiction
Preti Taneja, Chaya Bhuvaneswar & Megha Majumdar
Join us for a reading with two South Asian diasporic writers who both have published ambitious and energizing new works of political fiction. Novelist and journalist Preti Taneja will read from her debut novel, We That Are Young, a modern-day rendition of King Lear in which a family dynasty implodes...
October 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY NY
Memoir & Oral History: Telling Elders’ Stories
Fay Hoh Yin, Monona Yin, Huiying B. Chan, and Eveline Chao
How do we document our first-generation elders’ histories, and the stories of the vanishing communities they grew up in? Join us for a special event with Chinese-American writers who use an innovative mix of memoir, oral history, and intergenerational storytelling to do just that. We’ll hear a special presentation from...
October 24, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Care Work
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Cyree Jarelle Johnson
Join us for a book launch and conversation for Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and disability justice poetics conversation with Leah and Cyree Jarelle Johnson. What the hell is disability justice? How do collective care, disability justice and sick and disabled Black and brown femmes save the...
October 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27t St Suite 600
NY NY 10001
AAWW Lit Lunch: A conversation with Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde and Roja Heydarpour
Join us for a special lunchtime chat from AAWW’s green couch with Stockholm-based writer Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, whose US debut, What We Owe, is a gripping novella about a 50 year-old Iranian refugee whose terminal cancer diagnosis compels her brutal and bitter telling of her journey to Sweden after fleeing—or...
October 17, 2018
1:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Revelatory Magic: The City and Self, a reading with the Open City Fellows
Roshan Abraham, Humera Afridi, Pearl Bhatnagar, Huiying B. Chan, Aber Kawas, Sarah Moawad & Roja Heydarpour
Join us for a special reading with the Open City fellows. We’ll hear from Neighborhood Fellows Roshan Abraham, Pearl Bhatnagar, and Huiying Bernice Chan, who have been documenting the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now, and our Muslim Communities...
October 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Memoir of a Korean Adoptee: All You Can Ever Know
Nicole Chung and Greg Pak
What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them? Join us for an event with Nicole Chung as she discusses her debut memoir All You Can Ever Know, a poignant and graceful exploration of transracial adoption, family, and identity. In...
October 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
From Bestseller to Box Office Hit: Ahmad Fuadi’s The Land of Five Towers
Ahmad Fuadi, Margaret Scott & Lutfi Kurniawan
Join us for a night of reading and film with visiting Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi, whose bestselling novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers), an uplifting story of a young Muslim boy’s journey to Islamic boarding school, became the source of inspiration for one of Indonesia’s top box...
October 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY NY 10001
Kith and Kin
Divya Victor, Shiv Kotecha & Rahel Aima
Join us for a reading that pushes the boundary of home and desire through meditations on kin, violence, and rupture. The poet Divya Victor will read from Kith, her visual and instructional book of stolen and insurgent history that asks us to re-order the question of belonging in the Indian...
October 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Writing with Archetypes: Astrology & Storytelling, a Workshop
Alice Sparkly Kat
Six Weeks (Five Sessions plus Final Reading), 2 hours each (7PM-9PM) Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Final Reading on Tuesday November 6 Fee & Payment Options: $272 GENERAL // $240 MEMBER (Join the Fan Club!) **Full payment due before first class. We have a limited number of...
October 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York NY 10001
Mouth Waters Earth
Chienfang Chang and Pyna Yang
Focusing attention into the palette, AAWW hosts an evening for language, food, art, & place to come together on a shared table. Situating her writing from the perspective of food, author Chienfang Chang will share pieces of her recent work at the Vermont Studio Center as well as engage in...
October 1, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
AAWW Fam: Matwaala 2018
Meena Alexander, Ralph Nazareth, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Abhay K, Vikas Menon, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Pramila Venkateswaran, and more
Share your lyric voice at Matwaala, an annual South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival. Joining us will be Matwaala’s Poet of Honor Ralph Nazareth, the author of Ferrying Secrets, published in Hyderabad, India in 2005. Foster community and sign up to read with over half a dozen featured poets such as...
September 26, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
A Cruelty Special to Our Species: A Launch Party for Emily Yoon
Emily Yoon, Wo Chan, Sueyen Juliette Lee, Kristin Chang
Join us for a transcendent night celebrating Emily Yoon’s debut collection of poetry, A Cruelty to Our Species, a collection of testimony to Korean “comfort women” who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II, and a bright elegy to departed ancestors, languages, and girlhood. As...
September 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Two Truths & a Lie: a Workshop
Bushra Rehman
Six Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Mondays, September 24th, October 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th, November 5th Fees & Payment Options: $425 General / $400 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. *Please note: this class skips Monday, October 1st. **There is an application process for...
September 24, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York NY 10001
What We Leave Behind
Lucy Tan, Crystal Hana Kim & Vanessa Hua
Join us for an event about globalizing East Asia, love, family, and what happens when we leave one home for another. We’ll hear from Crystal Hana Kim, whose debut novel If You Leave Me tells the story of a refugee of the Korean War and her forsaken love. Lucy Tan...
September 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 11238
Millennials and Post-Work Zombies
Ling Ma and Jia Tolentino
Do you feel like your life resembles an office farce? While Millennials have been blamed for the downfall of homeownership, the diamond industry, and even napkins -- Ling Ma’s debut novel Severance shows what life might look like when you don’t notice the apocalypse because you’re so entrenched in the...
September 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
LITERAOKE!
Ed Lin, Sokunthary Svay, Sam Chanse, Swati Khurana, Joshunda Sanders, Moncho, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Charles Rice Gonzalez, Quincy Scott Jones
LITERAOKE finally comes to NYC, after unforgettable shows across the country! Come see performers sing their hearts out to their favorite karaoke bangers and then then read from their work. Featuring: Ed Lin, Sokunthary Svay, Sam Chanse, Swati Khurana, Joshunda Sanders, Moncho, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Charles Rice Gonzalez, Quincy Scott...
September 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
NY NY 10001
Literatures of Korean Resistance
Hwang Jungeun, Song Kyung-dong, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and E. Tammy Kim
Join us for a bilingual reading with the novelist Hwang Jungeun, poet Song Kyung-dong, and poet Jennifer Kwon Dobbs. This event is moderated by journalist E. Tammy Kim and co-sponsored by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI). RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hwang...
September 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Emigrant Fictions
Amitava Kumar and Teju Cole
What national fictions are immigrants in America pressured to preserve, and how does the task of self consciously constructing an immigrant “self” tear at the boundaries of nations and the the novel itself? Blending fiction, nonfiction, diary notations, news clippings and photos, Amitava Kumar’s Immigrant, Montana chronicles the story of...
September 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 11238
No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America, A Workshop
Nina Sharma
Six sessions, September 8-October 6, 2018 Saturdays from 3:00-6:00pm Fees & Payment Options: Free Why You Should Take This Class: As psychic lives of Asian American women are yet to be rendered in their full complexities, "No Name Mind" offers a space to name our experiences with mental health and...
September 8, 2018
12:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
A World Without Cages: A Book Drive to Launch AAWW’s Prison Initiative
Victoria Law and Daniel A. Gross
Come with book donations for incarcerated readers, leave with homemade bubble tea. We’re hosting a book drive in partnership with NYC Books Through Bars to mark the launch of A World Without Cages—AAWW’s new series of stories and workshops that bring together voices from jail, prison, and immigrant detention. Over...
August 30, 2018
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27t St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
A Reading with Fatimah Asghar & Vivek Shraya
Join us for a reading with Brown Girls web series co-creator Fatimah Asghar, who will read from her debut collection of poetry, If They Come For Us and the artist Vivek Shraya, whose forthcoming book I’m Afraid of Men explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and...
August 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Lola: A Reading About Asian Grandmas
Kate Gavino, Angela Chen, Vivian Lee, Kevin Nguyen, Matt Ortile & Rakesh Satyal
Has your superstitious grandma ever told you myths that you haven’t been able to forget? Join us for this event about Asian grandmas with critically acclaimed cartoonist and Last Night’s Reading creator Kate Gavino, whose new graphic novel Sanpaku explores the Japanese myth through the eyes of Marcine, an impressionable...
August 22, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Losing Faith: The Incendiaries
R.O. Kwon and Alexander Chee
Dark, glittering, and obsessive ― can new love feel the same as new faith? Part fractured love story, campus novel, and thriller turned cult lit, R.O. Kwon’s haunting debut novel The Incendiaries ― named one of the most anticipated fiction debuts of the year by the New York Times and...
August 8, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th St, Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Chinese Speculative Fiction
Su Wei, Austin Woerner & Jeremy Tiang
Join us for a special event with acclaimed Chinese novelist Su Wei and his translator Austin Woerner, who will read and present The Invisible Valley, a work of speculative fiction about the Chinese Cultural Revolution and an epic experiment in creative co-translation that has been ten years in the making....
July 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Writing Against Displacement
Tony Robles, Jessica Hagedorn & Tomie Arai
Join us for a reading with visiting poet Tony Robles, a Fil-Am San Francisco based writer and activist whose book Fingerprints of a Hungerstrike documents the story of the Frisco Five - the hunger strikers who in 2016 protested police killings in the city, and the dream of remaking his...
July 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
NY NY 10001
POC Publishing Bootcamp: Fiction and Online Magazines
Hasan Altaf, Sarah Burke, Jeannie Choi, Alia Hanna Habib, Serene Hakim, Rachel Kim, Megha Majumdar, Rebecca Nagel, Quressa Robinson & Bijan Stephen
Are you looking for a literary agent, or route to pitch your work to magazines? If you want to hear agents and editors of color tell you how to get your work published—and book one-on-one time with an industry professional to talk about your writing goals, join us for an...
July 14, 2018
12:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Reading & Writing Resistance
Jyothi Natarajan, Jeff Biggers, and Akiba Solomon
Renown activists and authors Jeff Biggers, Akiba Solomon, and Jyothi Natarajan come together to discuss the role of writers in past and current resistance movements, the creation and cultivation of activist arts communities, and how to create and support socially-engaged literature. Jeff Biggers is the author of the new book...
July 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St
New York New York 10002
Feminist Visions: Retracing the Mughals
Morehshin Allahyari, Ruby Lal, Shahzia Sikander & Harris Chowdhary
Join us for an event that envisions the past and present of the Muslim World and Indo-Persian history through writing and visual art. Featuring Ruby Lal, the author of a new biography of the only female Mughal ruler, Nur Jahan, and visual artists Morehshin Allahyari and Shahzia Sikander. Moderated by...
July 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
NY NY 10001
Getting to Work: an Open Genre Workshop
Janani Balasubramanian
One session, 2 hours (6:30PM-9PM) Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Fees & Payment Options: General $75/Member $65 Why You Should Take This Class: In this 1-session “sprint” rendition of Balasubramanian’s previous 5-session workshop, participants will develop an honest, sustainable work plan for the next stage of their respective projects. Class Description:...
July 2, 2018
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York New York 10001
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