Past Events

In Celebration of DUST CHILD: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan
RSVP HERE! On April 5th at 7 PM ET, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents a celebration of best-selling author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s latest novel, DUST CHILD, a convergence of lineage and memory borne from decisions made in time of war. Chanel Miller says, “In DUST CHILD, rupture leads...
April 5, 2023
7:00 PM
New Design High School
350 Grand Street (entrance on Ludlow)
New York NY 10002
AAWW & The Strand Present: Jinwoo Chong + Alexander Chee - Flux
Join us for an in-person event with debut author Jinwoo Chong for a discussion of his debut novel Flux. Joining Jinwoo in conversation is New York Times best-selling author Alexander Chee. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.
AAWW, Graywolf, and Greenlight Bookstore present: Monica Youn & Claudia Rankine
Where are you from . . . ? No—where are you from from?” It’s a question every Asian American gets asked, the refrain of an incessant chorus saying you’ll never belong here, you’re a perpetual foreigner, you’ll always be seen as an alien, an object, or a threat. Monica Youn’s...
[VIRTUAL] In Celebration of DISORIENTATION: Elaine Hsieh Chou and Sabrina Imbler
RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents a virtual event celebrating the paperback launch of Elaine Hsieh Chou's DISORIENTATION. This debut novel explores a Taiwanese American woman’s coming-of-consciousness as she ignites eye-opening revelations and chaos on a college campus. The hilarious satire is an examination of privilege and power...
[VIRTUAL] Hybrid Possibilities: Asian Queer Writers Across Genre
Kirin M. Khan, Zeyn Joukhadar, Angela Peñaredondo, Lisa Factora-Borchers, and Kay Ulanday Barrett
What does writing Asian and South/east Asian futures even mean? Join us as we uplift innovative writers Kirin M. Khan, Zeyn Joukhadar, Angela Peñaredondo, Lisa Factora-Borchers, and Kay Ulanday Barrett. Together they will share new work and discuss the current stakes and patterns in craft, audience, editing, and themes centering...
[VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] Shared Sustenance: Roots as Narrative Possibility
Aaisha Bhuiyan and Sana Khan
Friday, March 3, 2023 | 5 PM ET - 7 PM ET Online | 1 Session | Sliding Scale $50- $100 REGISTER HERE! **This workshop is exclusively for BIPOC (Black and Indigenous, and People of Color) writers. If you are not BIPOC, we ask that you do not register.** **LIMITED...
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase with Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Aurielle Marie, Noah Arhm Choi
Join us for another Mouth to Mouth with Open Mic on February 28 at 7 PM ET! Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett, this month Mouth to Mouth celebrates writers Aurielle Marie and Noah Arhm Choi! Limited open mic slots are available! To put your name in for lottery...
[VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] A Collage of Understories: Ekphrasis, Epistles, & Elegies
Michelle Penaloza
Saturdays, February 25 and March 4 | 4 PM ET - 6 PM ET (1 PM PST - 3 PM PST) Online | 2 Sessions | Sliding Scale $100- $200 REGISTER HERE! **This workshop is exclusively for BIPOC (Black and Indigenous, and People of Color) writers. If you are not...
AAWW and Yu & Me Books Present: Welcome Me to the Kingdom with Mai Nardone and C Pam Zhang
An immersive debut set across the temples, slums, and gated estates of late-twentieth century Bangkok, telling the story of three families striving to control their destinies in a merciless, sometimes brutally violent, metropolis. Mai Nardone is a Thai and American writer whose fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Granta,...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: V. V. Ganeshananthan and Mira Jacob
RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents a virtual book launch event for V. V. Ganeshananthan's novel, Brotherless Night. A heartbreaking exploration of civil war and its' impact on a Sri Lankan family, Ganeshananthan presents “an achingly moving portrait of a world full of turmoil, but one in which...
[VIRTUAL] Writing Club At Home: On Sunlight/Moonlight with Alice Sparkly Kat
REGISTER NOW! In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, AAWW Presents Writing Club At Home. This January, Writing Club welcomes guest writer Alice Sparkly Kat to facilitate a writing workshop on sunlight, moonlight, prophesy, and becoming. Alice Sparkly Kat will introduce On Kawara’s series I Got Up…, share a...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Deepti Kapoor and Mira Jacob
Deepti Kapoor, Mira Jacob
Stream this conversation on YouTube! For our first event of 2023, we're welcoming authors Deepti Kapoor and Mira Jacob in a deep and riveting conversation on Deepti's new novel, Age of Vice. Hailed by Booker-Prize winning author Marlon James as "epic, crazy, shocking, mind-blowing, brutal, tender, heartbreaking," Age of Vice is a lush and...
[VIRTUAL] Fireside Chat: Karen Chee and Jafreen Uddin
Karen Chee, Jafreen Uddin
Stream on YouTube here! As we close out 2022 and look to the future, we invited writer and comedian Karen Chee to join our Executive Director, Jafreen Uddin, for an informal year-end conversation, as part of our Fireside Chat series. Join them in late December for our last event of...
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase with Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Alexis Aceves Garcia, Thea Matthews
Join us for another Mouth to Mouth with Open Mic on Tuesday, December 20 at 7 PM ET! Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this month Mouth to Mouth celebrates glorious writers Alexis Aceves Garcia and Thea Matthews. RSVP HERE to receive a link the day...
[VIRTUAL] Writing Club at Home: On Wholeness with Kay Ulanday Barrett
REGISTER NOW! In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, AAWW Presents Writing Club at Home with guest writer Kay Ulanday Barrett to facilitate a virtual workshop on wholeness and assemblage. Kay Ulanday Barrett will introduce works of art by Alfonso Ossario and Adrian Piper, share a series of creative writing...
[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...
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