Past Events

[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books Present: Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Jenny Tinghui Zhang
The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in partnership with Yu & Me Books (NYC's first Asian American woman-owned bookstore!), presents a reading and conversation with debut novelist Jenny Tinghui Zhang. Jenny will join us to celebrate the publication of her book, Four Treasures of the Sky, "an engulfing, bighearted, and heartbreaking novel"...
April 6, 2022
7:00 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[Virtual] Word is Bond #6
Noor Hindi, Zaina Alsous, Timothy Liu, Shane McCrae, Stella Wong, and Anthony Thomas Lombardi
REGISTER HERE! Come join us for Word is Bond #6! Attendance is FREE but suggested donations will benefit We Count!, a membership-led labor organization of low-wage immigrant workers and families in South Florida. If you have the means, please consider sparing what you’re able. If not, come share space with...
March 30, 2022
8:00 PM


[LIVE] AAWW at AWP: Stories in Solidarity for Asian Artists
Piyali Bhattacharya, Mira Jacob, Nayomi Munaweera, Jafreen Uddin
Piyali Bhattacharya, Mira Jacob, Nayomi Munaweera, and Jafreen Uddin ask each other: why is it often difficult to build writing coalitions of color? What does it mean to build artistic community among Asian women, and why are these spaces so often riddled with drama? Is the root of the problem...
[LIVE] In Conversation: Yanyi & Jen Lue
Yanyi, Jen Lue
RSVP HERE! Award-winning poet, critic, and former Margins Fellow Yanyi will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop to read from and discuss his new book, Dream of the Divided Field. Acclaimed by poet Ilya Kaminsky as "tender, and eloquent" Dream of the Divided Field explores balance and transition, immigration and...
March 19, 2022
1:00 PM
Teardrop Park at Battery Park City
Warren St
New York NY 10005
[LIVE] AAWW x Yu & Me Books Present: Ayesha Raees
Ayesha Raees
The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in partnership with Yu & Me Books (NYC's first Asian American woman-owned bookstore!), presents a reading with former AAWW Fellows and current assistant poetry editor at The Margins, Ayesha Raees. Ayesha will join us to celebrate the publication of her chapbook, Coining a Wishing Tower, a "lyric...
March 18, 2022
7:00 PM
Yu & Me Books
44 Mulberry St
New York NY 10013
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Sindya Bhanoo and Thrity Umrigar
Sindya Bhanoo, Thrity Umrigar, Shruti Swamy
RSVP HERE! Authors Sindya Bhanoo (Seeking Fortune Elsewhere) and Thrity Umrigar (Honor) will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop this March to read from and discuss their work. Their haunting, intimate, and unforgettable fiction illuminates the lives of women in India and the wider the Indian diaspora, from Tamil Nadu...
[LIVE] Brooklyn Reads: In Sensorium with Tanaïs
Tanaïs, Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Join writer and perfumer Tanaïs for a multisensory exploration of their latest book, In Sensorium: Notes For My People. This expansive memoir offers a critical alternate history of South Asia, written from an American Bangladeshi Muslim femme perspective, and interrogates the ancient violence and ancestral trauma of a lush land...
[VIRTUAL] The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories
C Pam Zhang
Join us for a virtual, bilingual group event to celebrate the release of The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, edited and collected by Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang. This event is co-presented with Tor Books, and will be moderated by C Pam Zhang.
[VIRTUAL] Mouth to Mouth Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, lady wednesday, Saida Agostini
RSVP HERE! Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Curated and hosted by the magical Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero! This month we’re featuring lady wednesday and Saida Agostini. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a...
February 24, 2022
7:00 PM


[VIRTUAL] PEN OUT LOUD X ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: JULIE OTSUKA WITH NICOLE CHUNG
Julie Otsuka, Nicole Chung
PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist Julie Otsuka joins PEN Out Loud and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to launch her first novel in over a decade, The Swimmers. Turning her attention to a group of recreational swimmers who are disrupted from their routine when a crack appears at the bottom of their...
[VIRTUAL] Workshop: [Era]Sure Poetry: Poetics of Additive Subtraction
Mariam Bazeed
Mondays, 2/21/2022 and 2/28/2022 | 6 PM ET - 9 PM ET Online | 2 Sessions | REGISTER HERE! Sliding Scale $100-$200 | **Limited Scholarship Seats Available By Lottery: APPLY HERE! ***The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a space that seeks to uplift and celebrate BIPOC and queer, trans, and nonbinary...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Lan Samantha Chang and Sarah Thankam Mathews
Lan Samantha Chang, Sarah Thankam Mathews
RSVP HERE Join Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in conversation with former AAWW Margins Fellow and debut novelist Sarah Thankam Mathews to celebrate her new novel, The Family Chao, a literary mystery centered on a Chinese-American family set in a small town in Wisconsin. This event...
[VIRTUAL] In Conversation: Sequoia Nagamatsu and Kim Fu
Sequoia Nagamatsu, Kim Fu
RSVP HERE Join us in celebrating two highly anticipated February releases: Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark and Kim Fu’s Lesser Known Monsters of the Twentieth Century. Nagamatsu and Fu will join the Asian American Writers' Workshop to discuss the ways their work blurs the boundary between the...
[VIRTUAL] Word Is Bond No.5
Layli Long Soldier, Megan Fernandes, Ghinwa Jawhari, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Sadia Hassan, Anthony Thomas Lombardi
REGISTER HERE Celebrate Word is Bond’s new home at AAWW with our inaugural partnership reading! Attendance is FREE but suggested donations will benefit Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund & Racing Magpie, an organization supporting Lakota artists & culture bearers. If you have the means, please consider sparing what you’re able &...
February 8, 2022
7:00 PM


Witness Writing from Myanmar: Brian Haman, Ko Ko Thett, Ma Thida
Brian Haman, Ko Ko Thett, Ma Thida, Mae Yway
RSVP HERE The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in partnership with PEN America and Singapore Unbound, will convene a bilingual reading of work from the forthcoming anthology Picking Off New Shoots Will Not Stop the Spring: Witness Poems and Essays from Burma/Myanmar 1988-2021, followed by a conversation with editors Brian Haman and Ko...
In Conversation: Jessamine Chan, Jean Chen Ho, Weike Wang
Jessamine Chan, Jean Chen Ho, Weike Wang
RSVP HERE This February, we're welcoming a powerhouse line-up of Asian American novelists to the Workshop's virtual stage, featuring Jessamine Chan, Jean Chen Ho, and Weike Wang in conversation on their highly anticipated 2022 releases, The School for Good Mothers, Fiona and Jane, and Joan is Okay. Jessamine, Jean, and Weike...
Go Back to Where You Came From! with Wajahat Ali & Friends
Wajahat Ali, Preet Bharara, Cathy Park Hong, Min Jin Lee, Zeshan B, Aparna Nancherla
BUY TICKETS HERE Symphony Space and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop present a celebration of journalist, playwright, and political activist Wajahat Ali’s funny, wise, and necessary memoir Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American. Emceed by Ali, this evening of storytelling,...
MOUTH TO MOUTH SHOWCASE
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, kiki nicole, and Tivali Thomas
RSVP HERE! Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Curated and hosted by the magical Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero! This month we’re featuring kiki nicole and Tivali Thomas. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
December 16, 2021
7:00 PM


AAWW at 30: Activating the Archive
Amitava Kumar, Monica Youn, Alexander Chee, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Hua Hsu
REGISTER HERE In December, we'll celebrate the final event of our AAWW at 30 retrospective series with Amitava Kumar, Monica Youn, Alexander Chee, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and Hua Hsu. These writers from our community have all played a unique role in the Workshop's history – from hosting their first book...
December 14, 2021
7:00 PM


WORKSHOP: Untangling Memory
Tiana Nobile
REGISTER HERE! ONLINE: 12/11, 2 PM ET - 5 PM ET / 1 PM CT - 4 PM CT SLIDING SCALE $50 - $100 ***Limited scholarship seats are available by lottery. To put your name in the hat, please complete this form. Applicants will be contacted 1 week prior to...
December 11, 2021
2:00 PM


Tell Me How to Be
Neel Patel, Abdi Nazemian
RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate the launch of Neel Patel's debut novel, Tell Me How to Be, with a reading and 1:1 author conversation with Neel. This "daring, hilarious, poignant" (Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) story of the bond between an Indian-American mother...
December 7, 2021
7:00 PM


Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Terisa Siagatonu, Noenoe Silva
RSVP HERE! In December we will convene a panel of Pacific Islander poets, activists, and scholars to discuss the driving forces behind their work, and their connections to Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio's forthcoming book  Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea. Incorporating discussions of their creative work and scholarship, our...
Workshop: Language in the Time of Emoji
Arlene Ducao and Myeong Hong Hurwitz
REGISTER HERE! ONLINE: 11/30, 6 PM ET - 9 PM ET SLIDING SCALE $50 - $100 *** Limited tuition support available. Please see below for instructions  *** Join us for a workshop with Arlene Ducao and Myeong Hong Hurwitz as they dive into the language of emojis and design! The...
November 30, 2021
6:00 PM


AAWW at 30: In the Heart
Marina Budhos, Curtis Chin, Barbara Tran, Monique Truong, Rajini Srikanth, Sunaina Maira, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Lisa Ko, Andrea Louie, Eileen Tabios, Tammy Kim, Humera Afridi, Joseph Lee, Emperatriz Ung
RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers' Workshop was founded in 1991 by four friends, who shared a passion and energy for uplifting the work of Asian American writers. Publishing literature from the Asian diaspora has been at the heart of the Workshop's mission since the organization's founding, and as we...
November 29, 2021
7:00 PM


Win Me Something
Kyle Lucia Wu, T Kira Madden, Pik-Shuen Fung, Yanyi
RSVP HERE! Join us this November for a celebration of former AAWW Margins Fellow Kyle Lucia Wu and her newly released novel, Win Me Something, a self-aware bildungsroman with a deep yearning for belonging, revealing chasms and the malleability of deep-seated relationships. Kyle will be joined in conversation with authors T...
November 13, 2021
1:00 PM


Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America
Mayukh Sen and Monique Truong
Join us as we celebrate Mayukh Sen’s new book, Taste Makers, which brings forward the stories of seven immigrant women whose legacies are complicated and often erased, despite their outsized global influence on food. Their histories unwrap, layer by layer, issues of labor, immigration and gender. Mayukh will be joined in conversation by novelist Monique Truong.
A Love Letter to New York City: 2021 Open City Fellows Final Reading
Aaisha Bhuiyan, Ayesha Islam, Jessica Jacolbe, Lylla Younes, Teresa Mathew, Hannah Bae, Noel Pangilinan
RSVP HERE! This October, join us for a celebratory reading with our 2021 Open City Fellows, as they read from, and discuss the work they have completed over the course of their Fellowship term. We’ll hear from Open City Neighborhood Fellows Jessica Jacolbe and Teresa Mathew, who have been documenting...
AAWW at 30: Different Versions of Home
Jafreen Uddin, Snighda Sur, Cathy Linh Che, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
For AAWW at 30, we'll celebrate with leaders of major Asian American organizations and publications the importance of finding a space of our own plus the literal and figurative definitions of home. Moderated by Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman, the panel features our very own Jafreen Uddin, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, and Snigdha Sur of The Juggernaut.
October 27, 2021
7:00 PM


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic and Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jaden Fields, Muriel Leung, féi hernandez
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Curated and hosted by the magical Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jaden Fields! This month we’re featuring Muriel Leung and féi hernandez.
October 26, 2021
7:00 PM


** POSTPONED** come meet me at the juncture of knee & history: Complicating (Auto)biographical Poetics, A Workshop with George Abraham
George Abraham
As writers in diaspora, the western imagination of the “lyric I” can impose harmful and reductive gazes unto our poetry. How do we wrestle with these narratives under the failed and limited imagination of empire? In this generative and discussion-based workshop led by poet George Abraham, we will look beyond respectability, linearity, and digestibility.
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