Past Events

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
Outsiders
YZ Chin, Jon Pineda & C. Dale Young
Come see three spellbinding authors whose new works explore themes of invisibility and erasure through writing that dreams, drifts, and floats like smoke. YZ Chin’s Though I Get Home examines the fringe of Malaysian culture, politics, and postcolonial memory through intertwined tales of fate and perseverance; Kirkus Reviews calls it...
June 26, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St Ste 600
NY NY 10001
From Plate to Page: Writing Asian American Food
Lillian Li, Ligaya Mishan, Naben Ruthnum, and Rohan Kamicheril
Join us for an event that uses food as a starting point to explore the world of the restaurant, Asian American immigrant life, and how histories of migration and colonialism shape our plates. We’ll hear from Lillian Li, whose debut novel Number One Chinese Restaurant delves into the world of...
June 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Sexpoetivity: Community PRIDE Workshop
Brandon Simmond, Mary Vu, and Phoenix Danger
Let us enjoy ‘Sexpoetivity’: the intersection between sex-positivity and poetry! Come join us for a PRIDE workshop in partnership with Apicha Community Health Center and sex educator Phoenix Danger to provide a space for safer sex education with AAPI trans and queer community and to celebrate the work of LGBTQIA+ authors...
June 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY NY 11238
Unreal News
Jennifer Hayashida and John Yau
How do we write poetry that reflects globalization, contemporary art, and the hysterical news cycle of the 21st century? Join us for two poets whose work traverses art, translation, and the task of the critic: legendary poet/critic John Yau and Jennifer Hayashida, former head of Hunter College’s Asian American Studies...
June 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Dear Life
Porochista Khakpour, Yiyun Li & Elif Batuman
Join us for a reading featuring two fiction writers whose memoirs about illness offer stories of survival, pain and transformation. Sick is Porochista Khakpour’s grueling, emotional journey — as a woman, as an Iranian-American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems — through the chronic illness that...
June 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Marianna's Beauty Salon Launch Party
Bushra Rehman, Quincy Scott Jones, Jai Dulani, Sadia Shepard & DJ Rekha
Join us to celebrate the launch of Marianna's Beauty Salon, Bushra Rehman's first collection of poetry. Rehman is author of Corona, a dark comedy on being South Asian American and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, one of Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of...
May 24, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Margins Fellow & Mentor Reading
Mariam Bazeed, Alexander Chee, Youmna Chlala, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Rami Karim, Kyle Lucia Wu, Yanyi & Rachel Zucker
For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We recently created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the...
May 22, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY 10001
Third Culture/Third Genre: Between Poetry and Prose, a Workshop
Marwa Helal
One session, 2 hours (6:30PM-9:00PM) Monday, May 21st, 2018 Fees & Payment Options: $100* *Maximum 8 students. Attendees who are returning students of Third Culture/Third Genre: Between Poetry and Prose*, please contact Tiffany Tran Le at tle@aaww.org for a discount. Why you should take this class: Because you're a third...
May 21, 2018
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Asian American Literature
Kundiman, Wikimedia NYC & PEN America
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we'll be holding a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Asian American Literature! Presented by Kundiman, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Wikimedia NYC, & PEN America, we invite you to join us at the Asian American Writers' Workshop on Saturday, May 12th from 12:00 PM to...
May 12, 2018
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Robot Coda
Margaret Rhee, Ching-In Chen, Seo-Young Chu, Mimi Mondal & Vyshali Manivannan
Join us for a reading with four writers who explore the relationship between race and technology. Margaret Rhee reads from LOVE, ROBOT, a collection of love poetry examining the bonds between humans and robots. Poet and community organizer Ching-In Chen reads from recombinant, an assemblage of poetry and data that investigates...
May 3, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY
Cities and Selves
Alexander Chee, Aminatta Forna & Anelise Chen
How do you write an autobiographical novel — and is it really that different from writing a city? Wander the streets of London and New York with Alexander Chee and Aminatta Forna for a special event spanning the personal essay, fiction, and the writing life. We'll hear from Alex Chee's...
May 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Fractured Selves
Akwaeke Emezi, Mira T. Lee & TANAÏS
Join us for a reading with two of this spring’s most exciting literary fiction debuts that explore the metaphysics of identity, mental health, and migration. Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater (Grove, 2018), named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 in Esquire, the Huffington Post, and more, follows the story of a young...
April 26, 2018
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
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