Past Events

Translation / Migration Mixtape
Raquel Salas Rivera, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Adeeba Talukder & Asiya Wadud
Come prepared to hear four poets of color mix and remix translation, through love letters, laws, binary code, and Google translate. Bay Area-based Filipina poet Janice Lobo Sapigao will share music and visuals alongside her salvaged family love letters written in Ilocano and a poetic critique of the Silicon Valley,...
April 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Worskhop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America, A Workshop
Nina Sharma
Six sessions, April 14-May 19, 2018 Saturdays from 4:00-7:00pm Fees & Payment Options: Free Application Deadline: Thursday, March 15 2018 at midnight.  APPLY HERE 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...
April 14, 2018
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Kenning JP García & Jasmine Reid
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Kenning JP García and Jasmine Reid. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
April 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600
Manhattan New York 10001
And/With: Abdellah Taïa and Meena Alexander
Belladonna* Collaborative and The Brooklyn Public Library
Belladonna* Collaborative, Brooklyn Public Library and Asian American Writer's Workshop are proud to co-present Abdellah Taïa in conversation with poet and scholar Meena Alexander. Additional sponsorship has been generously provided by Seven Stories Press. RSVP HERE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC In 1973, Abdellah Taïa was born in the public library...
April 10, 2018
7:30 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn NY 11238
Plunder and Surveillance: Aftermaths of the Iraq War
Erin Banco, Nisha Kapoor, Wafaa Bilal, Marina Budhos, and Sophia Hussain
Join us for a special event about how has Iraq changed post American invasion and how the war on terror has been "brought home" through an expanded security state. We are featuring journalist Erin Banco, who wrote the recently released Pipe Dreams, Nisha Kapoor, the author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite,...
April 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
The Body and Migration
Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda, Celina Su, and Dorothy Wang
Join us for a special reading about migration and reconfiguring literal and imagined borderlands with writers Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda and Celina Su. Celina Su’s debut collection of poetry, Landia, is a series of border crossings and questioning the social contract of the state and citizenship. Brandon Shimoda will...
March 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
Manhattan NY 10001
Cities of the Future
Youmna Chlala, Sesshu Foster, Renee Gladman & Ken Chen
Three experimental writers of color investigate the vision of the city through books that merge visual art with poetry and prose. Sesshu Foster’s eagerly anticipated City of the Future rebels against the gentrification of Chicano/Asian East LA through poems, letters, drawings, and postcards: Douglas Kearney calls it “elegiac, documentarian, furious...
March 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St. STE 600
New York NY 10001
Go Home! Los Angeles Launch
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Mia Alvar, and Yumi Sakugawa
In this collection, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means...
March 20, 2018
7:30 PM
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles CA 90013
Fiction as Activism: A Workshop
Helen Wan
Why you should take this class: What is “fiction as activism”? All writing is an act of activism if it is an honest effort to engage with or comment on or generally make sense of the world. “Activism” doesn’t have to mean militant or angry, either. It can be funny, absurdist,...
March 19, 2018
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York NY 10001
Go Home! San Francisco Launch
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Rachel Khong, Beth Nguyen, and R.O. Kwon
In this collection, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and The Feminist Press, writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring...
March 18, 2018
5:00 PM
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco CA 94133
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Eddie Maisonet & Santiago J. Sanchez
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Eddie Maisonet and Santiago J. Sanchez. Mouth to Mouth seeks to...
March 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
Brooklyn NY 11238
Go Home! Boston Launch
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, T Kira Madden, and Jennifer Tseng
In the collection, Go Home!, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and The Feminist Press, writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals...
March 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Trident Bookstore
338 Newbury St
Boston MA 02115
Go Home! Brooklyn Launch at Greenlight Bookstore
Chaya Babu, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jason Koo, Kimiko Hahn, Alice Sola Kim, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Note: This program takes place at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. The Go Home! Launch event at AAWW is March 12. Join us for the Greenlight Bookstore launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press that images “home” in twenty-first century through...
March 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
Go Home! AAWW Launch
Karissa Chen, Chaya Babu, Wendy Xu, Gina Apostol, Alexander Chee & Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Join us for the launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press that images “home” in twenty-first century through fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the the necessity of both...
March 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Go Home! AWP Tampa Launch
Jyothi Natarajan, Gina Apostol, Chaya Babu, Alexander Chee, Karissa Chen, T Kira Madden, Jennifer Tseng, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Join us for the launch of Go Home!, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop collection published in collaboration with the Feminist Press. Writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the...
March 10, 2018
4:00 PM
Inkwood Books
1809 N. Tampa Street
Tampa FL 33602
Julie Buntin, Ken Chen, Saeed Jones, Alison Murphy & Christine Texeira
Community is often touted as the best reason to get an MFA. But what happens when the program ends, or if an MFA isn’t right for you? Administrators from organizations changing the literary ecosystem discuss the opportunities for connection that exist in nonacademic settings. Topics include writing, publishing, and networking...
March 10, 2018
10:30 AM
Marriott Waterside, Second Floor, Florida Salon 1, 2 & 3
700 S Florida Ave
Tampa FL 33602
AWP Conference: Asian American Caucus
Neelanjana Banerjee, Cathy Linh Che, Dr. Lawrence-Minh Búi Davis, Jyothi Natarajan
How can Asian American writers build a stronger network? What does it mean to be a writer of color in these times? This third annual Asian American Caucus is a town hall-style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources...
March 9, 2018
7:30 PM
Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, Rooms 5 & 6
333 S Franklin St
Tampa Florida 33602
Breaking Caste
Sujatha Gidla, Neel Mukherjee & Gaiutra Bahadur
Join us for a reading on India and caste with prize-winning novelist Neel Mukherjee and Sujatha Gidla, the author of the critically-acclaimed debut memoir Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (FSG, 2017). Mukherjee's latest novel, A State of Freedom (W.W. Norton, 2018) follows the...
March 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Nerds in Love
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Weike Wang & Madhu Kaza
How does what we know influence our quest for love? Three years into a graduate program in science, the narrator of Weike Wang’s critically-acclaimed Chemistry (Knopf, 2017) cooly compares receiving a marriage proposal from her boyfriend to the careful problem solving that occurs between lab partners. The eccentric protagonist of...
February 21, 2018
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Memory Maps: An Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, a Workshop
Anelise Chen
Five Sessions, 2.5 hours (6:30PM-9:00PM) Tuesdays*, February 20th, 27th, March 6th**, March 20th, March 27th Fees & Payment Options: $270 General/$240 Member (JOIN THE FANCLUB!) Registration Deadline: February 13th, 2018 *There will be no class on March 13th. **On March 6th, class will run 7PM-9PM. REGISTER HERE Why You Should...
February 20, 2018
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York NY 10001
Poetry Workshop: Master Class with Monica Youn
Monica Youn
One Session, 3 hours (2PM-5PM)* Saturday, February 17 Fees & Payment Options: General $75/Member $65 (JOIN THE FANCLUB!) Registration Deadline: February 14 *This class could run slightly longer than 3 hours, based on how many students are in the class. REGISTER HERE Course Description: This will be a 3-4 hour...
February 17, 2018
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Letters Beyond Bars: From Internment to Immigrant Detention
Families for Freedom, Christine Kitano, Terry Watada, Karen Tei Yamashita and Tamara K Nopper
Come hear seminal Asian American writer Karen Tei Yamashita read from Letters to Memory, her visual and archival project based on family letters of Japanese internment alongside Families for Freedom activists reading letters from immigrant detainees. We’ll also feature poet Christine Kitano, who writes about her father’s internment during World War II,...
February 13, 2018
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Tova Ricardo and Amanda Torres
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Tova Ricardo and Amanda Torres. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
February 8, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Third Culture/Third Genre: Between Poetry and Prose*, A Workshop
Marwa Helal
You're a third culture kid who writes third genre* work: You have good sense when it comes to knowing whether what you're writing is better off as a poem or when it ought to be prose. But what do you do when it's both? Together, we will explore the art of the lyric essay, a poet's prose.
February 6, 2018
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York NY 10001
The Personal is Political: Writing About Muslim Women
Humera Afridi, Roja Heydarpour, Raad Rahman, Sarah Khan, Sumaya Awad & Noel Pangilinan
Join us for a special reading with the Open City fellows. Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now. Join us for a reading with our Muslim Communities fellows, Humera Afridi, Roja Heydarpour, Raad Rahman, Sarah Khan...
January 30, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Mining Your Diamonds: A Workshop
Christina Chiu
One Session, 90 minutes (3:00PM-4:30PM) Saturday, January 27th, 2018 Fees & Payment Options: $25 Full payment due before first class. REGISTER HERE Why You Should Take This Class: Everyone has a unique story waiting to be unearthed. Like diamonds under a bedrock, you need the right tools in order to...
January 27, 2018
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Race, Music, and American Ghost Stories
Hari Kunzru, Margo Jefferson & Kevin Nguyen
A special discussion about music and the ghosts of America’s racial past featuring two highly acclaimed authors. A murder mystery, a ghost story, and two cultural tourists collide in Hari Kunzru’s spellbinding novel White Tears (Knopf, 2017), which connects contemporary cultural appropriation and white hawkers of black music with the...
January 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Queer Longings and Longevity: A Workshop
Kay Ulanday Barrett
4 Sessions, 2 Hours Mondays, January 22nd - February 12th Fees & Payment Options: $150-$250 Sliding Scale REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 17th, 2018 **Note: tickets are listed on Eventbrite as "donation" in order to enable the sliding scale function. Please note that your registration is not confirmed unless you have paid...
January 22, 2018
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York NY 10001
AAWW FAM: The Shanghai Literary Review Launch
Nancy Huang, Jianan Qian, Joy Huang Stoffers, Jeremy Tiang, and Julie Wenglinski
Come join us for the launch of The Shanghai Literary Review’s second issue! TSLR is an English language literature and arts magazine based in Shanghai and New York, Featuring original artwork, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book review, and translation from and about Asia. Nancy Huang, Jianan Qian, Joy Huang Stoffers, Jeremy...
January 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Giselle Buchanan, and Ysabel Y. Gonzalez
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Giselle Buchanan and Ysabel Y. Gonzalez. Mouth to Mouth seeks to...
January 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York New York 10001
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