Past Events

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
An Invocation: The Poetics of Haunting
Carlina Duan, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Muriel Leung & Jane Wong
How does history – particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization – impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language act as a haunting space of intervention and activism? Poet and scholar Jane Wong raised these questions with her digital multimedia project, The...
December 18, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Riverhead Books Holiday Party
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
Come celebrate the holidays with Riverhead Books, in support of the Asian American Writers' Workshop! $15 cash at the door, unlimited beer & wine from WINC, baked goods by Riverhead authors & raffle prizes!
December 11, 2017
7:00 PM
Lite Brite Neon Studio LLC
232 3rd St
Brooklyn New York 11215
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Amir Rabiyah & xoài ph?m
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 Amir Rabiyah and xoài ph?m. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a...
December 4, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St #600
New York New York 10001
Poetry Poetry VII
Chen Chen, Anaïs Duplan, Rajiv Mohabir & Monica Sok
Travel through time with Anaïs Duplan, Chen Chen, Rajiv Mohabir and Monica Sok as they explore both history and futurity in our seventh edition of Poetry Poetry! RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Anaïs Duplan is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn...
December 2, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Twisting Tongues: Bilingual Poetry with AAWW and Wendy's Subway
Steven Alvarez, Jen Hyde, & Sahar Muradi
Note: This program is co-sponsored by AAWW, but the reading is taking place at BAM. Writing in Dari, Spanish, Nahuatl, Chinese, and English, the poets of Twisting Tongues see translation as a way to interrogate the relationship between English and histories of migration and diaspora. Come see poets Jen Hyde,...
November 28, 2017
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn New York 11217
Apocalyptic Premonitions
Viet Dinh, Oki Sogumi & Janani Balasubramanian
How do we care for one another in the end of the world? Come for a special reading about seeking connections amidst premonitions of disaster and ecological collapse. Viet Dinh reads from After Disasters, his debut novel about four aid workers navigating the rubble after an earthquake in India. Poet...
November 20, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Afua Ansong & Ricky Tucker
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 Afua Ansong and Ricky Tucker. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
November 16, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Singapore, Myth, and Memory
Jeremy Tiang and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
Singapore recently celebrated it’s 50th birthday and its sparkling status as the “Switzerland of the East, but stories of rebellion and subversion remain just below the surface. In Jeremy Tiang’s thrilling debut novel, State of Emergency, an explosion in an office building in Singapore in 1965 unravels an epic story...
November 2, 2017
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110 W 27th St. Ste 600
New York New York 10001
Workshop: Start and Finish
Janani Balasubramanian
Five Sessions, 2.5 hours each (6-8:30pm) Tuesdays October 31st, November 7th, November 14th, November 21st, November 28th Fees & Payment Options: $350 General / $320 AAWW Members (Join the Fanclub!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of twenty students. Why You Should Take This Class: This workshop lives in...
October 31, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Know Your Rights, Know Your Power: Training & Cultural Night
Jackie Mariano & Material Support
Learn about your rights while singing your heart out! Join us for a night of strengthening and celebrating our resistance as Attorney Jackie Mariano leads a Know Your Rights training on immigration and political demonstrations. Material Support, an agit-punk band which Mariano fronts, shares the stage with their lead singer...
October 26, 2017
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
The Witching Hour: A Night of Poetry
Jess Rizkallah, Marwa Helal, Aria Aber, & Melissa Lozada-Oliva
If you’re in the Halloween spirit for some bewitching poetry, come celebrate the launch of Jess Rizkallah’s new book of poems, the magic my body becomes. She will be joined by poets Marwa Helal, Aria Aber, and Melissa Lozada-Oliva, all of whom write into different sorts of magics: the body,...
October 24, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Speaking Truth to Power: Confronting Authoritarian Regimes
Raissa Robles, Raad Rahman, Tenzin Dickie & Jeremy Tiang
How is resistance possible when reality itself is obscured? In an era of "fake news" and more facts than anyone could hope to grasp, authoritarians rely on this uncertainty to consolidate their hold on power. Legendary journalist Raissa Robles joins us from the Philippines to share her new work, Marcos...
October 19, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Data, Poetry, Trauma
Paisley Rekdal, Yanyi, Soyoung Yoon & Jennifer Hayashida
Many Asian Americans know innately that intergenerational trauma is real, but how do we “prove” it? Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal's new book, The Broken Country, tells the story of Vietnamese-American Kiet Thanh Ly, who stabbed two white men in 2012 in retribution for the Vietnam War, even though he...
October 14, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Tourism in Literature
Bani Amor, Farzana Doctor, Tiphanie Yanique & Julia Hori
Travel writing is a genre rife with fantasies of escape, luxury, and finding oneself through an experience in an unfamiliar place—in other words, colonial tropes. Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative? What can contemporary literature tell us about the relationship between tourists and service workers,...
October 12, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Tanea Lunsford Lynx & Tonilyn A. Sideco
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 Tanea Lunsford Lynx and Tonilyn A. Sideco. Mouth to Mouth seeks...
October 2, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
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