Past Events

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
Is America in the Heart? New Filipinx Literature
Elaine Castillo, Luis H. Francia, Joseph O. Legaspi & Gina Apostol
Come for a special event about Filipinx-American history, migration, queerness, and the elusive goal of cracking the American Dream for working-class immigrants. Elaine Castillo’s debut America is Not the Heart is a vibrant and starkly hilarious novel told through the perspective of different members of the De Vera family, who...
April 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workhop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Visions and Fever Dreams: New Iranian Lit
Jasmin Darznik, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili & Porochista Khakpour
Come for a special reading on folklore, the Iranian revolution, and people whose dreams were lost to history. “One of Iran's greatest novelists” (Guardian), Shahriar Mandanipour reads from Moon Brow, the story of a playboy-turned-soldier shell shocked from the Iran-Iraq War who sees visions of angels from the past. Jasmin...
April 23, 2018
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Disoriental
Négar Djavadi, Roja Heydarpour
Join Négar Djavadi and AAWW Open City Fellow Roja Heydarpour as they discuss Djavadi’s debut novel, Disoriental, which won several prestigious literary awards in France, on the occasion of its publication in the US with Europa Editions. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture...
April 22, 2018
3:00 PM
Albertine Books in French and English
972 5th Ave
NY NY 10075
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
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