Past Events

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
Muslim Cool
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Zain Alam, Yunique A. Saafir & Muna Mire
Come for a special night investigating how young Muslim Americans resist empire through hip hop and other musical subcultures. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer calls it “Muslim Cool”—her term for how young Muslims in the United States fight state power by engaging with Black identity, particularly through fashion and music. In a...
September 28, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Lola's House
M. Evelina Galang
Come for a special night featuring author M. Evelina Galang, whose new nonfiction book Lola's House: Filipino Women Living with War (Curbstone, 2017) tells the story of sixteen surviving Filipino comfort women who survived violence inflicted by the Japanese army in World War II. Starting in the late nineties, Galang...
September 22, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Vernacular as Resistance
Marwa Helal
Three Sessions, 2.5 hours each (6-8:30pm) Wednesdays September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. Priority will be given to previous students of Vernacular as Resistance. *STUDENT RATE...
September 20, 2017
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 11237
Motor Gangs and Misfits of Seoul
Young-ha Kim, Jenny Wang Medina & E. Tammy Kim
Young-ha Kim, one of the most talented and prolific Korean writers of his generation, is making a rare appearance in New York to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, which explores social disintegration and the seedy underside of Seoul. Translated by Krys Lee, I Hear Your Voice, Kim’s fifth book, follows...
September 19, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Marriage, Plotted
Katie Kitamura & Danzy Senna
One marriage is ending, and another is imminent. For the female protagonists of Danzy Senna’s New People and Katie Kitamura’s A Separation, marriage is a mark of achievement, a psychological bender, a private investigation, and a bracingly intimate way to hold a mirror to our turbulent emotional realities. New People—an...
September 16, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Searching for Home
Rami Karim, Dina Nayeri, Alia Malek, and Roja Heydarpour
If you’re Asian American or an immigrant, you’ve probably wondered: what does it mean to search for home? Well, you (and your post-colonial melancholia) are invited to this special event about Middle East politics, revolution, and the refugee experience, You may have read Iranian-American novelist Dina Nayeri’s viral story in...
September 15, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Embarking on the Transpacific
Gina Apostol, Bonnie Huie, Kyoo Lee, Ed Lin and Jeremy Tiang
Does literature stop at a country's borders, or is it possible to write transnationally? We invite you to the launch of the Transpacific Literary Project with the publication of our first themed portfolio, "Remittance." The Transpacific Literary Project is an exciting new initiative from the Asian American Writers' Workshop that...
September 12, 2017
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Refugee Requiem
Bao Phi, Patrick Rosal, and Sokunthary Svay
The struggle to topple Confederate statues around the country is a challenge to rewrite the textbook version of American history we’re supposed to believe in. Poets Patrick Rosal, Bao Phi, and Sokunthary Svay confront nationalist mythology with lyrical odes to the America we struggle against, and the one being built...
September 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Giselle Buchanan, Daniel K. Isaac, Sonia Guiñansaca & and Kay Ulanday Barrett
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 Daniel K. Isaac. Mouth to Mouth seeks to...
August 31, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
INFO SESSION: Open City Fellowships
the editor of Open City
The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Project Grant Fellowship and the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship. If you are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and transporting readers to the creative subcultures of color in neighborhoods across Queens, Manhattan,...
August 24, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Subjects of Interest
Kamila Shamsie, Hirsh Sawhney, and Rozina Ali
How does private grief come to blend into today’s turbulent political landscape? For the South Asian families at the center of Kamila Shamsie and Hirsh Sawhney’s latest novels, the death of parents launches surviving family members into unexpected political terrain. In Shamsie’s Home Fire and Sawhney’s South Haven, grief blurs with anger, borders,...
August 21, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St #600
New York New York 10001
Workshop: Experimental Fiction
Jade Sharma
Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Fridays, August 11th, August 18th, August 25th Fees & Payment Options: $150 General / $100 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. STUDENT RATE AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED SEATS Why you should take this class: You’ve got something special in...
August 11, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, #600
New York NY 10001
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