Past Events

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
All That Glitters Is Gold
Diksha Basu, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, & Jarry Lee
If you’re in the mood for an addictive and charming summer read, come hear authors Diksha Basu and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan read new novels about social climbing, love, and the drive to strike it rich. Basu’s The Windfall portrays the rise of the Delhi rich from the perspective of a...
August 10, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th #600
New York New York 10001
Workshop: Protest Poetry
Sally Wen Mao
Four Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Wednesdays August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd, August 30th Fees & Payment Options: $200 General / $180 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. Why you should take this class: Poet Sally Wen Mao, award-winning...
August 9, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Screenwriting Workshop
Darine Hotait
Four Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Tuesdays, August 8, August 15, August 22, and August 29 Fees & Payment Options: $220 General / $200 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of ten students. Why you should take this class: Writer & Director Darine...
August 8, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Love is a Ghost
Laurel Fantauzzo & Hossannah Asuncion
Come hear poet Hossannah Asuncion and nonfiction writer Laurel Fantauzzo write about the ghosts of love—the emotional distance it can create when the desired intimacy fails, and the ways love haunts the people who witnessed it, even when it's passed. With her debut poetry collection, Hossannah Asuncion’s Object Permanence uncovers...
July 28, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Asian American Literature Festival: There Will Be Dragons
2017-2018 Asian American Writers' Workshop Margins Fellows Yanyi, Rami Karim, Kyle Lucia Wu, Mariam Bazeed moderated by Jyothi Natarajan
Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times are written by white writers. In a scintillating performance debut, the AAWW Margins Fellows will play with language to drag the literary institution and each other. They may come in drag. Dragons will be provided on request. RSVP HERE...
July 28, 2017
11:00 AM
The Phillips Collection & Dupont Underground
1600 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
Poetry Poetry VI
Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tommy Pico
Join us for the sixth session of Poetry Poetry and hear readings by four thrilling poets: Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Tommy Pico. These poets are pushing the edges of poetic theory, form, and politics, interrogating the legacies of Asian American immigration, queer identity, settler colonialism, and...
July 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Character & Invention: New Short Story Collections
Akhil Sharma, Kanishk Tharoor, & Meera Nair
Come hear the authors of two of this year’s most anticipated short story collections. The quotidian stories in Akhil Sharma’s new book simmer with a barely hidden, devastatingly emotional undercurrent?and have earned him comparisons to Chekov. Reminiscent of Calvino and Borges, Kanishk Tharoor’s lush and inventive collection ranges from science...
July 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim, Anelise Chen, & Lisa Chen
Do you ever feel like your life is in a constant state of crisis? Do you feel like, nevertheless, you persist? Come see three thrilling experimental novelists whose new books are about pushing forward against life-killing forces, whether it’s capitalism, the political status quo, or more existential threats like grief...
July 14, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 6th Floor
112 W. 27th St.
New York New York 10001
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