Past Events

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
WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?: A Conversation on Social Justice Arts Organizations In a Changing America
ArtPlace America, Creative Capital, Fractured Atlas, United States Artists, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, & The Tate Group
Day 2 of WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts Given the pivotal role that cultural narratives play in deciding public policy and the fates of countless communities; the reversal of political momentum on immigrant, mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, and...
July 14, 2017
6:30 PM
The 8th Floor
17 W 17th Street, 8th FL
New York NY 10011
Kanikapila Vegetarian Potluck
Ishle Yi Park, Taiyo Na, and Friends
Come on out for a kanikapila vegetarian potluck -- an evening of music and poetry to fundraise for the recording of Ishle Yi Park's Bless Our Waters, her first musical CD in Hawaii with Na Hoku Award-winning Asian Pacific Islander musician & producer Kenneth Makuakane. Featuring Taiyo Na and other...
July 5, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Celebrating Nick Joaquin
Gina Apostol, Ninotchka Rosca, Alex Gilvarry, & Melissa R. Sipin
Celebrate the new edition of works by Nick Joaquin, one of the most important writers of the Philippines who is only now being published in the United States for the first time by Penguin Classics. Born in 1917, Joaquin wrote a surreal, anguished sentence that cast an ironic eye at...
June 29, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 6th Floor
112 W. 27th St.
New York New York 10001
Desi Queer
Rahul Mehta, SJ Sindu & Sreshtha Sen
Rahul Mehta and SJ Sindu read from debut novels featuring complex queer desi characters struggling to reconcile their gender and sexuality with the families they came from. Introduced by AAWW Board Member Manan Ahmed of Chapati Mystery and Columbia University. Moderated by Sreshtha Sen, former director of the Sarah Lawrence...
June 24, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Queer & Trans Spring Showcase: When the Chant Comes
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, Alan Pelaez
Spend the second to last Friday of Pride Month with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, & Alan Pelaez! Join us as we honor queer and trans voices, emphasize the importance of this month, and celebrate Kay’s first poetry collection When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope)! Featured in The...
June 23, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Love and Korean Democracy
Jimin Han, Grace Yoojin Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim
Join us for two Korean American novelists whose new novels interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics: Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, both born in Seoul. Both books follow university students, whether in the US and in Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate...
June 22, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
The Speculative Lyric: Alternate Universes and Imagined Freedoms
Franny Choi
Two Sessions, 2 hours each (7-9pm) Mondays June 19th & June 26th Fees & Payment Options: $100 General / $80 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. *STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tracy Wong at twong@aaww.org for availability!* In the introduction...
June 19, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Vernacular as Resistance
Marwa Helal
Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm) Wednesdays June 14th, June 21st, June 28th Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!) Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students. *EARLY BIRD! Sign up before June 1st for $200 General / $180 AAWW Members*...
June 14, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Porochista Khakpour, Esther Lin, & Jyothi Natarajan
Join the New York Public Library for the next Periodically Speaking, featuring four outstanding writers, editors, and teachers in conversation about literature, immigration, and the literary life. The world is changing for immigrants in the arts in 2017. How are stories of immigration impacting literature? Who is telling these stories...
June 13, 2017
6:00 PM
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Leibman Berger Forum
476 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor Rm 227
New York New York 10018
Lo-Fi Love Songs
Don Lee, Andrew Choi of St. Lenox, & Jen Kwok
Don Lee reads from his new novel about the heartbreak and failures of a Korean American singer-songwriter, whose life takes a turn when he encounters an old flame, Lonesome Lies Before Us (W.W.. Norton 2017). Marlon James calls it a “wonderfully lyrical novel,” whose loving portraits of “beautiful losers” serves...
June 12, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
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