Past Events

Dispatches from the Ministry of Truth
Sheba Karim, Abeer Hoque, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Sofija Stefanovic, Youmna Chlala, & OHYUNG
*This event does not take place at AAWW. On the publication anniversary of George Orwell’s 1984, come listen to performances by Swati Khurana, Abeer Hoque, Sheba Karim, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Sofija Stefanovic, Youmna Chlala and OHYUNG about truth, love, and other tortures. June 8 is also World Oceans Day and...
June 8, 2017
7:00 PM
61 Local
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn New York 11201
Visualizing Vietnam
Thi Bui, An-My Lê, & Anne Ishii
Come see two artists interrogating the visual narratives of the Vietnam war and refugee experience: MacArthur “Genius” An-My Lê and graphic novelist Thi Bui. Lê’s images depict re-enactments of the Vietnam War and play-scenarios of US Marines fighting a Middle Eastern war in California, creating a liminal space between documentary...
June 2, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
YaliniDream, Aldrin Valdez, Sonia Guiñansaca, & 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 YaliniDream and Aldrin Valdez. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a...
May 31, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
White People & Asian Dropouts
Lisa Ko, Ed Lin, Zohra Saed, and Jade Sharma
Are you in touch with your inner Asian American rebel or underachiever? Is Jordan Peele’s Get Out your new favorite movie? Come hear Lisa Ko read from her debut novel, The Leavers, the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses...
May 25, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Museum of the Moving Image Screening
Sarah K. Khan, Shahina Perveen, & Hali Lee
Come by the Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) to catch a screening of Open City Muslim Communities Fellow Sarah K. Khan’s powerful short documentary film Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Shahina Parveen (2017, 10 min) in its world premiere. The film looks at the ripples of the domestic War...
May 19, 2017
7:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, Bartos Screening Room
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria New York 11106
Sheba Karim Launch Party & API Young Adult Panel
Sheba Karim, Sona Charaipotra, Heidi Heilig, Emily X.R. Pan, and Wendy Xu
Come celebrate the launch of Sheba Karim’s Young Adult novel That Thing We Call a Heart (Harper Collins 2017), the funny and affecting story of Shabnam Qureshi’s quest for love and identity. We’ll also host a frank conversation about Asian-American representation in young adult fiction, featuring Sona Charaipotra (We Need...
May 18, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Late Colonial
Charmaine Craig & Maaza Mengiste
Come hear two crucial novelists who’re narrating the colonial and postcolonial nation. Chomp on free Burmese food from our catering partner, Burma Noodle Bar. We’re celebrating the new novel by author-actress Charmaine Craig: the semi-autobiographical epic, Miss Burma. Pulitzer Finalist Laila Lalami calls the book “a sweeping novel of Burma...
May 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
AAWW FAM: Off the Record
Mariya Karimjee, Alanna Okun, Zainab Shah, Jenn de la Vega, Anna Theresa Day, Delina Medhin, & Sara Yasin
Get ready to power down: we’re going off the record! Come listen to-but don’t record—an eclectic mix of writers, journalists, chefs, and makeup artists; Mariya Karimjee, Alanna Okun, Jenn de la Vega, Anna Theresa Day, and Delina Medhin get intimate about a timely May theme, Mothers. Moderated by BuzzFeed News...
May 10, 2017
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
The Personal in the Political
Hala Alyan, Hayan Charara, Marwa Helal and Tanwi Nandini Islam
Join us for a special evening featuring three Arab American writers exploring the boundaries between personal and political: novelist/poet Hala Alyan and poets Hayan Charara and Marwa Helal. From the Six-Day War and the invasion of Iraq to explosive poetic experimentations, these writers explore what it means to have a...
May 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York New York 10001
Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts
Amy Sara Carroll, Madhu Kaza, Eiko Otake, Dagmawi Woubshet
The second event of a new series featuring translators who are first or second generation immigrants or who identify as part of a diaspora, this installment features: Amy Sara Carroll, one of the collaborators in the Transborder Immigrant Tool; Eiko Otake, whose work as a movement artist and translator has...
May 4, 2017
6:30 PM
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York New York 10012
AAWW FAM: MATWAALA
Saleem Peeradina, Vijay Seshadri, Meena Alexander, Rafiq Kathwari, Usha Akella, Pramilla Venkateswaran, Ravi Shankar, Varsha Saraiya Shah, Sasha Parmasad, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Yuyutsu Sharma, Vikas Menon, Rohan Chhetri, Nandini Dhar, Tim Tomlinson, and Lourdes Rodriguez Tomlinson
Share your lyric voice at Matwaala, an annual South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival. Joining us will be Matwaala’s Poet of Honor Saleem Peeradina, editor of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English (Macmillan, 1972), one of the earliest and most widely used texts in courses on South Asian literature. Explore the poetic...
April 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Maxine!
Maxine Hong Kingston & Monique Truong
We’re delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Woman Warrior by legendary Asian American novelist and poet Maxine Hong Kingston, one of the most influential and formally adventurous forerunners in Asian American literature.
April 20, 2017
7:00 PM


Workshop: Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar
Kaveh Akbar
Transcendent American poet Max Ritvo wrote that if the world outside a poet’s head is more interesting than the world inside their head, they might as well become a journalist. His point: it’s what’s inside the poet’s mind, what (or who) is hooting or singing or moaning or gagging inside...
March 31, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW FAM: Feminist American History
NAPAWF*NYC
In the next installment of our Asian American Feminism series, NAPAWF*NYC will be hosting a workshop on Asian American history through a feminist lens. The Chinese Exclusion Act, World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the Southeast Asian refugee crisis have been raised in national conversations on the persecution...
March 30, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW FAM: Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kit Yan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, 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 Kit Yan and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
March 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Surreal Lives
Deepak Unnikrishnan, Alexandra Kleeman, Katie Raissian
Do you feel like you’re living in a surreal dystopia? Well, we’ve got your guidebook. Come hear critically acclaimed authors Deepak Unnikrishnan and Alexandra Kleeman read from new story collections. Their strange inventions will make perfect sense to anyone who feels like they don’t belong in our fantasia of global...
March 23, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement
Equality Labs
Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a...
March 22, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Legacies of Marcos
Susan Quimpo, Chris Santiago, & Noel Pangilinan
Come through for a rare New York appearance by two out-of-town authors reading works about family turmoil, revolution, and the legacy of Ferdinand Marcos’s rule in the Philippines--a vital reference point to anyone thinking today about authoritarian rule and resistance. Seven members of Susan Quimpo’s family joined the anti-Marcos resistance....
March 19, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Min Jin Lee's Pachinko
Min Jin Lee and Ken Chen
Note: This program is co-sponsored by the AAWW, the reading is taking place at the Tenement Museum. Award-winning author Min Jin Lee comes to the museum with her new book. Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing 2017) follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea, and moving to...
March 15, 2017
6:30 PM
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
New York NY 10002
Migrant Father Fragment
QM Zhang, lê th? di?m thúy, & Hua Hsu
Join us for a night featuring writers of fragmented, hybridic family narratives that explore themes of immigration, grief, and the father: Q.M. Zhang and lê th? di?m thúy, who’ll talk with The New Yorker’s Hua Hsu. A hybrid memoir/novel that’s part espionage, part historical documentary, Q.M. Zhang’s Accomplice to Memory...
March 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Family Vs Migration
Shanthi Sekaran, Paola Mendoza, Rinku Sen, & Kavita Das
As the country faces a xenophobic resurgence, we present novelists, filmmakers, and activists who’re narrating how our immigration system threatens families, mothers, and children. Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel Lucky Boy follows an undocumented eighteen-year-old Chicano mother who winds up in immigration detention--causing her son to be adopted by an upper...
March 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Family Vs History
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Sonya Chung, Annie Kim, & Jyothi Natarajan
Is your family history a little complicated? Novelists Sonya Chung and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and poet Annie Kim read new work about family trauma crossing generations, countries, and racial identity. In these authors’ works, often multigenerational and multiracial, the personal history of the immigrant family intersects with the broader sweep...
March 6, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Our Ancestors Dreamed of Us: Muslim Writers in Conversation
Jordan Alam, Sara Abdullah, & Aisha Bint Gladys
Let’s get conversational (to the tune of Olivia Newton John). Jordan Alam, sára abdullah and Aisha Bint Gladys will be sharing stories of migration and Muslim life in the US. From the mundane to the magical, these artists are sharing new work and speaking about life under the current administration--...
March 5, 2017
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Artists Dismantling Borders: A Night of Resistance
Jess X Chen, Kayla Briet, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Giselle Buchanan, & Sabrina Ghaus
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! A desire to deconstruct and resist is a plus. Amidst the chaos come on home and take the time to ground yourself in poetry and music-- for and by our people. This is a night to rejoice, to celebrate radical imagination, and to heal. We’re joining together...
February 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th St., 6th Flr
New York NY 10001
Poetry Poetry V
Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Sally Wen Mao, & Emily Yoon
“Poetry can save us,” Martín Espada once wrote. Join us for the fifth edition of Poetry Poetry, featuring Guggenheim Fellow Kimiko Hahn, National Book Award Finalist Monica Youn, Pushcart Prize Winner Sally Wen Mao, and our very own Poetry Editor Emily Yoon! RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN...
February 24, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement
Equality Labs
Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a...
February 20, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
New Taiwanese American Lit
Ed Lin, Shawna Yang Ryan, & Arabelle Sicardi
Filial piety and betrayal! Martial law and political prisoners! Stinky Tofu! We’re exploring new Taiwanese American literature from the Shilin night market to the historical trauma of the White Terror. Come hear novelists Shawna Yang Ryan and Ed Lin, who will discuss their books with beauty and fashion politics blogger Arabelle Sicardi (Teen Vogue and ROOKIE). RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Shawna Yang Ryan’s second novel, Green Island (Knopf 2016), follows the Tsai family and their struggle to survive the infamous White Terror
February 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Love and Girlhood
Abeer Hoque, Tania De Rozario, & Wo Chan
Come celebrate the launch of new books by Abeer Hoque and Tania De Rozario! From Nigeria to Bangladesh to Singapore, these fierce memoirs explore what it means to come of age as a young woman and what it means to leave where you’ve come from. We’ll be celebrating their publications...
February 15, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY 10001
AAWW at AWP - Immigrants/Children of Immigrants: A Nontraditional Path to a Writing Career
Ken Chen, Monica Youn, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Juan Martinex, & Irina Reyn
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* Not only do you not have an uncle in publishing or see people from the neighborhood get MFAs, immigrants and children of immigrants are inculcated to opt for "safe," "secure," often well-paying jobs; a writing career may seem like an...
February 11, 2017
12:00 PM
Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Meeting Level Four
Marriot Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
AAWW at AWP - Being the Change You Want to See: The New Literary Leadership
Lisa Lucas, Ken Chen, Jen Benka, Britt Udesen, & Andrew Proctor
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What will a new generation of literary leadership look like? While many literary institutions have a reputation for being stodgy or slow-moving with regards to change, here are five directors who bring unique experience and fresh perspective to literary nonprofits,...
February 11, 2017
10:30 AM
Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Room 207A
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
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