Past Events

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
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
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