Past Events

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
AAWW at AWP - Asian American Caucus
Jyothi Natarajan, Dr. Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Sunyoung Lee, & Cathy Linh Che
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What literary resources are available for Asian American writers? What does it mean to be an Asian writer in the 21st century? This 2nd Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out...
February 9, 2017
6:00 PM
Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Open Mic & Selected Readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660
Hunter College AASP students and CRAASH
The students are watching, now hear them speak. Join us for an Open Mic and selected readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660, hosted by Asian American studies students at Hunter and CRAASH. This evening’s Open Mic seeks to provide a space for Asian American students to come together and find...
December 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Suite 600
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...
December 14, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Flip the Beat
Christine Balance, Jessica Hagedorn, Patrick Rosal
Join us for the New York launch of scholar Christine Bacareza Balance’s new book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America(Duke 2016), a vital exploration of post-WWII Filipino literary and musical culture. We’ll also feature former AAWW Literary Award winner Patrick Rosal’s new poetry collection Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea 2016). His work channels DJ culture,...
December 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Poetry Versus Essay Versus Ghost
Sun Yung Shin, Janice Lee, & Madhu Kaza
Come throw poetry in the atom smasher with death, essays, grief, television, orientalism, science fiction, wandering, and ghosts. This event on hybrid forms and migrant thoughts features writers Madhu Kaza, Janice Lee, and Sun Yung Shin, the latter two appearing in a rare New York visit. We’ll explore poetry as...
December 10, 2016
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
A Trump World Order? What to Expect from US Foreign Policy
Medea Benjamin, Vijay Prashad, Jillian Schwedler, and Ingar Solty
AAWW is proud to rent its space for the following program organized by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Donald Trump’s shocking election victory presents itself not only as a national catastrophe for the American people, but as a threat to the entire globe. While Trump’s views on foreign policy are usually described...
December 9, 2016
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, #600
New York NY 10001
Mona Kareem, Genya Turovskaya, Zohra Saed, Sal Robinson, Madhu Kaza
We’re excited to host the first installment of The Bridge, a special reading series featuring translators who first or second generation immigrants or who identify as part of a diaspora. Hosted by Sal Robinson and Madhu Kaza, the series will feature immigrant and POC translators--and will also coincide with a...
November 30, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Margins Fellow & Mentor Reading
Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, Hua Hsu, Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Steven Tagle, Wei Tchou, Monique Truong
For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We recently created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the...
November 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Jade Phoenix Martinez, Jes Tom, 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 poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Jade Phoenix Martinez and Jes Tom. Trans Day of Remembrance is November 20th...
November 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Jade Chang’s The Wangs Vs The World
Jade Chang, Wei Tchou
We’re giving out free Vanessa’s Dumplings and joining forces with the Center for Fiction to celebrate Jade Chang’s explosive debut novel, The Wangs Vs The World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016). Named one of the most anticipated titles by Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, and iBooks, The Wangs is both...
November 14, 2016
7:00 PM
The Center for Fiction
17 E 47 St
New York NY 10017
From the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square
Madeleine Thien and Jiayang Fan
You can’t miss this rare New York appearance by novelist Madeleine Thien, whose ambitious novel of contemporary Chinese history--Do Not Say We Have Nothing (W.W. Norton 2016)--is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s Highest Literary Prize. An epic, magisterial story, the...
November 14, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
MWC NYC: Emergency Community Townhall
AAWW
The results are in and Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Everything is somehow both radically different and the same that it's always been. As we pick ourselves up and brace ourselves for what's to come, we are reminded again that strength lies within our communities and...
November 11, 2016
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Community Space to Breathe
AAWW
We’re calling all writers, readers, activists, intellectuals, agitators, friends, family, friends, and community. We are here for you. We are holding a space for our community to heal together and share some light and love. We are here if you want to grieve, if you want to breathe, or if...
November 10, 2016
5:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY 10001-
Heartbreak and the Fractured Family
Vanessa Hua and Janice Y.K. Lee
Dear melancholic second-generation Asian peeps! Come through for a special reading featuring two critically acclaimed fiction writers reading shrewd, witty books about love and infidelity, motherhood and immigrant families. Featuring bestselling novelist Janice Y.K. Lee and Vanessa Hua. Lee’s new novel explores three women trying to find their place and...
November 9, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Sabina Murray Book Launch
Sabina Murray and Gina Apostol
If you’re as into partying down for ravishing literary fiction and colonial history as we are, then you cannot miss this book release party for Filipina-Australian author Sabina Murray’s epic novel Valiant Gentlemen (Grove Press 2016). The novel follows the life, love and politics of Irish revolutionary bad-ass Roger Casement...
November 1, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Chinese Cuisine Today
Fuchsia Dunlop, Ed Schoenfeld, and Jonathan Wu
Come celebrate the new cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop, one of today’s most prominent writers on Chinese culinary traditions. Called “the best writer in the West… on Chinese food” by The Telegraph, Fuchsia’s new book Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China (W.W. Norton 2016) explores...
October 26, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Screenwriting Workshop
Darine Hotait
Dates: 10/25 and 10/27 (6-9pm) & 10/29 (1-4pm) Fees & Payment Options: $220 General / $200 AAWW Members (SIGN UP HERE!) Full payment due before first class. Five RAWI members will receive a free spot in this class. Maximum of twelve students. Develop your screenwriting skills with award-winning writer and...
October 25, 2016
12:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Queerness & Our Refugee Mothers
Quyen Nguyen-Le, Alex Quan-Pham, Chrysanthemum Tran, and Paul Tran
In the mood for a film screening? Gear up as a community and gather ‘round for a screening of the Queer Vietnamese film N??c (Water/Homeland). Praised by The Long Beach Post as “a six-minute shot to the heart. It’s a visceral, gut-wrenching, heartfelt string of moments” -- N??c is an...
October 23, 2016
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York New York 10001
Civil Violence: New Sri Lankan Lit
Anuk Arudpragasam, Sunila Galappatti, Nayomi Munaweera, Hasanthika Sirisena, Sunil Yapa, and Kitana Ananda
Four critically acclaimed writers read from new books exploring the legacy of political violence, whether it’s based around gender or war, migration or the state. Fiction writers Anuk Arudpragasam, Hasanthika Sirisena, Sunil Yapa, and Nayomi Munaweera (here for a rare New York appearance!) unearth trauma’s deep wounds from the Civil...
October 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Stubborn Dirty Snow
Can Xue and Porochista Khakpour
NOTE: WE HAVE CHANGED THE DATE FROM TUESDAY 10/17/16 TO TUESDAY 10/18/16. Swing by for a unique appearance by Can Xue, one of China’s edgiest avant-garde fiction writers, as well as one of the country’s most significant women writers. Susan Sontag called Can Xue the most likely possibility of a...
October 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
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