Past Events

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
When the Unreal’s Real: On World Literature
Xu Xi and Bino Realuyo
Join Xu Xi and Bino Realuyo to talk about Xu’s newly released novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press 2016). Bino and Xu will perform the book's prelude in a conversation on the transnational novel, metafiction, jazz and Bugs Bunny. Narrator, character, and oh yeah, real people themselves shapeshift...
October 13, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Randa Jarrar Launch Party
Randa Jarrar, Moustafa Bayoumi, Hala Alyan, and Sara Yasin
Join us for a subversive, raucous night celebrating novelist Randa Jarrar’s debut short story collection, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (Sarabande 2016). We’ll hear from Randa herself as well as a cast of literary all-stars performing her work: essayist Moustafa Bayoumi, poet Hala Alyan, and Buzzfeed’s Sara Yasin. BTW, did we...
October 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Surveillance Theater: Launch Party for Marina Budhos’ Watched
Marina Budhos & Theatre 167
Join us for a special night that mixes politics, literature, and theater, as we launch Marina Budhos’s latest novel Watched—a moral odyssey of a Muslim teenager in the age of surveillance. We’ll be joined by a special theatrical adaptation of the book by actors from Theater 167, who will also...
October 6, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
New Korean Literature in Translation
Deborah Smith & Ed Park
Join us for a rare New York appearance by translator Deborah Smith, whose translation of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian: A Novel (Hogarth 2016) just won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. She’ll discuss her new translation of Bae Suah’s A Greater Music (Open Letter 2016) with novelist and editor Ed...
October 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Dane Figueroa Edidi, Sham-e Ali Nayeem, 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 poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Dane Figueroa Edidi and Sham-e Ali Nayeem. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
October 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie
Bushra Rehman
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14 7PM-9PM $400 General / $375 AAWW Members $360 Early Registration before Labor Day - September 5th Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of...
October 3, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Amplify(HER) Launch
Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Manny Yusuf, Israt Audry, Michelle Chen, Soonaenae, DJ Ushka, Laura X Moya & Deesha Narichania
Drop by for the special launch for AMPLIFY(HER), the first-ever zine by and for undocumented women from the Asian diaspora. Grab your copy and support undocumented Asian writers alongside event hosts Sonia Guiñansaca of CultureStrike and Kay Ulanday Barrett, author of When The Chant Comes (Topside Press 2016). Come hear...
September 29, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
(IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex
Alfian Sa’at, Naomi Jackson, Jason Koo, Ovidia Yu, and Jennifer Hayashida
Join us for the opening night of the Singapore Literary Festival! Racial/ethnic identifications are seen as visible, whereas sexual preferences are deemed otherwise. How do writers make visible, or not, such identifications and preferences, and why do they do so? Award-winning Singaporean authors and playwrights Alfian Sa’at and Ovidia Yu...
September 28, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
The Face
Tash Aw and Ruth Ozeki
Celebrate the launch of an innovative new series from Restless Books with two of contemporary literature’s most exciting transnational writers: Booker Finalist Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw. Both writers have slim new editions with a new series by Restless Books called THE FACE, which asks writers to offer a guided...
September 23, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Avant Poetry & Politics
Jennifer Hayashida, Tyehimba Jess, David Lau, & Cheena Marie Lo
Join us for a special night featuring four poets on the cutting edge of avant-garde poetry and politics and whose work explores issues of gender, anti-capitalism, and race. We’re excited to host visits from out-of-town poets published by Commune Editions: David Lau, the editor of Lana Turner Journal, and Oakland-based...
September 15, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY
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