Past Events

150 Years of Chinese American History
Peter Ho Davies
Laundry and railroad workers, silent film star Anna May Wong, and hate crime victim Vincent Chin: these icons of Chinese American history become recast in The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016), a new multi-generational novel by the award-winning author Peter Ho Davies. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents,...
September 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Good Girls Marry Doctors
Piyali Bhattacharya, Swati Khurana, Rajpreet Heir, Jyothi Natarajan, Ankita Rao, and Sejal Shah
Come through to celebrate the new anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books 2016), the first anthology to examine the multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families. Intimate, heart-breaking, political, and hilarious, these first person essays examine what it...
September 7, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Asian Classics: Hong Gildong
Minsoo Kang, Min Jin Lee, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Join us as we celebrate the new authoritative translation from Penguin Classics of The Story of Hong Gildong--arguably the single-most important book of classic Korean fiction. Following the adventures of the Robin Hood-like Hong Gildong, this social justice fairy tale has been adapted into feature films, television shows, cartoons, and...
August 25, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Undocumented Architecture
Tings Chak, Victoria Law
Join us for the U.S. launch of Tings Chak’s Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention, a graphic novel that documents the banality and violence of immigration incarceration centers. She'll discuss the work with freelance journalist Victoria Law, which will be facilitated by a member of AMPLIFY(HER). At the intersection of prison...
August 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St.
New York NY 10003
Process Talk II
Victoria Chang, Andrew Lam, Monica Ong, and Eugenia Leigh
Come through for our second installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. Come see award-winning poet Victoria Chang and essayist Andrew Lam (both joining us for a rare visit from...
August 17, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
North Korean Stories
Krys Lee, Barbara Demick & Sukjong Hong
North Korea is often represented as an unknowable space: a militarized space with few computers, no Internet, and a government mouthpiece that reports almost no news. Join us with two award-winning authors who seek to imagine and tell stories from the so-called Hermit Kingdom: Krys Lee, whose new novel is...
August 8, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10003
Words on Terror: Celebrating Solmaz Sharif’s Look
Solmaz Sharif, Mariam Ghani, Cathy Park Hong, Rickey Laurentiis
Join us for a special night celebrating poet Solmaz Sharif’s debut poetry collection, Look, which deploys poetry to bear witness to, in the words of NPR, “war in the Middle East, the war on terror, the devastation ravaged upon families in the name of freedom.” She’ll be joined by poets...
July 20, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Speculative Visions: An evening with Ted Chiang
Ted Chiang, Alice Sola Kim, Kirby Kim
Swing by for a special night with one of the country’s most prominent science fiction writers, Ted Chiang, the winner of four Locus awards, four Nebula awards, four Hugo Awards, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Moderated by Whiting Award-winner Alice Sola Kim--a writer whose work...
July 15, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Hybrid Love
Tahmima Anam, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Larissa Pham, and Nina Sharma
Join us for a reading and conversation with writers Tahmima Anam, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Larissa Pham, and Nina Sharma centered on interracial love.
July 7, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
Info Session: The Margins & Open City Fellowships
the editors of The Margins and Open City
June 28, 2016
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W 27th Street, 6 FL
New York NY 10001
PubCon 2016
Jenny Zhang, Jarry Lee, Tim O'Connell, Katie Raissian, James Yeh, Kashana Cauley, Mensah Demary, Ryan Chapman, Rakesh Satyal, & more to be announced
You're a writer. We know it. You know it. We also know that sometimes the hardest part isn't getting your ideas down on paper, but getting your manuscript out of the slush pile. AAWW's third Publishing Conference is a special one-day session for any writer who's ever felt left out,...
June 25, 2016
10:30 AM
ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn NY 11201
Process Talk
Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Timothy Yu
Come through for our first installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. We’re featuring award-winning poets Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Timothy Yu, and novelist Bich Minh Nguyen, all four of...
June 20, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Fragile Family
Esme Wang, Alice Sola Kim, Wei Tchou, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Come through for a special evening featuring four emerging writers on family trauma and celebrating the release of the debut novel by Esme Wang. She’ll be joined by Whiting Award Winner Alice Sola Kim and New Yorker contributor Wei Tchou in conversation with novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. In Esme Wang’s...
June 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
On Failure: Celebrating Hua Hsu's Floating Chinaman
Hua Hsu, Jon Caramanica, Ashok Kondabolu, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Dave Tompkins, and Esther Wang
Come through for a special event on ruminating on failure and celebrating the new book by Hua Hsu, A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific. The book takes its title from a lost manuscript by H. T. Tsiang, an oddball early Chinese immigrant experimental writer whose dismal literary...
June 8, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Rumaan Alam and Mira Jacob
Rumaan Alam reads from his new book Rich and Pretty: A Novel (HarperCollins 2016) in conversation with novelist Mira Jacob. Mention AAWW when you check out at this special B&N book fair event and we’ll receive 10% of your purchase as a donation! Rumaan’s Rich and Pretty is an irresistible...
June 7, 2016
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
150 E 86th Street
New York
Poetry Poetry IV
Ocean Vuong, Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Jennifer Hayashida
This is POETRY POETRY EPISODE IV, so that means this is some A New Hope sh*t. Come through for three emerging poets who’re wielding the force and making it new: Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Ocean Vuong, who just won the Whiting Award and found himself the subject of a...
May 19, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Japanese Feminist Comics
MariNaomi, Rokudenashiko, and Anne Ishii
Come hear two storytellers who are working at the edge of gender, sexuality, and the visual arts: graphic novelist MariNaomi, whose critically acclaimed new comic memoir explores her time working at hostess bars in Tokyo, and Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, who was arrested last year in Japan for "distribution of...
May 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
SOLASTALGIA: Eco-Feminist Poetry by Queer Poets of Color
Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda
Join us at AAWW for an evening of eco-feminist poetry that navigates time travel, queer resilience, migrant justice, love, trauma, fantasy, and indigenous survivance featuring Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda. This is the homecoming show of SOLASTALGIA: a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary poetry of...
May 17, 2016
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Blast Radius
Karan Mahajan and Amitava Kumar
Karan Mahajan’s new novel The Association of Small Bombs explores the profound effects terrorism can have on a family and a community. One of the most celebrated novels of the year, the book has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times, which named...
May 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St.
New York NY 10001
TURNING YOUR REAL LIFE INTO FICTION: A NOVEL WORKSHOP
Helen Wan
Four sessions 6-8pm: Wed 5/11, Tues 5/24, Tues 5/31, Tues 6/7. No class 5/17. Fees & Payment Options: Full class tuition: $325 General / $300 Members Full payment due before first class. Deposit: $80 General / $75 Members Try out the first class and see what you think! Just pay...
May 11, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Intro to Islamophobia and Xenophobia
Deepa Iyer, YaliniDream, Hina Shamsi, Aber Kawas
If you’ve been following the Presidential election, you’ve heard Donald Trump call for a database tracking all Muslim Americans and Ted Cruz suggest banning Muslim refugees purely on their religion. While this nativism is not new, dating back to 9/11 and before, these examples show how crucial xenophobia remains for...
May 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Colonial Manifests
John Keene and Naomi Williams
We’re treading the treacherous waters of the Age of Exploration and the history of New World slavery. Guiding your rudder will be two formally adventurous story collections: Dark Room Collective member John Keene’s Counternarratives (named Best of 2015 by Flavorwire, Lambda Literary, LitHub, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine) and...
May 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York New York 11366
Imagined Communities in Indonesia and the Philippines
Leila Chudori, Vicente Rafael and Gina Apostol
Join us for a special night about nationhood, exile, and Southeast Asian history featuring seminal Indonesian novelist Leila Chudori and honoring the late Benedict Anderson. The Jakarta-based Chudori will read from her novel Home, which spans the generation of left dissidents forced into exile by the 1965 killings and Suharto’s...
April 29, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Poets & Writers' Seventh Annual Connecting Cultures Reading
Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan
Join us Poets & Writers’s seventh annual Connecting Cultures reading, featuring: Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan. Event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. RESERVE A SEAT! /\ /\ \/\/ \/\/...
April 27, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Women of Color Writing on the Internet
Kate Gavino, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, Mallika Rao, and Esther Wang
Join Kate Gavino with an awesome lineup of emerging writers talking about the challenges, thrills and tribulations of writing as a women of color online. Gavino’s Last Night Reading literary event illustrations have blown up to be a Tumblr sensation. She’ll be joined by Esther Wang, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham,...
April 25, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Hybrid Details: Honoring Fred Wah
Fred Wah, Wo Chan, Mark Nowak and Jeff Derksen
Poet Fred Wah is a living legend in Canada, but he remains woefully under-read in this country. To remedy that, we’re celebrating Fred’s oeuvre--a jazzy, radical exploration of place and racial hybridity--and the publication of Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962–1991 (Talonbooks 2016). We’ll have Fred himself, on a rare...
April 13, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York New York 11366
The Map-maker's Colors
Hala Alyan, J. Mae Barizo, Zeina Hashem Beck, Youmna Chlala
In a poem published in The Margins, J. Mae Barizo writes: “And if there was no country [...] there would be no memory, neither an others or one’s own.” Come hear three lyric poets whose new books grapple with the cost and value of remembering a place: Hala Alyan, Zeina...
April 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
A4 Town Hall
Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Wei Tchou, and more!
We’re glad to be joining the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Town Hall, a bi-monthly event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! Are you an artist or arts organization who wants to pitch your work, upcoming event, grant, or award in a safe community space? Present your 60-second elevator pitch...
April 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
AAWW at AWP—The NEA Turns 50: Celebrating a Half-Century of Support for Literature in America
Amy Stolls, Fiona McCrae, Luis Alberto Urrea, Natasha Trethewey, & Ken Chen
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What do Ralph Ellison, Harper Lee, and John Steinbeck have in common? They were among the first council members of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966 that argued for grants to creative writers. Since then, the NEA has...
April 1, 2016
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
AAWW at AWP—Asian American Caucus
Ken Chen, 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 first Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out...
March 31, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
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