Past Events

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
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
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