Press Release

January 28, 2021

NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) announced the 2021 Margins and Open City Fellows. These Fellowship programs are the AAWW’s flagship incubators, designed to support and guide emerging Asian and Asian diasporic writers. AAWW Fellowships manually improve the lives of emerging writers of color through an innovative mix of community, publication, and career development. We aim to support writers, activists, and intellectuals so they can dream a new American mythology.

“As an organization that supports and celebrates writers at every stage of their career, the AAWW is proud to support some of the country’s most promising Asian and Asian diasporic writers in our Fellowship programs,” said Jafreen Uddin, AAWW Executive Director. “This year’s Fellows bring to the Workshop a wealth of creativity, innovation, and artistry; we are honored to provide a powerful space of incubation for them to continue honing their craft and expanding their creative community.”

The Margins Fellowship is an opportunity for emerging Asian and Asian diasporic poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to establish a home for their work on the AAWW’s award-winning online magazine The Margins. The 2021 Margins Fellows are Anne Branigin, Ghinwa Jawhari, Madeleine Mori, and Sahar Romani.

The Open City Fellowship allows emerging journalists the opportunity to document the pulse of Asian American and Muslim lives as they are being lived on the streets of New York City today. The 2021 Open City Fellows are Aaisha Bhuiyan, Ayesha Islam, Lylla Younes, Jessica Joyce Jacolbe, and Teresa Mathew.

Read more about the 2021 Fellows here.