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AAWW at 30

As the Asian American Writers’ Workshop celebrates its 30th anniversary, we invited current and former editors, writers, community members, and workers to make new meaning from the Workshop’s archive. Together, they have awakened AAWW’s print anthologies and journals, returned to the physical spaces of the Workshop starting from our basement location on St. Mark’s, and given shape to the stories from within AAWW that circulate like rumors, drawing writers back again and again. In revisiting the Workshop’s history, we hope for insight into the ever-changing landscape of Asian diasporic literature and politics and inspiration to guide us forward in our next 30 years.

In which we awaken and make new meaning from our archive

Jessica Hagedorn, Kimiko Hahn, and Kyle Dacuyan talk about the funky, raw arts spaces we need

Former and current Workshop directors and workers reflect on 30 years of AAWW’s spaces

Remembering the Workshop’s basement office in the late nineties

Remembering the AAWW offices in the East Village and Koreatown

On AAWW as a space of solace and connection

AAWW’s current executive director reflects on virtual space and community

The Workshop as a space of “experimentation and even error”

Former programs associate Nadia Q. Ahmad on work, rest, and AAWW’s fabled green couch

Former art director Britt Gudas recalls being on duty at the Workshop

Luis H. Francia and Eric Gamalinda talk about the making of AAWW’s Filipino American literary anthology

A former Open City Fellow answers 10 questions about her writing life

The poet talks with Eileen Tabios about his writing process and how “language can be a thicket and brambles”

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