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On a Desert Highway: Two Poems by Ed Bok Lee

By Ed Bok Lee | February 28, 2019 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The shaman wore long white sleeves rippling & / Minuscule in the bone-dry distance. / I jerked & righted the wheel / Plying invisible waves of hot sea

The Diary of Afong Moy

By Sally Wen Mao | January 16, 2019 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Banknotes / dropped, jawbones dropped, and it was truly / unnerving, to watch the white people / stare at me, mouths / twitching in awe or pity, / or both.

In Search of Roots: An Excerpt from Paper Sons

By Dickson Lam | July 19, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

With only the moonlight, we could barely see what we’d tag. All around my tag were faded names, names we didn’t bother to read in the dark—our graffiti forebears. One day, we too would be unread.

Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island

By Jeffrey Thomas Leong and David Wojahn | June 12, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Against the hills, a tall building with plank-walled rooms. / I, wishing for my wife and son like clouds far away, / My night is even longer under the bright moon.

Litany for the Long Moment

By Mary-Kim Arnold | May 15, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

If I can learn its grammar and alphabet / hold its vocabulary in my mouth / then perhaps I can know something of history—my history.

A Woman May Not Be a Safe Place: Two Poems by Diana Khoi Nguyen

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | April 30, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

When I was born, my parents put me on a rug on the ground and stood / staring at me until the light outside dimmed and then there in the / darkening we three were quiet for a while

The Poet’s Education

By Jenny Boully | April 23, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

That was the first time I knew that there must have been others out there, just like me, who were sad and lonely and just wanted some kind of beauty in their lives and maybe for a boy to love them.

Ten Enduring Statements from Lost or Forgotten Films

By John Yau | April 17, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

We wonder if this is what heaven is like—an old movie theater with thick velvet curtains that part, as the lights dim and the naked cherubs peering down from the blue and gold ceiling vanish, like comets.

Another Portrait of Dad

By Sesshu Foster | March 28, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

I saw him before he saw me, staring off at a distant point. When he fixed on my face as I crossed the yellow lawn, he recognized me and grinned.

Ants Among Elephants

By Sujatha Gidla | March 8, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Satyam was all alone in a strange town with no one to ask for help. His family had made a mistake. They had been greedy. They wanted too much for their own good.


By Krystal A. Sital | February 22, 2018 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

She felt her frozen image splitting, cracking a webbed pattern over her. She fell like shards of ice and glass sprinkling, twinkling, and shattering like diamond rain upon her mother.

Where We Live Now Was Once Mourned

By Chang-rae Lee | February 13, 2014 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

An excerpt from Chang-rae Lee’s On Such A Full Sea

What Kind of New World Would This Be?

By Gaiutra Bahadur | November 11, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

An excerpt from Coolie Woman, Gaiutra Bahadur’s new book about hidden histories of indentured labor migration

Sea Time | from The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

By Hanya Yanagihara | October 16, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“It had always been that one of Norton’s fondest dreams—the dream, I think, of many brilliant and overextended men—was that one month, or one year, he’d find himself in a warm place with absolutely no commitments.”

The City of Devi: Jaz

By Manil Suri | June 19, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A man in search of his ex-lover looks back on his coming of age—from Manil Suri’s pre-apocalyptic novel set in Mumbai

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