Welcome to Page Turner: AAWW’s 2023 Publishing Conference!


Postmates will be treating us to a free conference meal! You’ll be able to grab anything your heart desires by applying PAGETURNER23 at checkout for $25 off, with no minimum order size. You can download the Postmates app using the following links: iOS link and Android link. On the checkout page, you will be prompted with a section to apply the promo code and the subtotal will reflect accordingly after the code is applied. This code will be valid all day, so if you’re not feeling any of the nearby lunch options, feel free to use it for your post-conference dinner!


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Keynote Address by Mayukh Sen

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Literary Stars of 2023: Debut Authors
2023 debut authors Jade SongGina Chung, and Jinwoo Chong come together for a conversation moderated by Jai Chakraborti, discussing how their path towards a debut novel has manifested. From drafting in the midst of a global pandemic to launching their first book, writers will convene in a reflection on their journey to publication as well as what comes next.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: New Horizons for Digital Publishing: Asian American Voices Online
As the landscape of digital publishing shifts due to economic and artistic challenges, join this panel of Asian American pioneers in online publishing, Mianne ChanMatt Ortile, and Shannon Lee for a discussion moderated by The Margins Editor-in-Chief Dana Isokawa, on the new horizons for creating work specifically for a digital community.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Lunch Break [Provided by Postmates]

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Transcending Boundaries, Crafting Verses: Queer and Trans Narratives in Poetry
What can poetry do that other forms cannot? A panel of acclaimed queer and trans poets Wo ChanGolden, and Ghinwa Jawhari come together in a conversation moderated by AAWW Deputy Director Devyn Mañibo to discuss the possibilities of allowing their narratives to exist in the poetic form.

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Unmasking Cultural Criticism: Critics of Color
Cultural critics Frances Solá-SantiagoJessica JacolbeKovie BiakoloJennifer WilsonMira Dayal, and Ana Tuazon join us in conversation to discuss their craft, writing criticism of other people of color and navigating the newsroom and editorial process as a writer of color. Moderated by AAWW Director of Programs, Vandana Pawa.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Agents Networking Hour
Asian American literary agents DongWon SongAnnie HwangWendy Gu, and Jade Wong-Baxter come together to connect with writers. This exclusive networking hour provides a space for aspiring authors to engage with industry professionals, discuss their work, and foster connections. Whether you have a manuscript ready or are still in the process of honing your craft, this is your opportunity to navigate the publishing world with guidance from experienced literary agents who are passionate about championing Asian American voices.

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Craft Lab with Benedict Nguyen [Additional ticket required]
This open genre workshop draws from performance strategies to consider how to tell narratives of the self. Writers will practice techniques for drawing from personal experiences that feel fruitful but not exhibitionist. This session will consider how thinking about creative writing and professional writing in tandem can be generative, and even fun. Illuminating where the personal seeps into writing as well as the meta/self-reflexive writing about the writing can sharpen a vision for work that is both more particular and more compelling. Writers will generate new frames of inquiry for considering the scope of current projects as well as draft language for new artist and/or project