Upcoming Events

Past Events

A Reading
Lisa Ko
Details TBA
May 25, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
A Reading
Hala Alyan & Hayan Charara
Details TBA
May 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
AAWW FAM: MATWAALA
Saleem Peeradina, Vijay Seshadri, Meena Alexander, Rafiq Kathwari, Usha Akella, Pramilla Venkateswaran, Ravi Shankar, Varsha Saraiya Shah, Sasha Parmasad, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Yuyutsu Sharma, Vikas Menon, Rohan Chhetri, Nandini Dhar, Tim Tomlinson, and Lourdes Rodriguez Tomlinson
Share your lyric voice at Matwaala, an annual South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival. Joining us will be Matwaala’s Poet of Honor Saleem Peeradina, editor of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English (Macmillan, 1972), one of the earliest and most widely used texts in courses on South Asian literature. Explore the poetic...
April 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
AAWW FAM: Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Sonia Guiñansaca
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poet Sonia Guiñansaca, Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. Stay tuned for updates on our...
April 24, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Maxine!
Maxine Hong Kingston & Monique Truong
Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:00pm - Doors open at 6:30pm Verso Books 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 We’re delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Woman Warrior by legendary Asian American novelist and poet Maxine Hong Kingston, one of the most influential and formally adventurous forerunners in Asian...
April 20, 2017
7:00 PM
Verso Books
20 Jay St
Brooklyn New York
Workshop: Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar
Kaveh Akbar
Transcendent American poet Max Ritvo wrote that if the world outside a poet’s head is more interesting than the world inside their head, they might as well become a journalist. His point: it’s what’s inside the poet’s mind, what (or who) is hooting or singing or moaning or gagging inside...
March 31, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW FAM: Feminist American History
NAPAWF*NYC
In the next installment of our Asian American Feminism series, NAPAWF*NYC will be hosting a workshop on Asian American history through a feminist lens. The Chinese Exclusion Act, World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the Southeast Asian refugee crisis have been raised in national conversations on the persecution...
March 30, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW FAM: Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kit Yan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, 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 AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Kit Yan and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide...
March 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Surreal Lives
Deepak Unnikrishnan, Alexandra Kleeman, Katie Raissian
Do you feel like you’re living in a surreal dystopia? Well, we’ve got your guidebook. Come hear critically acclaimed authors Deepak Unnikrishnan and Alexandra Kleeman read from new story collections. Their strange inventions will make perfect sense to anyone who feels like they don’t belong in our fantasia of global...
March 23, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement
Equality Labs
Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a...
March 22, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Legacies of Marcos
Susan Quimpo, Chris Santiago, & Noel Pangilinan
Come through for a rare New York appearance by two out-of-town authors reading works about family turmoil, revolution, and the legacy of Ferdinand Marcos’s rule in the Philippines--a vital reference point to anyone thinking today about authoritarian rule and resistance. Seven members of Susan Quimpo’s family joined the anti-Marcos resistance....
March 19, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Min Jin Lee's Pachinko
Min Jin Lee and Ken Chen
Note: This program is co-sponsored by the AAWW, the reading is taking place at the Tenement Museum. Award-winning author Min Jin Lee comes to the museum with her new book. Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing 2017) follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea, and moving to...
March 15, 2017
6:30 PM
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
New York NY 10002
Migrant Father Fragment
QM Zhang, lê th? di?m thúy, & Hua Hsu
Join us for a night featuring writers of fragmented, hybridic family narratives that explore themes of immigration, grief, and the father: Q.M. Zhang and lê th? di?m thúy, who’ll talk with The New Yorker’s Hua Hsu. A hybrid memoir/novel that’s part espionage, part historical documentary, Q.M. Zhang’s Accomplice to Memory...
March 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Family Vs Migration
Shanthi Sekaran, Paola Mendoza, Rinku Sen, & Kavita Das
As the country faces a xenophobic resurgence, we present novelists, filmmakers, and activists who’re narrating how our immigration system threatens families, mothers, and children. Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel Lucky Boy follows an undocumented eighteen-year-old Chicano mother who winds up in immigration detention--causing her son to be adopted by an upper...
March 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Family Vs History
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Sonya Chung, Annie Kim, & Jyothi Natarajan
Is your family history a little complicated? Novelists Sonya Chung and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and poet Annie Kim read new work about family trauma crossing generations, countries, and racial identity. In these authors’ works, often multigenerational and multiracial, the personal history of the immigrant family intersects with the broader sweep...
March 6, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Our Ancestors Dreamed of Us: Muslim Writers in Conversation
Jordan Alam, Sara Abdullah, & Aisha Bint Gladys
Let’s get conversational (to the tune of Olivia Newton John). Jordan Alam, sára abdullah and Aisha Bint Gladys will be sharing stories of migration and Muslim life in the US. From the mundane to the magical, these artists are sharing new work and speaking about life under the current administration--...
March 5, 2017
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Artists Dismantling Borders: A Night of Resistance
Jess X Chen, Kayla Briet, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Giselle Buchanan, & Sabrina Ghaus
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! A desire to deconstruct and resist is a plus. Amidst the chaos come on home and take the time to ground yourself in poetry and music-- for and by our people. This is a night to rejoice, to celebrate radical imagination, and to heal. We’re joining together...
February 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th St., 6th Flr
New York NY 10001
Poetry Poetry V
Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Sally Wen Mao, & Emily Yoon
“Poetry can save us,” Martín Espada once wrote. Join us for the fifth edition of Poetry Poetry, featuring Guggenheim Fellow Kimiko Hahn, National Book Award Finalist Monica Youn, Pushcart Prize Winner Sally Wen Mao, and our very own Poetry Editor Emily Yoon! RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN...
February 24, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement
Equality Labs
Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a...
February 20, 2017
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
New Taiwanese American Lit
Ed Lin, Shawna Yang Ryan, & Arabelle Sicardi
Filial piety and betrayal! Martial law and political prisoners! Stinky Tofu! We’re exploring new Taiwanese American literature from the Shilin night market to the historical trauma of the White Terror. Come hear novelists Shawna Yang Ryan and Ed Lin, who will discuss their books with beauty and fashion politics blogger Arabelle Sicardi (Teen Vogue and ROOKIE). RESERVE A SEAT! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Shawna Yang Ryan’s second novel, Green Island (Knopf 2016), follows the Tsai family and their struggle to survive the infamous White Terror
February 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Love and Girlhood
Abeer Hoque, Tania De Rozario, & Wo Chan
Come celebrate the launch of new books by Abeer Hoque and Tania De Rozario! From Nigeria to Bangladesh to Singapore, these fierce memoirs explore what it means to come of age as a young woman and what it means to leave where you’ve come from. We’ll be celebrating their publications...
February 15, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY 10001
AAWW at AWP - Immigrants/Children of Immigrants: A Nontraditional Path to a Writing Career
Ken Chen, Monica Youn, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Juan Martinex, & Irina Reyn
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* Not only do you not have an uncle in publishing or see people from the neighborhood get MFAs, immigrants and children of immigrants are inculcated to opt for "safe," "secure," often well-paying jobs; a writing career may seem like an...
February 11, 2017
12:00 PM
Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Meeting Level Four
Marriot Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
AAWW at AWP - Being the Change You Want to See: The New Literary Leadership
Lisa Lucas, Ken Chen, Jen Benka, Britt Udesen, & Andrew Proctor
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What will a new generation of literary leadership look like? While many literary institutions have a reputation for being stodgy or slow-moving with regards to change, here are five directors who bring unique experience and fresh perspective to literary nonprofits,...
February 11, 2017
10:30 AM
Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Room 207A
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
AAWW at AWP - Asian American Caucus
Jyothi Natarajan, Dr. Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Sunyoung Lee, & Cathy Linh Che
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What literary resources are available for Asian American writers? What does it mean to be an Asian writer in the 21st century? This 2nd Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out...
February 9, 2017
6:00 PM
Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Open Mic & Selected Readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660
Hunter College AASP students and CRAASH
The students are watching, now hear them speak. Join us for an Open Mic and selected readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660, hosted by Asian American studies students at Hunter and CRAASH. This evening’s Open Mic seeks to provide a space for Asian American students to come together and find...
December 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Suite 600
New York NY 10001
Fight Back Workshop: Secure Your Movement
Equality Labs
Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years. To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a...
December 14, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Flip the Beat
Christine Balance, Jessica Hagedorn, Patrick Rosal
Join us for the New York launch of scholar Christine Bacareza Balance’s new book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America(Duke 2016), a vital exploration of post-WWII Filipino literary and musical culture. We’ll also feature former AAWW Literary Award winner Patrick Rosal’s new poetry collection Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea 2016). His work channels DJ culture,...
December 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Poetry Versus Essay Versus Ghost
Sun Yung Shin, Janice Lee, & Madhu Kaza
Come throw poetry in the atom smasher with death, essays, grief, television, orientalism, science fiction, wandering, and ghosts. This event on hybrid forms and migrant thoughts features writers Madhu Kaza, Janice Lee, and Sun Yung Shin, the latter two appearing in a rare New York visit. We’ll explore poetry as...
December 10, 2016
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
A Trump World Order? What to Expect from US Foreign Policy
Medea Benjamin, Vijay Prashad, Jillian Schwedler, and Ingar Solty
AAWW is proud to rent its space for the following program organized by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Donald Trump’s shocking election victory presents itself not only as a national catastrophe for the American people, but as a threat to the entire globe. While Trump’s views on foreign policy are usually described...
December 9, 2016
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, #600
New York NY 10001
Mona Kareem, Genya Turovskaya, Zohra Saed, Sal Robinson, Madhu Kaza
We’re excited to host the first installment of The Bridge, a special reading series featuring translators who first or second generation immigrants or who identify as part of a diaspora. Hosted by Sal Robinson and Madhu Kaza, the series will feature immigrant and POC translators--and will also coincide with a...
November 30, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Margins Fellow & Mentor Reading
Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, Hua Hsu, Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Steven Tagle, Wei Tchou, Monique Truong
For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We recently created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the...
November 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Jade Phoenix Martinez, Jes Tom, Sonia Guiñansaca, & 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 Jade Phoenix Martinez and Jes Tom. Trans Day of Remembrance is November 20th...
November 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Jade Chang’s The Wangs Vs The World
Jade Chang
We’re giving out free Vanessa’s Dumplings and joining forces with the Center for Fiction to celebrate Jade Chang’s explosive debut novel, The Wangs Vs The World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016). Named one of the most anticipated titles by Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, and iBooks, The Wangs is both...
November 14, 2016
7:00 PM
The Center for Fiction
17 E 47 St
New York NY 10017
From the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square
Madeleine Thien and Jiayang Fan
You can’t miss this rare New York appearance by novelist Madeleine Thien, whose ambitious novel of contemporary Chinese history--Do Not Say We Have Nothing (W.W. Norton 2016)--is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s Highest Literary Prize. An epic, magisterial story, the...
November 14, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
MWC NYC: Emergency Community Townhall
AAWW
The results are in and Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Everything is somehow both radically different and the same that it's always been. As we pick ourselves up and brace ourselves for what's to come, we are reminded again that strength lies within our communities and...
November 11, 2016
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Community Space to Breathe
AAWW
We’re calling all writers, readers, activists, intellectuals, agitators, friends, family, friends, and community. We are here for you. We are holding a space for our community to heal together and share some light and love. We are here if you want to grieve, if you want to breathe, or if...
November 10, 2016
5:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY 10001-
Heartbreak and the Fractured Family
Vanessa Hua and Janice Y.K. Lee
Dear melancholic second-generation Asian peeps! Come through for a special reading featuring two critically acclaimed fiction writers reading shrewd, witty books about love and infidelity, motherhood and immigrant families. Featuring bestselling novelist Janice Y.K. Lee and Vanessa Hua. Lee’s new novel explores three women trying to find their place and...
November 9, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Sabina Murray Book Launch
Sabina Murray and Gina Apostol
If you’re as into partying down for ravishing literary fiction and colonial history as we are, then you cannot miss this book release party for Filipina-Australian author Sabina Murray’s epic novel Valiant Gentlemen (Grove Press 2016). The novel follows the life, love and politics of Irish revolutionary bad-ass Roger Casement...
November 1, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th
New York NY 10001
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
Poetry Poetry IV
Ocean Vuong, Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Jennifer Hayashida
This is POETRY POETRY EPISODE IV, so that means this is some A New Hope sh*t. Come through for three emerging poets who’re wielding the force and making it new: Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Ocean Vuong, who just won the Whiting Award and found himself the subject of a...
May 19, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Japanese Feminist Comics
MariNaomi, Rokudenashiko, and Anne Ishii
Come hear two storytellers who are working at the edge of gender, sexuality, and the visual arts: graphic novelist MariNaomi, whose critically acclaimed new comic memoir explores her time working at hostess bars in Tokyo, and Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, who was arrested last year in Japan for "distribution of...
May 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
SOLASTALGIA: Eco-Feminist Poetry by Queer Poets of Color
Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda
Join us at AAWW for an evening of eco-feminist poetry that navigates time travel, queer resilience, migrant justice, love, trauma, fantasy, and indigenous survivance featuring Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda. This is the homecoming show of SOLASTALGIA: a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary poetry of...
May 17, 2016
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Blast Radius
Karan Mahajan and Amitava Kumar
Karan Mahajan’s new novel The Association of Small Bombs explores the profound effects terrorism can have on a family and a community. One of the most celebrated novels of the year, the book has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times, which named...
May 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St.
New York NY 10001
TURNING YOUR REAL LIFE INTO FICTION: A NOVEL WORKSHOP
Helen Wan
Four sessions 6-8pm: Wed 5/11, Tues 5/24, Tues 5/31, Tues 6/7. No class 5/17. Fees & Payment Options: Full class tuition: $325 General / $300 Members Full payment due before first class. Deposit: $80 General / $75 Members Try out the first class and see what you think! Just pay...
May 11, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Intro to Islamophobia and Xenophobia
Deepa Iyer, YaliniDream, Hina Shamsi, Aber Kawas
If you’ve been following the Presidential election, you’ve heard Donald Trump call for a database tracking all Muslim Americans and Ted Cruz suggest banning Muslim refugees purely on their religion. While this nativism is not new, dating back to 9/11 and before, these examples show how crucial xenophobia remains for...
May 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Colonial Manifests
John Keene and Naomi Williams
We’re treading the treacherous waters of the Age of Exploration and the history of New World slavery. Guiding your rudder will be two formally adventurous story collections: Dark Room Collective member John Keene’s Counternarratives (named Best of 2015 by Flavorwire, Lambda Literary, LitHub, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine) and...
May 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York New York 11366
Imagined Communities in Indonesia and the Philippines
Leila Chudori, Vicente Rafael and Gina Apostol
Join us for a special night about nationhood, exile, and Southeast Asian history featuring seminal Indonesian novelist Leila Chudori and honoring the late Benedict Anderson. The Jakarta-based Chudori will read from her novel Home, which spans the generation of left dissidents forced into exile by the 1965 killings and Suharto’s...
April 29, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Poets & Writers' Seventh Annual Connecting Cultures Reading
Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan
Join us Poets & Writers’s seventh annual Connecting Cultures reading, featuring: Sara Abdullah, Amber Atiya, Babita Chhetri, Mckendy Fils-Aime, María Guaillazaca, Jacqueline Johnson, Adriana Mora, Sam Rush Dolly, and Sharma K. Sloan. Event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. RESERVE A SEAT! /\ /\ \/\/ \/\/...
April 27, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Women of Color Writing on the Internet
Kate Gavino, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, Mallika Rao, and Esther Wang
Join Kate Gavino with an awesome lineup of emerging writers talking about the challenges, thrills and tribulations of writing as a women of color online. Gavino’s Last Night Reading literary event illustrations have blown up to be a Tumblr sensation. She’ll be joined by Esther Wang, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham,...
April 25, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
Hybrid Details: Honoring Fred Wah
Fred Wah, Wo Chan, Mark Nowak and Jeff Derksen
Poet Fred Wah is a living legend in Canada, but he remains woefully under-read in this country. To remedy that, we’re celebrating Fred’s oeuvre--a jazzy, radical exploration of place and racial hybridity--and the publication of Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962–1991 (Talonbooks 2016). We’ll have Fred himself, on a rare...
April 13, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street , 6th Floor
New York New York 11366
The Map-maker's Colors
Hala Alyan, J. Mae Barizo, Zeina Hashem Beck, Youmna Chlala
In a poem published in The Margins, J. Mae Barizo writes: “And if there was no country [...] there would be no memory, neither an others or one’s own.” Come hear three lyric poets whose new books grapple with the cost and value of remembering a place: Hala Alyan, Zeina...
April 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York
A4 Town Hall
Vt Hung, Jen Hyde, Wei Tchou, and more!
We’re glad to be joining the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Town Hall, a bi-monthly event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! Are you an artist or arts organization who wants to pitch your work, upcoming event, grant, or award in a safe community space? Present your 60-second elevator pitch...
April 5, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
AAWW at AWP—The NEA Turns 50: Celebrating a Half-Century of Support for Literature in America
Amy Stolls, Fiona McCrae, Luis Alberto Urrea, Natasha Trethewey, & Ken Chen
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What do Ralph Ellison, Harper Lee, and John Steinbeck have in common? They were among the first council members of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966 that argued for grants to creative writers. Since then, the NEA has...
April 1, 2016
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
AAWW at AWP—Asian American Caucus
Ken Chen, Sunyoung Lee, & Cathy Linh Che
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* What literary resources are available for Asian American writers? What does it mean to be an Asian writer in the 21st century? This first Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out...
March 31, 2016
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
AAWW at AWP—From the Margins: Literary Magazines Supporting Writers of Color
Jyothi Natarajan, Ron Kavanaugh, Melody Nixon, & Janice Lobo Sapigao
*This event is not held at the Workshop in NY* “It isn’t hard to find writers of color,” Roxane Gay wrote in a 2012 blog post. “All you have to do is read.” In this panel, editors from five literary magazines dedicated to publishing writers often marginalized by the publishing...
March 31, 2016
10:30 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
South Asian Trans-Urbanisms
Somini Sengupta, Githa Hariharan, & Jyothi Natarajan
So, we’re all familiar with the brand of 21st century India: the world’s largest democracy, a burgeoning BRIC economy, and, as one famous campaign slogan described it, India Shining. But what do these promises of possibility look like if you’re one of the subcontinents more marginal inhabitants--say, a poor laborer...
March 28, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St.
New York
Jung Yun in Conversation with Alexander Chee
Jung Yun and Alexander Chee
Do you have some good old fashioned Asian American family baggage? Then join us for a special event at Barnes and Noble and celebrate Jung Yun, who’ll discuss her debut novel Shelter with novelist and AAWW homie Alexander Chee. Jung’s novel has been named one of the most anticipated books...
March 23, 2016
7:00 PM
UES Barnes and Noble
150 E 86th St
New York
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Rajiv Mohabir, and Candice Iloh
  Mic Check! Hosted by poet and formerly undocumented activist Sonia Guinansaca and pin@y transgender queer poet Kay Ulanday Barrett, come through to our first Mouth to Mouth of 2016. Our ongoing open mic series, Mouth to Mouth asks QTPOC and rising migrant artists to step up and share their work...
March 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Asian Classics: Upendranath Ashk’s Falling Walls
Daisy Rockwell, Adamya Ashk, Manjula Padmanabhan, and Manan Ahmed
One of Hindi literature’s most well-known authors (and favorite frenemy of Manto’s), Upendranath Ashk is most well-known for his autobiographical six-volume 1947 novel Girti Divarein or, as translator and artist Daisy Rockwell has named it in her new translation, Falling Walls (Penguin Modern Classics 2015). An accomplished critic and artist,...
March 19, 2016
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St
New York New York 10003
I <3 Paris!
Alexander Chee, Paula Lee, Bo Kyung O’Connor, and Ann Mah
Don your corset, lorgnette, and domino mask and come celebrate long-time AAWW homie Alexander Chee and his critically acclaimed second novel, Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016). Fifteen years in the making and already hitting its fourth printing on its publication date, this operatic novel of performance and...
March 3, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St
New York New York 10003
Archive Seance
NourbeSe Philip and Phinder Dulai
Experimental poets NourbeSe Philip and Phinder Dulai draw on legal decisions, ship records, and other archival materials to engage with the passage of bodies of color across the waters: the dead of the slave trade and South Asian migrants refused entry at port. Don’t miss this special New York appearance...
February 25, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet
Minh-Ha T. Pham, Thuy Linh Tu, and Arabelle Sicardi
Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian American Writers' Workshop Rumi Neely. Susie Bubble. BryanBoy. Asian personal superbloggers dominate the Internet. In Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press, 2015 ), Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the phenomenal...
February 11, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie
Bushra Rehman
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays January 18, 2016 - February 22, 2016 7PM-9PM $375 General / $350 Members Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In this workshop, we...
January 18, 2016
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York NY 10001
NIIC Conference: Shifting Cultures on Immigration, Identity, and Race
Favianna Rodriguez, Tia Oso, Kat Lazo, and Luis Argueta
How are artists and cultural workers shifting our national culture and perceptions towards immigrants and integration? As part of the 2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference, AAWW Executive Director Ken Chen joins Favianna Rodriguez (CultureStrike), Tia Oso (Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Black Lives Matter), Kat Lazo (Race Forward), and filmmaker...
December 15, 2015
12:00 AM
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY NY 11201
Running from History
Mia Alvar, Vu Tran, and Bino Realuyo
In the stories of Mia Alvar and Vu Tran, you can run away from history but you can't escape it. Both authors have been acclaimed by NPR and the New York Times for their debut books that discuss the trauma of transnational migration of the 1960s and ‘70s and the...
December 7, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
From Page to Play
Eric Gamalinda, Alexis Camins, Jennifer Betit Yen and Annette Storckman
Watch a talented cast of actors bring a novel to life! The Workshop is proud to host an exclusive back-to-back staged reading of Eric Gamalinda's The Descartes Highlands, performed by Alexis Camins and Jennifer Betit Yen, Executive Director of the Asian American Film Lab--as well as a new play in progress,...
December 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York New York 10001
Liu Xia Tribute Reading
Antonio Aiello, Nick Flynn, Tina Chang, Ming Di, and Ken Chen
Join us and our friends at Graywolf Press and Pen America Center to celebrate Liu Xia’s Empty Chairs: Selected Poems, translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern. Born in Beijing in 1961, the Chinese painter, photographer, and poet Liu Xia has been under house arrest at her...
December 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Bookcourt
163 Court St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Drunken Boat - UNION
Christine Chia, Rand Richards Cooper, Rachel Hadas, Amanda Lee Koe, Jee Leong Koh, Sabina Murray, Gregory Pardlo, Stephanie Strickland, and Ravi Shankar
Join us to celebrate the release of Union, a new anthology assembled by international literary journal Drunken Boat. Commemorating 50 years of Singaporean independence (as well as the journal’s 15-year anniversary), Union draws out underlying connections between Singapore and the United States, both heterogenous, cosmopolitan democracies. Ravi Shankar, the founding...
November 23, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Love in Imaginary Places: A Night with Europa Editions
Chaitali Sen, Jennifer Tseng, and Gina Apostol
Join us for a night of fraught love and exquisite literary fiction with Jennifer Tseng and Chaitali Sen. Both novelists imagine troubled romantic relationships in vivid settings and are published by Europa Editions, the publisher of Elena Ferrante and Muriel Barbery. Moderated by novelist Gina Apostol, whose novel Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W.W....
November 19, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Lost Histories of World War II
Raghu Karnad, Nikil Saval, and Terese Svoboda
Come hear award-winning authors Raghu Karnad and Terese Svoboda discuss hidden family histories of the Asia theater of World War II. Moderated by N+1 editor Nikil Saval, author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. When Raghu Karnad found three sepia-toned photographs at his grandmother’s house, he learned the...
November 4, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Information Session: The Margins Fellowship & Open City Project Grants
the editors of The Margins and Open City
  The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for two separate opportunities for emerging Asian American writers: The Margins Fellowship and Open City Project Grants. Come learn more and meet our editors at an information session on Thursday, October 29. About the Fellowships and Grants: The Open City...
October 29, 2015
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Worskhop
112 West 27 Street, Suite 600
New York NY 10001
The Artist, Invented
Luis Francia & Midori Yamamura
Poet and nonfiction writer Luis Francia muses on his most pressing preoccupations: colonial history, contemporary politics, and the arts. Moving between Salman Rushdie's first post-fatwa appearance in the United States to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest in Burma and reaching back to José Rizal’s late-19th century visits...
October 28, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Adopting an Identity
Lee Herrick, Tracy O’Neill, Matthew Salesses, Sung J. Woo, and Shinhee Han
Join us as four authors—Lee Herrick, Tracy O’Neill, Matthew Salesses, Sung J. Woo-  read from new books that grapple with the realities of adoption, broken families, and the journeys we take to find out where we belong. All of their protagonists are adoptees, as well as three of the authors. Moderated by...
October 22, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Prognosis: Capitalism
Deanna Fei, Sandeep Jauhar, and Dora Wang
Do your doctor’s visits remind you of the collected works of Franz Kafka? Did your blood pressure spike when you heard about the pharmaceutical CEO who raised the price of an AIDS pill from $13.50 to $750? Well, come hear memoirists Deanna Fei, Sandeep Jauhar, and Dora Wang discuss how...
October 7, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Launch Party for Moustafa Bayoumi
Moustafa Bayoumi & Zohra Saed
Moustafa Bayoumi's first book, How Does It Feel to Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin Press 2008), became an instant classic: a primer to help understand life after September 11th. The book offered an intimate portrait of Arab youth in Brooklyn, who experienced Islamophobic racism and...
October 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Sense & Sense-making: A Roundtable on Im/migration & Literary Imaginations
Meena Alexander, Ken Chen, Chong Chon-Smith, Kyoo Lee, Min Jin Lee, Wendy Lee, and Patricia Park
A CUNY "Mapping Asian American New York" faculty seminar, this roundtable will discuss the links between writing and migration. Organized by CUNY Associate Professor of Philosophy Kyoo Lee, this event will feature Asian American writers and intellectuals discussing the spatiotemporal “sparks” of imagination that push forward narrative and document cross-cultural...
September 25, 2015
4:00 PM
Roosevelt House, Hunter College CUNY
47-49 E 65th St,
New York NY 10065
Poetry & Politics II
David Mura, Monica Sok, Aimee Suzara, & Cathy Linh Che
The poems of David Mura, Monica Sok, and Aimee Suzara delve into the darker reaches of history: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the mass killing of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge, and the exhibition of Filipinos at the 1904 World’s Fair. We begin our second installment...
September 24, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
MARGINS FELLOWS READING
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Wo Chan, Alexander Chee, Muna Gurung, Meera Nair & Jennifer Tamayo
For more than twenty years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has incubated emerging writers of color, including such writers as Cathy Park Hong, Tina Chang, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Last year, we created an utterly new fellowship that grants publication opportunities, cash, work space, and a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts: The Margins Fellowship.
September 22, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Ghost Politics
Eka Kurniawan and Annie Tucker
One of Indonesia’s most prominent novelists, Eka Kurniawan has been likened to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison and named the successor to Indonesia national novelist Pramaoedya Ananta Toer by none other than Benedict Anderson. Join us to celebrate the English language debut—and a rare stateside appearance—of a great world...
September 21, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Heroine vs. City
Patricia Park, Alex Kleeman, & Anelise Chen
The woman protagonists of Patricia Park and Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novels are contemporary, cosmopolitan, and unlike any heroines you’ve met before. Take Korean American orphan Jane Re, the bodega worker-turned-Brooklynite nanny of her novel Re Jane. The book features a parentless child and a scandalous love affair, but Patricia reboots...
September 16, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Monsters and Madmen, Heroes and Humans: Character Design Class
Wendy Xu and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  One afternoon session, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday, September 12 Fee: $20 Class limit 15 people What makes a character? Is it their favorite snack, their bushy eyebrows, their relationship with their mom, their all black wardrobe? Come spend Saturday, September 12 building a character from the ground up. We’ll...
September 12, 2015
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, Suite 600
New York NY 10001
The Empire Strikes India & China: Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh
Location: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Doors open at 6:30 PM. It’s 1839 and China and Great Britain stand on the brink of the First Opium War. By the time it’s over, the Western powers will have torched the Emperor’s summer palace, legalized the Opium trade...
September 10, 2015
7:00 PM


Claiming Space in Mystery: Writing Workshop
Steph Cha
One evening session, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8 Fee: $25 Class limit 15 people Whodunnit? Your instinctual answer might be stuffy British aristocrats and their shady butlers, but a good detective knows to look beyond the usual suspects. This mystery-writing workshop considers crime fiction in a new light....
September 8, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Anti-Nationalism Day!
Chaya Babu, Muna Gurung, Amitava Kumar, Hari Kunzru, and Swati Khurana
For the final event in the Post-Midnight series, guest curator the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is throwing a rather unusual holiday: Anti-Nationalism Day. An invented holiday meant to humorously rebut India's Independence Day on August 15th, Anti-Nationalism Day will feature poets and writers reading newly written pieces in response...
August 30, 2015
3:00 PM
Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens NY 11368
Daughters of Brooklyn
Tanwi Nandini Islam, Naomi Jackson, and Nadia Q. Ahmad
Join us for an evening featuring Tanwi Nandini Islam and Naomi Jackson, whose debut novels share a setting in Brooklyn, home to so many families who call somewhere else home. Born to immigrant parents, Islam's and Jackson’s heroines wrestle with competing cultural messages, gender norms, and a poignant sense of placelessness,...
August 13, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
Poetry & Politics I
Wing Tek Lum, Vikas Menon, & Sarah Gambito
Calling all poets and politicos! You are hereby requested to drop by our first installation of our Poetry & Politics series featuring Wing Tek Lum and Vikas Menon and MCed by Sarah Gambito. In 1937, the Japanese army invaded the then capital of China--the city of Nanjing--and over the next...
July 27, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
The #Good?Muslim?Bad?Muslim Podcast, Live from New York!
Taz Ahmed, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Navdeep Tucker & DJ Rekha
Join us for an evening of conversation and laughter as the quirky yet controversial duo of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast record a live show for their next episode from the heart of the Big Apple. Stay tuned as co-hosts Zahra Noorbakhsh and Taz Ahmed declare fatwas, creep sharia and hand out Good...
July 23, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kay Barrett & Jess X Chen, Hosted by Shinji Moon & Sonia Guiñansaca
Calling all poets, writers, musicians, and comedians who want to share their work with the community! After a brief hiatus, we are back with our Mouth-to-Mouth open mic series, a safe space for forging new art and communities. We’ve seen emerging writers and established authors, sparked book deals, and provided...
July 11, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Comics & Graphic Vignettes – From Scribble to Strip
Wendy Xu and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
One afternoon session, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday, July 11 Fee: $20 Class limit 15 people Whether you feel superhuman or just super human, come draw your story at this workshop. We’ll explore the history of Asian American comic and graphic novel artists, then jump into the creative process ourselves. From...
July 11, 2015
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York NY 10001
EXCAVATING "NEW" PHILIPPINE MYTHS - Kuwento: Lost Things
Anna Alves, Sarah Gambito, Jessica Hagedorn, & Melissa R. Sipin
Join us for a special event celebrating a new anthology of Filipino myths: Kuwento: Lost Things. We’ll hear from three contributors from the anthology: Anna Alves, PhD student in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark; Sarah Gambito, cofounder of Kundiman; and Melissa R. Sipin, co-editor of Kuwento). Moderated by acclaimed...
July 9, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Reading For Nepal
Prajwal Parajuly, Mira Jacob, Muna Gurung, Tuelo Minah, and more
The Nepal earthquake in April was one of the deadliest natural disasters to strike the country. It laid waste to whole villages, took the life of more than 8,000 people, and injured almost 20,000. In May, a second earthquake struck, setting back relief work and demoralizing Nepalis right when the...
June 4, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York New York 10001
Craysians 101: A Poetry Workshop for Weirdos
Sally Wen Mao
Four evening sessions, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. : Wednesday, May 27 Thursday, May 28 Tuesday, June 2 Wednesday, June 3 Fees & Payment Options: Full: $180 (discount beginning 5-26) Full payment due before first class Deposit: $85 Deposit due by first class. Remainder due by Tuesday, June 2 Outsiders, rebels, and...
May 27, 2015
12:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
METROPOLE IV: LOVE AND FAMILY IN TAIWAN AND HAWAII
Julie Wu and Cecily Wong
Taiwan and Hawaii sit on the opposite sides of the Pacific, but these two islands serve as hubs of migration from the rest of Asia and to the United States--as you and your family may know from personal experience! Treat yourselves to a reading on Saturday, May 23 featuring two...
May 23, 2015
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Writers-In-Progress: Fiction Writing Workshop
Bill Cheng
***This class is now full*** Seven Fridays from May 22 to July 3, 2015, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Fees & Payment Options: Full: $350 General / $300 Members Full payment due before first class. Deposit: $100 General / $85 Members Deposit due before first class. Remainder due by Friday, June...
May 22, 2015
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
War and Laughter
Alex Gilvarry, Viet Nguyen and Gina Apostol
Join us as writers Alex Gilvarry and Viet Nguyen read novels that laugh in the darkness of American empire, whether it’s the Vietnam War or the War on Terror.
May 5, 2015
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
LEAVING & RETURNING TO CHINA
Alan Chin, Suzanne Ma, Val Wang, and Wah-Ming Chang
So if China’s going to be the capital of the 21st Century, what does it mean to leave this new metropole or come back? Photographer Alan Chin and writers Suzanne Ma and Val Wang, moderated by Wah-Ming Chang, touch upon what it means to immigrate from China and what it means...
April 27, 2015
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Dissent Spring 2015 Launch: Border Crossings
Vivek Bald, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jack Tchen, Minh-Ha T. Pham, and Michelle Chen
We are joining teams with Dissent Magazine to celebrate the launch of the magazine's Spring issue, “Border Crossings,” featuring a discussion with Vivek Bald, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jack Tchen, and Minh-Ha T. Pham, moderated by Michelle Chen. The panel will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp. To read Dissent’s Spring issue for...
April 22, 2015
7:00 PM
Local 61
61 Bergen St
Brooklyn NY 11201
SOUTH ASIAN ODYSSEYS
Tania James, Amit Chaudhuri, and Durba Mitra
Join us as we travel from the protected forest lands of South India to the inner life of a wandering Desi urbanite in London. Tania James’s lyrical new novel The Tusk That Did the Damage portrays the tense and complicated politics at Kavanar Wildlife Park, where bull elephants trample visitors, find themselves studied...
April 16, 2015
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
AAWW at AWP! Mapping New Territories: Diasporic Writers from Regions of Conflict
Kazim Ali, Hayan Charara, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Ken Chen, Mong-Lan
The AAWW at the 2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair! In the last few years, we've seen a rise in global conflicts (the protests in Cairo during Arab Spring and self-immolation of Tibetan monks in China). Diasporic writers, such as Asian and Arab American writers, have had a profound and conflicted...
April 10, 2015
10:30 AM
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 200 B&C, Level 2 F143
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55403
Belladonna/AAWW Reading
Betsy Fagin, Cathy Park Hong, Michael Leong, and Dorothy Tse
We join forces with feminist poetry collective Belladonna for a night of surrealist and experimental writing by Betsy Fagin, Cathy Park Hong, Michael Leong, and Dorothy Tse, who is visiting from Hong Kong. Founded at Bluestockings in 1999, Belladonna has showcased over 200 writers internationally, who all share an intense desire to be...
April 2, 2015
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Undocupoets Petition Reading
Wo Chan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jennifer Tamayo, and Javier Zamora. Hosted by Christopher Soto.
Did you know that many writing contests require you to be a US citizen? While this requirement may initially seem benign, these contests end up excluding millions of writers of color from applying every year. More than ten million migrants a year are explicitly barred from submitting to both artists...
March 27, 2015
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
GRANTA INDIA LAUNCH
Ian Jack, Amitava Kumar, Hari Kunzru and Kalpana Narayanan
When journalist Ian Jack first visited India in 1976, he found steam locomotives, a sluggish economy, and a national literature that had been largely written by outsiders--say, J.G. Farrell, E.M. Forster, or Larry Collins. In the last few decades, Indian writing has boomed: consider the rise of Arundhati Roy, Salman...
March 26, 2015
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Love, Time Travel, and Your Desi Family
Mira Jacob, Sandip Roy, and Tanwi Nandini Islam
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by hearing two debut novelists—Mira Jacob and Sandip Roy—read about time-hopping stories about love, grief, and the complications of the South Asian immigrant family. Mira Jacob’s The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing begins when Amina--30-ish and single—flies home to New Mexico to visit her South Indian parents: her...
February 19, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York New York 10001
ON NOT BREAKING YOUR HEART DURING THE APOCALYPSE
Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Emily St. John Mandel
Sure, the end of the world is nigh, but then what? Two award-winning writers—Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Emily St. John Mandel—read books about the hopeful depths and consolations offered by art and spirituality after the apocalypse. In Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven, a viral pathogen has killed 99%...
February 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York New York 10001
POETRY POETRY III
Kimiko Hahn, Nicole Sealey, and Charif Shanahan
Hailed as "one of the most fascinating female poets of our time" (BOMB), Kimiko Hahn reads from her new poetry collection with emerging poets Nicole Sealey and Charif Shanahan. At the intersection of neuroscience and classical Japanese aesthetics, Kimiko’s new book Brain Fever meditates on the nature of the human...
December 16, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street
New York New York 10001
THE COUNTERCULTURALISTS IV: SPACES + SUBCULTURES
Charlie Ahearn, Yasmin Ramirez, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Humera Afridi, Tanwi Nandini Islam
People of color make up almost 70% of New York, but ethnic neighborhoods, like Manhattan's Chinatown, are sometimes seen as exotic, abject spaces. What if we thought of them instead as alternative publics—spaces that disrupt the territorial edges of the rest of the city? For the Asian American Writers' Workshop's final...
December 9, 2014
7:00 PM
University Settlement
184 Eldridge (at Rivington)
New York New York
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant-garde of One
Thomas Beard, Christian Hawkey, Myung Mi Kim, Amy Hollywood, Crystal Parikh, Jennifer Firestone, Tonya Foster, Alison Roh Park
December 4th, 2014 DATE CHANGE: December 5, 2014 LOCATION: Dumbo Sky 10 Jay Street, #903 Brooklyn, NY 11201 Some thirty years after her sudden death, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's work remains a force in the fields of visual arts, avant-garde poetry, and feminist theory. From her early scholarship on French...
December 5, 2014
7:00 PM
TBD
TBD
New York
THE COUNTERCULTURALISTS II: REBELS + BOHEMIANS
Urayoán Noel, Carolina González, Manan Ahmed
The second event in The Asian American Writers' Workshop's Counterculturalists series highlights some of the rebels and bohemians of color who are often erased from histories of the left and the avant-garde. Watch a clip from American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, the new documentary film about 98-year-old Detroit-based...
December 3, 2014
6:00 PM
El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave
New York New York
POETRY POETRY II: Claudia Rankine, Hoa Nguyen, Rigoberto Gonzalez
Claudia Rankine, Hoa Nguyen, Rigoberto Gonzalez
“The world is wrong…. Who did what to whom on which day? ... Did I hear what I think I heard? Did that just come out of my mouth, his mouth, your mouth?” So writes Claudia Rankine in her new book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press 2014), just short-listed...
November 14, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6FL
New York New York 10001
The Poem and Social Space: AAWW at Facing Race
Ken Chen, Lupe Mendez, Janine Joseph, Randall Horton
The poem can mobilize us in a social space, the poet Myung Mi Kim tells us. Taking that cue, how do we consciously use poetry to that end? How do we embed writing into the social justice process, and have it enter new spaces?Presenters will begin with a discussion of...
November 14, 2014
1:45 PM
Hilton Anatole
2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas TX
WHERE POC BEATS MFA: CELEBRATING VONA
Elmaz Abinader, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Mai Perkins, and Seve Torres
So you read Junot Díaz’s essay MFA vs. POC, but did you know that it was originally published in a special anthology of work by writers of color? Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA), a vital nonprofit for writers of color...
November 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York City
Awesome Poets Night: Jenny Zhang, Wendy Xu, Monica Mody, and Monica McClure
Jenny Zhang, Wendy Xu, Monica Mody, and Monica Mcclure
Oh hey, we found your TO DO list: 1) Travel to the colony of world travelers. 2) Code-switch. 3) Get vulnerable and fluctuate. 4) Come to our wild reading with some of our favorite emerging poets: Jenny Zhang, Wendy Xu, Monica Mody, and Monica McClure. Rookie contributor Jenny Zhang--possibly the...
November 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Crimes and Modernities
Fuminori Nakamura, K. Anis Ahmed, Naeem Mohaiemen, Midori Yamamura
In Fuminori Nakamura's story of photography and murder in Last Winter We Parted and K. Anis Ahmed's exploration of the regimes, politics, and property in The World in My Hands, we follow two writer protagonists as they navigate dark world where politics, crime, and existential doubt collide. This is a...
November 4, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Sri Lanka: Beyond an Uncivil Season
Rohini Mohan, Indran Amirthanayagam, Leslie Jamison, Somini Sengupta
Come chomp on some Sri Lankan food as we ask, What happens in the aftermath of a three-decade long war? It’s a question at the center of Rohini Mohan’s new book, The Seasons of Trouble. The result of five years of reporting and research, her devastating and beautifully written account closes in...
November 1, 2014
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6FL
New York NY 10001
Asian Americana: The Invention of the Model Minority Stereotype
Ellen D. Wu
You know the "model minority" story: Asian Americans as assimilated, professional, quiet. Ellen Wu's new book The Color of Success shows that this wasn't just a chance myth, but a concerted effort of liberal journalists, government officials, and scientists to create a narrative to combat and control the black liberation...
October 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
WHO WE BE: A NEAR HISTORY OF RACIAL COUNTERCULTURE
Jeff Chang, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Prashad, Ayesha Siddiqi, Jay Smooth, Sonia Guiñansaca, and Hank Willis Thomas
Hey Fam. You gotta drop whatever you're doing and come celebrate Jeff Chang's new book Who Who Be: The Colorization of America. The author of Can't Stop: Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff now presents a recent cultural history of American race in Who We Be. We're...
October 28, 2014
7:00 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd St
New York NY 10009
The Body Vietnam
Lan Cao, Paul Tran
The body carries memory, trauma, war, escape, repression. To excavate it is a political act. Lan Cao's new novel, The Lotus and the Storm, pulls the viewer back and forth between contemporary America and the war in Vietnam, following a family as they uncover truths about the atrocities there. Paul Tran...
October 24, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Crushes and Mountains
Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya
Canadian-based artists Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya celebrate the publication of their new books, 100 Crushes and She of the Mountains, with queer prayers, songs, films, and readings. We're co-hosting the event at Barnard College.
October 21, 2014
7:00 PM
Barnard College – James Room 4th FL
3009 Broadway
New York 10027
Boat, Passage
Luis H. Francia, Jennifer Hayashida, Efren Cruzada, Kevin Estrada
Hamlet, The Beatles, the LA Rebellion, the War in Iraq: Luis H. Francia's new book, Tattered Boat, moves across his many interests with a careful and confident eye. Poet, translator, and activist Jennifer Hayashida will parse the poems and politics.  Francia will also be joined on stage by two younger poets...
October 14, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Metropole III: Karachi Crossroads
Sadia Shepard, Bilal Tanweer, Durba Mitra
Among the many characters in The Scatter Here Is Too Great, Bilal Tanweer's new novel, is the city of Karachi itself: its diverse, thriving population. The episodic novel follows a series of characters and voices after a bomb goes off at Karachi Cantt station.  Sadia Shepard will show an excerpt of her gorgeous film cycle The Other...
October 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York NY
Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie
Bushra Rehman
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays from October 6- November 10, 2014, 7PM-9PM at AAWW Fee: $275 General/$250 AAWW Members Deposit: $50 General Deposit/$40 Members Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In...
October 6, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
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Open Mic: Burqa Project Edition
Ayesha Akhtar
AAWW’s open mic series provides a safe space to forge new art and communities. We’ve seen unpublished writers and legendary authors, sparked book deals, and hosted comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. Featured presenter Ayesha Akhtar will break down The Burqa Project, in which she asks men...
September 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
The Popular is Political
Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee
You love the sound of "Blurred Lines" but hate the words. You're troubled by The Help. Where do feminism and diversity fit into this crazy world of pop culture? Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist doesn't offer up definitive answers, it provokes us into conversation. Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and the great blog Koreanish, joins her on...
September 22, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York NY
Blind Musicians and The Peshawar Bazaar
Kamila Shamsie, Hari Kunzru
Hari Kunzru has gone digital with his multimedia essay “Twice Upon a Time” for the Atavist. The Atavist is going print with their first paper book, Kamila Shamsie's A God in Every Stone. Kunzru's essay is a take on New York through music and memory, with the sounds of the blind musician Moondog....
September 18, 2014
7:00 PM
McNally Jackson
52 Prince St
New York NY 10012
These Sacred Bones
R.A. Villanueva, Janine Joseph, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, John Murillo, Patrick Rosal, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Part religious meditation, part pop culture, R.A. Villanueva's Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning debut Reliquaria uses the body as a starting point for everything else. AAWW is toasting the launch of his book with a stellar lineup of poets presenting their work with him. Award-winning performance poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will emcee the...
September 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Dumbo Sky
10 Jay St, #903
Brooklyn New York
Ships, Blood, Fire, Diaspora
Kalyan Ray, Siddhartha Mitter
Kalyan Ray's sweeping new novel, No Country, takes us back to the height of the colonial era and to the present, using a network of characters to understand the South Asian diaspora. We begin in 19th Century Ireland, tracing families to Calcutta, New York, from 1843 to the present. Throughout,...
September 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Presence and Poetry
Dorothy J. Wang, Sarah Gambito, Ken Chen
Do we read white poets the same way we do poets of color? Dorothy J. Wang’s Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, And Subjectivity In Contemporary Asian American Poetry calls for a radical rethinking of how we read American poetry. Writers of color are seen as secondary to those who are...
August 26, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Apogee Journal, DarkMatter, Christopher Soto
Mouth to Mouth is AAWW’s open mic series. We provide a safe space to forge new art and communities. We’ve seen unpublished writers and legendary authors, sparked book deals, and hosted comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. DarkMatter is a queer South Asian performance and literary arts duo made up of Alok...
August 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Ghost Month Night Market
Ed Lin
At the start of Ed Lin's Ghost Month, a young man finds that his ex-girlfriend has been murdered. Turns out she was working as a "betel nut beauty": one of the scantily-clad women who stand by roadsides selling the snacks to truck drivers. AAWW is setting the scene for Lin's book at the start...
August 1, 2014
6:00 PM
Taipei Cultural Center
1 East 42nd Street, 7th Floor
New York NY
BDS: What It Means for Artists
BDS Arts Coalition, Remi Kanazi, Hannah Mermelstein, and Josh MacPhee
In 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations called on people around the world to join a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and ends its occupation of Palestinian land.  While prominent musicians and filmmakers have publicly supported BDS,...
July 31, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Ai Weiwei: The Seed
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Jessica Chen, Jason Kao Hwang, Adriel Luis, Kit Yan
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai's Ai Weiwei: The Seed is a live music, video, dance and spoken word piece exploring the roots of Ai Weiwei's political consciousness and emergence as one of the world's foremost artists and thinkers. "Ai Weiwei: The Seed" tracks the artist's life from his childhood in exile with his political poet father Ai Qing to his formative decade in...
July 24, 2014
7:30 PM
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn
Shahnameh, Order, and Myth
Porochista Khakpour and Hamid Rahmanian
T.S. Eliot said that re-purposing myth was "a step toward making the modern world possible for art." He didn't know it could take forms as wondrous, colorful, and quirky as in the work of Porochista Khakpour and Hamid Rahmanian, who both updated tales from the Shahnameh, the Book of Kings. Khakpour's...
July 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York ---select one--- 10001
The Favorite Daughter
Celeste Ng, Catherine Chung
Mystery, immigrant narrative, family drama, coming of age story: Celeste Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You blends and transcends genre. The novel starts with the death of a young woman and turns into a family's process of discovery. AAWW celebrates the book's launch with Greenlight Books. Long-time AAWW friend Catherine Chung (author of Forgotten...
July 9, 2014
7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn NY 11238
One Foot in Chinatown
Jean Kwok, Annie Ling
Is Chinatown a ghetto, an enclave, an opportunity, an obligation? If it was home once, is it always? Jean Kwok's new novel, Mambo in Chinatown, tells the story of a young woman hitting the ballroom scene while holding onto her family and the neighborhood she knows. She celebrates its release with a reading at AAWW....
June 24, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Franny Choi, Ed Lin, Jen Kwok
  Franny Choi's debut book just came out, and comedienne Jen Kwok and novelist Ed Lin are throwing down an open mic to celebrate. Called a "a beautiful, fearlessly loaded weapon” by Ed Bok Lee, Choi's Floating, Brilliant, Gone leads readers through the complex landscapes of absence, memory, and identity. Franny...
June 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Tarnishing Singapore
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Damon Chua, Colin Goh, moderated by Hirsh Sawhney
Singapore is known for order, safety, cleanliness. Singapore Noir, a new book edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, breaks us of that image. Join us for stories of geomancy, gambling, fisheries, and femmes fatales by Tan and contributors Damon Chua and Colin Goh. Moderated by Hirsh Sawhney (editor of Delhi Noir). Presented by the Asian American...
June 12, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Screening and Salon: Who is Dayani Cristal?
Lina Srivastava, Sarnata Reynolds, moderated by Michele Wucker
In recognition of World Refugee Day, this World Policy Salon brings together the film’s producers and immigration experts for a discussion of the ecosystem of global migration issues in the award-winning film Who is Dayani Cristal?  Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora Desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a...
June 11, 2014
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
The 2014 AAWW Publishing Conference
Min Jin Lee, Alexander Chee, Jay Caspian Kang, Tayari Jones, Jin Auh, Kirby Kim, Jacqueline Ko, Shaun Dolan, Robert Guinsler, and many more
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. It's hard to know where to start, especially if you've got a full-time job or are raising...
June 8, 2014
12:00 PM
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn NY
Love in 1980s Korea
Kyung-sook Shin
When Kyung-sook Shin released Please Look After Mom in 2009, it was an international sensation, selling some two million copies. Her seventh novel, I’ll Be Right There, is a coming-of-age story set in South Korea’s turbulent 1980s. Her work explores the intersections of family duty, romance, and historical upheaval, marked by sparse prose and intense,...
June 5, 2014
6:30 PM
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue, 8th floor
New York
Debut Ball: Reading, Pinata, Dance
Sally Wen Mao, R.A. Villanueva, Tarfia Faizullah, Cathy Linh Che
2014 will go down as an historic year for poetry. We're feting Sally Wen Mao's debut Mad Honey Symposium. Dave Eggers likes its "gritty, world-wise sense of humor that gives her work heavyweight swagger.” Also just released: Cathy Linh Che's Split, a tender exploration of  war, diaspora, and violence, and Tarfia Faizullah's Seam, based on interviews with women...
May 30, 2014
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Noir, Neon, Karaoke, Crime
Henry Chang
Come for the drink specials, Wong Kar-wai-esque neon lighting, and writer Henry Chang reading from his new book Death Money. Stay for the karaoke. Part of Chang's Detective Jack Yu series, Death Money takes us from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to...
May 15, 2014
6:30 PM
Asia Roma
40 Mulberry Street
New York NY
The Margins and Open City Fellowships - Information Session
the editors of The Margins and Open City
In case you missed it, we're now accepting applications for two different fellowships at AAWW associated with our online magazines, Open City and The Margins.
May 8, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Metropole II: Rats and Comedy
Amitava Kumar, Uday Prakash, Valeria Luiselli, Jason Grunebaum moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Sometimes the only way into the heart of a city, with its layers of history and teeming populace, is through the overlooked detail, the back-alley tale, the surreal. In A Matter of Rats, Amitava Kumar offers a sensitive portrait of his hometown Patna, using city's rat infestation as a entry...
May 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
Metropole I: Old Colony, New Capital
Rana Dasgupta, Teju Cole
Two writers explore metropolises they have known for years, finding them changed, expanding, dangerous, lively. Rana Dasgupta’s Capital: The Eruption of Delhi takes a personal, journalistic account of the deep contradictions in the expanding city, from its new billionaires to the slums surrounding them. In Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole’s...
May 3, 2014
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
On The Edge: Readings from the Asian/Pacific American Avant-garde
April Naoko Heck, Tarfia Faizullah, Luis H. Francia, and Hieu Minh Nguyen, moderated by Ken Chen
As part of the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival and NYU Literary Mews, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents a reading of avant-garde Asian/Pacific American writing that is on the edge. Challenging distinctions between genre and form, these texts push the boundaries of literature, poetry, and history to defy categorization....
May 2, 2014
3:30 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York
Twins and Pop Stars
Tom Cho, Eugene Lim
Meet a grandma named Bruce, an occasional Godzilla, and Whitney Houston's bodyguard/lover.  Tom Cho's Look Who’s Morphing was published to acclaim in Australia and shortlisted for multiple literary awards—including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book—and has been studied at universities in Canada, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Japan. It is finally...
April 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Take a Stand for Free Expression in China
Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Ha Jin, Alison Klayman, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel
On the occasion of Ai Weiwei's retrospective opening at the Brooklyn Museum, Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Ha Jin, Alison Klayman, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel will read writing and testimonials from Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, and  Ilham Tohti in support of freedom expression in China. Follow and tweet your support...
April 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn NY 11238
Damaged Good
Akhil Sharma, Renato Rosaldo, moderated by Catherine Barnett
Suffering doesn't make us noble, but it forces itself into our lives anyway. Akhil Sharma reads from his new book Family Life, some thirteen years in the making. Sharma uses precise prose to create moments of intense pain, duty, and revelation as a young boy and his family learn to live through a wrenching...
April 9, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Connecting Cultures with Poets & Writers, Inc.
Timothy DuWhite, Sania Khan, Veda Kumarjiguda, A. Lyric, Charleen McClure, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Cindy “Black Angel” Peralta, and April Ranger
This year's cross-cultural reading features writers who have been funded through Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops Program, representing the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Robleswrites, and Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon. Writers will be introduced by Nadia Ahmad, JP Howard, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and more! For...
April 3, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Bangladesh: 1,000 Words
Celina Su, Wah-Ming Chang, Meera Nair, Sunil Yapa, Sunu Chandy, Alaudin Ullah, Faheem Haider, Jordan Alam, & friends
"I don't want to be your icon of poverty/ Or a sponge for your guilt" wrote photographer and poet Shahidul Alam. This is one of the driving sentiments behind the exhibition Eyes On Bangladesh, which showcases the work of nine noted Bengali photographers together in New York City for the...
March 29, 2014
6:00 PM
Soundview Broadcasting
36-01 37th Ave
Long Island City NY 11101
Hawai'i Creole
Gail N. Harada, Ann Inoshita, Lisa Linn Kanae, Juliet S. Kono, Christy Passion, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama
The writers of Bamboo Ridge Press draw on Native Hawaiian, Japanese, and Standard English to craft a hybrid poetry that reflects the history and culture of their islands. Join us for a rare chance to hear six of these poets read in New York. Four will read from their collective...
March 27, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Movement and Meter
Luis Francia, Esther Wang, Zohra Saed, Fay Chiang, Alison Roh Park, and Jen Hayashida
they want me to settle down when I have not yet lived – Frances Chung The struggle was everywhere during the 1970s Asian American Movement. In between rallies, volunteer health services, and radical study groups, many activists sat down to write poetry. On the final night of the exhibition Serve...
March 23, 2014
5:00 PM
Interference Archive
131 8th St #4
Brooklyn NY 11215
No Freedom for the Enemy
Arun Kundnani and Amos Toh
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy.” Undercover officers and informants have spied on 30 mosques in New York alone, and counter-terrorism agents have a file on every Moroccan taxi driver in the city. Based on several years of research and reportage from Texas and New York to Yorkshire, The Muslims are Coming! by...
March 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Extended: The Seventeenth Annual Asian American Literary Awards
All of Your Favorite Asian American Authors
The Annual Asian American Literary Awards honor Asian American writers for excellence in three categories: (1) fiction,(2) poetry, and (3) nonfiction. Literary awards recipients are determined by a national panel of judges who are selected on the basis of expertise in a literary genre and/or experience in academic environments relevant...
March 14, 2014
12:00 AM


All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Renata Marinaro
Are you a freelance/self-employed writer, journalist, photographer, artist, or producer without health insurance? Do you have questions about how the NY Health Insurance Exchange works and how to sign up before the March 31st deadline? Come to a free informational session hosted by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, South Asian...
February 25, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, #600
New York NY 10001
Swimming in Dystopia
Chang-rae Lee and Catherine Chung
Chang-rae Lee's new novel On Such A Full Sea is what you might call a post-post-apocalyptic novel. The world has already ended, the environment already ravaged beyond belief. And that’s when things get interesting. The novel follows Fan, a diminutive fishtank diver and descendant from the settlers from New China,...
February 20, 2014
6:30 PM
Chambers Fine Art
522 West 19th Street (between 10th and 11th Aves)
New York NY 10011
Mothers & Others
Catherine Chung, Mai Der Vang, & Dina Nayeri
Blood is thicker than water, but this has never stopped intra-family drama. Join us for an evening of conversation with Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country), Mai Der Vang (How do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology), and Dina Nayeri (A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea) about history, separations and schisms,...
February 6, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Language and the Inner Life
Rabih Alameddine and Youmna Chlala
We suspect that you, like us, have a rich inner life, and never get tired of traipsing its landscape. Join us on the 30th if you carry a portrait of Emily Dickinson in your heart, and have a soft spot for introverts and writers who are obsessed with the power...
January 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St
New York NY
The Interdependent Self: A Reading & Conversation
Ruth Ozeki & Gish Jen
This event is sold out! To hear about future programs first, sign up for our mailing list. How do you make sense of something that's always shifting? Identity and self-definition are perpetually in flux -- writer/reader, past/future, fiction/reality, linear/cyclical, maker/made are treated as dichotomies, but these writers illustrate that each is...
January 8, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Sex, Love, and Scandal: A Reading & Conversation
Indira Ganesan, Shereen El Feki, & Timothy Liu
Days are short; nights are long and cold. We're entering prime cozying-up season. (In other words: there's a good reason so many babies are born in September.) Please join us for an evening of readings and talk about what really drives humankind and its literary documentarians: love, sex, and all...
December 17, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Second Settlements
Chee Malabar, Amitava Kumar, Daisy Rockwell, Tanuj Chopra, & Dax-Devlon Ross
An evening of film, art, literature, and music, Second Settlements features artists whose work arises out of a necessity to resettle spaces, both real and imagined. Second Settlements is an exploration of places and experiences long lived out by the artists, that still weigh heavily in their creative work. In the work of each of...
December 14, 2013
8:00 PM
Gowanus Loft
61 9th Street
Brooklyn 11215
KAYA NATIN! (We CAN DO THIS!):  Filipino American Writers' Bayanihan Benefit for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Survivors
Jessica Hagedorn, Ninotchka Rosca, Sheila Coronel, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, R.A. Villanueva, Gina Apostol, Bino A. Realuyo, Nita Noveno, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Please join us for a community gathering, literary reading, and book sale in the spirit of Bayanihan, in support of typhoon survivors. Featuring readings and discussion with Jessica Hagedorn, Ninotchka Rosca, Sheila Coronel, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, R.A. Villanueva, Gina Apostol and others. Hosted by Bino A. Realuyo and Nita Noveno. Books...
November 23, 2013
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
An Rong Xu, Ed Lin, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
It's time to bring your words and music-making talents to the stage again. Our Mouth-to-Mouth Open Mic series is back for its best season yet! Polish off the skeletons in the family closet and bring your poems/fiction/songs/comedy the theme of ANCESTORS. Veteran open mic host Ed Lin will master the ceremonies, and special guest...
November 22, 2013
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Decorative Gourd Season: A Poetry Reading with April Naoko Heck, Natalie Diaz, & Ocean Vuong
April Naoko Heck, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, R.A. Villanueva, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
It's Decorative Gourd Season around here, as McSweeney’s famously declared — a time to look back at all the hard work that’s gone into producing the fruits we now collect and devour in gluttonous revelry. To mark the season, we’re inviting poets, writers, and readers alike to join us in...
November 21, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture
Gaiutra Bahadur, SAWCC, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Join us as SAWCC celebrates the publication of Gaiutra Bahadur‘s book Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (U of Chicago Press 2013) in a multimedia evening of text, image, and song. Guyanese are the second largest immigrant group in Queens and among the five largest in New York City, and their story of coming...
November 16, 2013
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Race, Page & Stage: A Youth Theater Intensive
Melissa Reburiano, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop
A FREE youth theater weekend workshop! Friday, November 15, 5 - 7 pm Saturday, November 16, 10 am - 2 pm Sunday, November 17, 10 am - 2 pm Budding dramatists ages 15-18 are invited to apply for this F-R-E-E weekend theater intensive. Race, Page & Stage is a workshop...
November 15, 2013
5:00 PM
Teachers and Writers Collaborative
520 8th Ave, #2020
New York NY 10018
Two Truths & a Lie: Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction Workshop
Bushra Rehman & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
This workshop is full! Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future workshops. Six Mondays, November 11 –December 16, 2013, 7 pm - 9 pm Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship and self-aggrandizement....
November 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Wonder Years: A Reading & Conversation with Evelina Galang & Marina Budhos
Evelina Galang, Marina Budhos, Erica Chutuape, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Being young can be difficult terrain. Awkward human growing pains sometimes coincide with migration and racial difference and family drama. Fortunately, travelers and writers have left maps (in the form of Young Adult literature) at the formative threshold between childhood and grown-upness to help along the path. This becomes even...
November 7, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Better Living Through Chemistry/Biology
Hanya Yanagihara, Kimiko Hahn, Michael Leong, Sangu Iyer, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Join us for an evening of readings and conversation about the biological and chemical sciences as muse for fiction and poetry as you sip a Fountain of Youth Cocktail**. Hanya Yanagihara's novel The People in the Trees explores, among themes of colonization and moral relativism in the social sciences, immortality,...
October 24, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St
New York NY
Guernica and the Brooklyn Public Library's Race in Publishing Discussion Series: Non Fiction Edition
Jamilah King, Kiese Laymon, Ken Chen & Lisa Lucas
You're invited to join as Brooklyn Public Library and Guernica present the first of a series of three discussions on race in publishing. In June, Guernica published a themed issue exploring Race in America, with an investment in helping to create meaningful conversation, broaden our community, and develop actionable steps...
October 10, 2013
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn NY
PAGE TURNER: The AAWW Food and Books Festival
40+ writers and artists
Half indoor block party, half book bash, PAGE TURNER: The AAWW Food and Books Festival is an unforgettable all-day free public fair that’ll bring together more than 40 writers and performers and the best of Brooklyn culinary culture. Drop by Roulette and the YWCA in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday, October...
October 5, 2013
11:00 AM
Roulette / YWCA
3rd Ave & Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn NY
Said is Dead. Long Live Said!
Martin Espada, Chee Malabar, Kade Ellis, Anjali Kamat, Daisy Rockwell, Robyn Spenver, & Manan Ahmed
Ten years after Edward Said’s passing, the financial and ideological crisis in higher education has caused the academy to increasingly retreat into itself. Ten years after Edward Said, it is difficult to find an academic who moves so seamlessly between world, text, and critique; who resists trenchant disciplinary specialization while...
September 27, 2013
7:00 PM
Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY
141 Convent Ave @ 135th Street
New York NY
On the Noodle Road: A Reading & Conversation with Jen Lin-Liu
Jen Lin-Liu, Francis Lam, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Pasta lovers of the world unite: We're celebrating our love for food and travel writing with Jen Lin-Liu’s On The Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta. Jen will cook for us! And read and talk about how she hopped on the Silk Road in an attempt to find...
September 26, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Pink Power: A Reading and Conversation with Amana Fontanella-Khan and Annapurna Potluri
Amana Fontanella-Khan, Annapurna Potluri, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Vikas Bajaj, & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Annapurna Potluri, author of The Grammarian, Amana Fontanella-Khan, author of Pink Sari Revolution, and artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh join us for readings and conversation about women's lives and political power in a fictional India of this time last century and a contemporary world that is grappling with its response to sexual...
September 24, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
The Art & Politics Party: A Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event
Guernica Magazine, CultureStrike, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop
CultureStrike, Guernica Magazine, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop's The Margins invite you to our Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd party. Folks who think political dissidents are cute and overworked editors are sexy should join us to celebrate online publishing, art, politics, and the end of summer. Come to talk to...
September 19, 2013
7:00 PM
Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand St (between Lorimer & Leonard)
Brooklyn NY
Helen Wan Presents The Partner Track
Helen Wan, Anne Ishii & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Helen Wan brings her inside experience at corporate law firms to bear in her new novel The Partner Track, the story of an ambitious young Chinese-American woman who's being groomed to become the first minority female partner at one of the country's most prestigious law firms, until an incident at...
September 16, 2013
7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St
Brooklyn NY 11217
CORONA: An Ode to Bushra Rehman’s Queens
Jaishri Abichandani, Nadia Q. Ahmad, Jennifer Chowdhury, Dulani, Soniya Munshi, and Sa’dia Rehman
We’re singing our praises to Queens! Join Bushra Rehman and friends/writers/artists Jaishri Abichandani, Nadia Q. Ahmad, Jennifer Chowdhury, Dulani, Soniya Munshi, and Sa'dia Rehman for a multi-media, salon-style reading and celebration of Rehman's new novel Corona,which was recently featured in Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction issue. Accompanied by iconic images of Queens, these readers pay tribute to Rehman's lyrical coming-of-age narrative as well as the borough they call home.
September 13, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St, 6th Fl
New York New York 10004
Kollaboration New York 2013 Launch Party
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
Come celebrate with Kollaboration New York as we kick off their official launch party and the premiere of their 2013 music video! With less than two months until one of the most highly-anticipated annual talent competitions of the year, this season’s show includes 10 finalists who have been going through...
September 5, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St, 6th Fl
New York NY 10001
Evil Winds and a Bad Moon: Bill Cheng's "Southern Cross the Dog"
Tyehimba Jess, Imani Uzuri, & Siddhartha Mitter
Come on by as we listen to globally-inspired composer/vocalist Imani Uzuri (whose "gorgeously chesty ruminations" [New York Times] "sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch" [Village Voice]) perform a blues set and Bill Cheng read to us from his bluesy new novel "Southern Cross the Dog." Characterized by...
August 29, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W. 27th St, 6th Fl
New York NY
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
A.X. Ahmad & John-Flor Sisante
We're roaring back with a vengeance! Print out your best prose and bring it to the first AAWW Open Mic of 2013, with hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok. We will be joined by A.X. Ahmad and Open Mic favorite John-Flor Sisante. A.X. Ahmad's debut novel The Caretaker follows ex-Indian...
July 12, 2013
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
Honoring Salman Rushdie
We're presenting Salman Rushdie with our lifetime achievement award
May 6, 2013
6:00 PM
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street
New York NY 10013
Rishi Nath, Humera Afridi, and Sukjong Hong
In partnership with TC's Kappa Delta Pi and the Asian American Writers' Workshop we will host a read-aloud of provocative writings on Immigrants and Class. The creative work of fellows of the Asian American Writers Workshop calls to our attention different circumstances, thoughts, and experiences of Asian immigrants and how it relates to class in...
April 24, 2013
6:00 PM
Columbia Teachers Collge
525 W 120th St
New York NY 10027
Celebrating Vivek Bald's Bengali Harlem at the Schomburg Center
Alaudin Ullah & Himanshu Suri
A book event with theater, film, and community forum presented by afro-latin@ forum, Asian American Writer's Workshop, and the Schombug Center for Research in Black Culture.
April 6, 2013
5:30 PM
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York NY 10030
The Hanging on Union Square by H.T. Tsiang:
Floyd Cheung, Hua Hsu, Soomi Kim, Sunyoung Lee, Nicky Paraiso, & Ken Chen
Pay tribute to H.T. Tsiang's experimental, proletarian novel on Depression-era New York.
March 28, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU Gallery
8 Washington Mews
New York New York
Reading for Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories II
Abeer Hoque, Amitava Kumar, Mohan Sikka, Ranbir Sidhu, & Sheba Karim
Join us at the Aicon Gallery for an evening of literary erotica, sex trivia, and other surprises!
March 27, 2013
7:00 PM
Aicon Gallery
35 Great Jones Street
New York NY 100012
Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto
Anna Khaja, Ramzi Kassem, Manan Ahmed, Madiha Tahir, & Faiza Patel
Writer/performer Anna Khaja sheds light on the historical and political forces surrounding Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while attempting to reunite a nation bitterly divided over the ideals of Islam and democracy. Through the monologues of eight characters that take place in the minutes before...
March 15, 2013
7:30 PM
The Culture Project
45 Bleecker Street
New York NY 10012
AAWW @ 2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair
Francisco Aragón, Harold Augenbraum, Ken Chen, Youmna Chlala, Rigoberto González, Jocelyn Hale, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Jeffrey Lependorf, Mark Nowak, Camille Rankine, Favianna Rodriguez, and Nicole Sealey
Literary administrators of color are still a rarity. Representatives will discuss diversifying the field on a collegial and programmatic level, as well as the retention and recruitment of minority administrators within the literary nonprofit industry, the academy, and beyond. The discussion will be followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.
March 7, 2013
12:00 AM
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton St
Boston MA 02199
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction
Bushra Rehman
Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship and self-aggrandizement. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Through original writing exercises, we will learn literary techniques including character, dialogue, setting and story arc. In our writing, we will draw upon both the truths and lies of our experience because our lives are too rich not to write about and our imaginations are too strong to ignore. All levels of writers are welcome.
March 4, 2013
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, Ste 600
New York NY 10001
Get Fresh Off the Boat
Eddie Huang & Hot 97's DJ Miss Info
Chef Eddie Huang of VICE food travelogue “Fresh Off the Boat” talks about his new memoir of the same name with Hot 97 deejay, Miss Info. Fresh Off the Boat is a true foodie’s journey, taking readers from theme-park America to Baohaus, the East Village Taiwanese street food joint Huang...
February 21, 2013
7:00 PM
Chambers Fine Art
522 W 19th St
New York New York 10011
CANCELLED: Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Aparna Nancherla & Kelly Tsai
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
February 8, 2013
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110 West 27th Street
Manhattan New York 10001
Celebrating Drunken Boat Issue #16
Open City & the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Join Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest e-literary journals, and Open City as they celebrate its 16th issue with special folios on Art, Barry Hannah, Exploration, Fiction, Asian American Urbanisms, Sound Art/Dissonance, Speculative and Trance Poetics. Contributors will read pieces featured in the issue.
January 24, 2013
6:30 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
The AAWW Publishing Conference
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. It's hard to know where to start, especially if you've got a full-time job or are raising...
December 8, 2012
12:00 PM
Daruma Asset Management
80 West 40th Street, 9th Fl.
New York NY 10018
New date: Responding to Disaster in Working-Class New York: Housing and Community After Hurricane Sandy
Jason Chan, Bethany Li, Alisa Pizarro, Damaris Reyes, and Garrett Wright
Join longtime activists, advocates, writers, and photographers to discuss the effects of natural disasters and poverty on low-income communities of color in New York City. Panelists include: Jason Chan, Organizer, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities Bethany Li, Staff Attorney, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Alisa Pizarro, Public Housing Resident...
December 3, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York NY 10003
POSTPONED: The Marvels & Monsters Ball
Museum of Chinese in America & Hyperallergic
Postponed-new date coming soon
October 31, 2012
8:00 PM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
NY NY
Translation Night
Ghassan Zaqtan, Fady Joudah, Jeffrey Yang, Sinan Antoon, & Susan Bernofsky
Join us for a night of translation as we welcome award winning translators and writers: Fady Joudah, Sinan Antoon, Susan Bernofsky, Jeffrey Yang, and Ghassan Zaqtan. Renowned writers in their own right, they will read literature spanning China and Japan to new innovations in Palestinian poetry, including work by  Mahmoud...
October 17, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
NY NY 10001
Tarun Tejpal's The Story of My Assasins @ The Strand Bookstore
Hirsh Sawhney
Tarun Tejpal, founder of Tehelka—India’s leading political magazine, guides us through the corridors of power and into the belly of India’s forgotten underclass in his novel The Story of My Assassins. Recently released in the United States, The Story of My Assassins follows a journalist’s investigation into the plot of...
October 3, 2012
7:00 PM
The Strand
828 Broadway
New York New York 10003-4805
Katie Kitamura's "Gone To the Forest"
Ed Park
“Kitamura’s words are tough, and her characters are tied to the tails of wounded beasts: mother countries, the land itself, and hierarchies both out of steam and out of date...Kitamura makes the end of history— many histories—seem both casual and immediate,” says Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker. Set in...
September 27, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Copy Cats, Frontier States, & Nativist Extremism: Jeff Biggers on the Arizonafication of America
Jeff Biggers, Rinku Sen, Aura Bogado, Felipe Baeza, & Chude Mondlane
American Book Award-winning author Jeff Biggers joins us on the East Coast to report on the situation on the ground of Arizona post- SB 1070. In his new book, State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream, Biggers diagnoses the root of the problem...
September 24, 2012
7:00 PM
Performance Project
184 Eldridge Street
New York New York 10002
Neo-Noir in Grantland
Jay Caspian Kang and Hua Hsu
Much-anticipated for its “fierce, fresh language,” Jay Caspian Kang’s debut novel melds pop culture, sports fandom, and high literature into a trippy neo-noir novel. Join us on for a reading and discussion with Grantland editor Jay Caspian Kang and writer Hua Hsu. Meet Phil Kim- twentysomething MFA grad and online...
September 19, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
NY NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic: Sikh Night
Pushkar Sharma & Cihan Kaan
Long overdue is our salute to Sikh Americans’ contributions to stand-up comedy and spoken word. Jen Kwok and Ed Lin host a night of levity and healing on the inauspicious 9/11. Polish off your jokes and rhymes to join the open mic roll call and showcase your talents. Harnessing socially-conscious...
September 11, 2012
7:30 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
New York New York 10001
Do the Write Thing: A Fiction Writing Workshop
Ed Lin
It's easy to bat around issues about character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, voice and theme (whew!) in terms of writing. But Ed Lin promises to spend as little time as possible talking about those concepts. Lin believes writing is akin to playing a musical instrument that...
September 10, 2012
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27 Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Come Hear Open City Writers Represent in Sunset Park This Saturday!
Anelise Chen, Ed Lin, and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
This Saturday, September 8th from 2-4 PM, join our very own Open City magazine in Brooklyn to hear AAWW homies Ed Lin, Anelise Chen, and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto read new work, as well as a spoken word performance by Buendia, a local grassroots Sunset Park artists collective. Open City is co-hosting...
September 8, 2012
2:00 PM
The Nars Foundation
88 35th Street, 3rd Floor,
Brooklyn NY 11232
(Re)writing History
Gina Apostol & Sabina Murray
Gina Apostol and Sabina Murray, two storytellers, whose works are steeped in history and its fractured retellings, will discuss latest projects, rewriting the past, and stumbling upon new worlds and the same old imperial ones. Join us for a dual reading, where Apostol and Murray will pick each other’s brain...
September 6, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
11 Allen Street: Chinatown Residents Fighting for the Right to Remain in Their Homes
E. Tammy Kim
What: Photographs by E. Tammy Kim documenting the lives of tenants organized through CAAAV. Part of ACF's "OUR HAUS" series on housing and public space. When: August 13 to 19, 2012 @ 11 East 52nd Street, NYC (Austrian Cultural Forum). Opening Wednesday, August 15th, at 6:30 PM. Regular viewing 10...
August 15, 2012
6:30 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York New York 10022
Learn to Write Pop Culture Criticism From a Pro
Hua Hsu
What do MIA, Adam Yauch, Jay Electronica, Christian Hosoi, Rondo, and the Kardashians all have in common? Grantland staff writer and Atlantic magazine regular Hua Hsu has written incisive criticism about all of them. Want to learn to write about your favorite (or most hated) cultural icons? This three-session course...
August 14, 2012
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic: All-Stars Edition
Ed Park, Marissa Lichwick, Henry Chang, Elahe Izadi, & Gibran Saleem
Ed Lin and Jen Kwok are back with an All-Stars Edition of Mouth to Mouth Open Mic! For one night only, we’re bringing you the best of the best—so spectacular that open mic slots are only available by lottery! Will you be the lucky winner of one of the five...
August 10, 2012
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
How to Read Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Charles Yu, Alexander Chee, Ed Park & Anil Menon
What if there were Bangalore call centers, not for tech support, but to outsource your pain, depression, and guilt? Emotional engineering firms where specialists got paid $12 an hour, jobs in which the hazards included permanent brain damage? Or if there was a manual for alien impersonations of humans—Body Snatchers...
August 2, 2012
6:00 PM
110-112 West 27th Street
#600
New York New York 10001
Bricolage: Journeys of Recovery
Pauline Chen, Don Lee & Aimee Phan
Spanning 1980s Midwest to imperial court China, our second installment of Bricolage—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell—takes us into the brilliant minds of novelists on journeys of recovery. American Book Award-winner Don Lee’s The Collective is a gripping tale of friendship, loss, and the “melancholy burden of unfulfilled dreams” (Publishers’ Weekly). After...
July 26, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
We're Launching 3 Magazines & Throwing a Party!!!
Ashok Kondabolu of Das Racist, Julio Salgado, Ishle Park, Christina Xu & Tao Lin
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is launching three new magazines about race and immigration. We’re having a free party (with RSVP) at projective space in Chinatown to celebrate on June 28th with Ashok Kondabolu of Art Core Hip Hop Trio Das Racist, Julio Salgado, Tao Lin, Cognac Cocktails, Tiger Beer, and art swag tote bags by artist Tania Bruguera of Immigrant Movement International.
June 28, 2012
7:00 PM
Projective Space
72 Allen Street (@ Grand) Third Floor
New York New York 10002
The Misadventures of Antiheroes
Tania James, Rajesh Parameswaran, Xu Xi
A lonely spinster marries a ghost. A live-at-home son writes dispatches from his basement. A laid-off techie tries his hand at doctoring day laborers without a license. These are the tales of antiheroes, itinerant workers and gender refugees in Tania James, Rajesh Parameswaran, and Xu Xi’s newest short story collections.
June 21, 2012
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 10001
Novelstarter: A Writing Workshop
Alexander Chee
Have you tried to write a novel and found yourself paralyzed by the task? Are you unmotivated, or aimless in your literary pursuit? In this class, we’ll go over some of the basic steps, approaches, and methods for the beginning of novels and their drafting, how to organize your life differently, approaches to plotting and structure, how to work with an outline, and how to know when to drop your outline.
June 18, 2012
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 1000
PASSPORT PHOTOS: AAWW’s Twitter Contest
Tania Bruguera
We want you to help celebrate our launch by posting photos of your immigrant parents and grandparents to Twitter--or anyone else in your family!--along with a short narrative tweet that will tell us what the person in the picture meant to you.
June 13, 2012
12:00 AM


Readings From Uncle Swami
Vijay Prashad
Why did Indian Americans, wearing turbans and carrying the Indian republic flag, march in New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade in 1920? What’s the connection between the Israel lobby in the US and the rise of the Hindu lobby? And how did multiculturalism facilitate the growth of rightist Hindu groups on US college campuses? Vijay Prashad’s takes on these questions in his latest book Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today.
June 7, 2012
7:00 PM
Brecht Forum
451 West Street
New York New York 10014
Mouth To Mouth Open Mic (Special Ask an Asian Edition)
Jeff Yang & Trevor Zhou
Leave your dancing monkey at home and meet Spike Lee/Jonah Hill collaborator Trevor Zhou and Mr. Asian America, Jeff Yang of The Wall Street Journal. Trevor is the face of Verizon FiOS and starring in Spike Lee's The Girl is in Trouble and the upcoming 20th Century Fox feature The...
June 1, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Nora Chau & Cihan Kaan
Take a load off and join special guests Nora Chau and Cihan Kaan at our next rib-tickling Mouth to Mouth event. Nora Chau- Ma-Yi Writer's Lab member and ABC/Disney New Talent Screenwriting grant recipient- will mystify you with her unique brand of vaudevillian storytelling 'til your jaw drops and your eyes bulge. Award-winning video artist and...
May 18, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York NY
Bricolage
Cathy Park Hong, Young Jean Lee, & Monica Youn
Join us for our inaugural edition of Bricolage, our salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where your favorite authors and artists present the images that have been haunting their writing. We have an incredible line-up of critically-acclaimed artists to kick off the first Bricolage. You’ll be serenaded by cowboy ballads, nostalgic for beloved...
May 14, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Whodunnit in Chinatown
Ed Lin & Cindy Cheung
Join us for our first ever husband-and-wife reading to celebrate the release of One Red Bastard, the novel. Ed Lin's sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can’t Run and the latest installment of the Robert Chow series about the travails of a Chinatown beat cop in 1976 New York City....
May 12, 2012
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
UndocuNation: An Evening with Artists for Immigrant Justice
Favianna Rodriguez, Jeff Chang, Daniel Alarcón, Laughter Against the Machine, & Others
CultureStrike coordinator Favianna Rodriguez teams up with other creative minds for UndocuNation: An Artistic Response to the Immigration Crisis. With talks, food, revelry and rabble-rousing, the event offers “an evening of culture jamming, visual art, and performances addressing the devastating consequences of our country’s broken immigration system.” Sponsored by CultureStrike,...
May 3, 2012
6:00 PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St (Mission & 3rd )
San Francisco California
Subterranean Technologies
Tan Lin, Pamela Lu, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Dorothy Wang, and Lucy Ives
Join us for a night of ambient poetics with three experimental writers who probe the relationship between art-making and found technologies from parking garage reverberations to the neon glow of TV broadcasts. Treat your ears to Tan Lin’s Insomnia and the Aunt, Pamela Lu’s Ambient Parking Lot, and Sueyeun Juliette...
April 27, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Kaleidoscopic Kashmir
Mirza Waheed, Angana P. Chatterji, & Kanishka Raja
Once known for its majestic snow-capped Himalayas, Kashmir now hosts a militarized hotbed of insurgency and conflict between India, Pakistan, and China. Join us for an inter-disciplinary dialogue between three guests whose work shed light on Kashmir’s complex identity. You’ll hear stories of pre-partition India, lyrical accounts of village life,...
April 21, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
Comedy Smack-Down at Queens College
Negin Farsad, Jen Kwok, & Sheng Wang
Come join us for an Asian American all-star comedy festival! AAWW favorite Jen Kwok, the velvety voice that brought you Date an Asian and Ballad of the Tiger Mom, will bring her ukulele and extraordinary talent. Relish the sharp stylings of Sheng Wang, who won top honors at NBC Universal's...
April 19, 2012
6:30 PM
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing New York 10001
Robert Casper, Ken Chen, Mya Spalter, Patrick Ryan, and Sarah LaPolla
A discussion with Robert Casper, Ken Chen, Mya Spalter, Patrick Ryan, and Sarah LaPolla. Robert Casper is the head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. He is also publisher of the literary magazine, jubilat, and co-founder of the jubilat/Jones Reading Series in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ken...
April 16, 2012
6:30 PM
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building (The New School)
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor
New York New York
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Chris Grace and ManSee Kong
We know- we can't believe it's time for another one of our lavishly funny Open Mics! This month we are delighted to host talented singer/songwriter Chris Grace as well as sassy documentarian ManSee Kong. Chris's seductive vocals will knock you flat and ManSee Kong’s sharp chops will glue you to...
April 13, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York New York 1001
Fugitive Memories
Krys Lee & Alexander Chee
Krys Lee’s debut short story collection, Drifting House, explores the heartbreaking forgings of Korean identity in the wake of war and economic collapse. Haunted by their tragic past, Lee’s cast of characters include a spurned wife who seeks to rescue her kidnapped daughter in America and a tenant who believes...
April 9, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Asian American Writers' Workshop & Cave Canem Present
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Tamiko Beyer, Robin Coste Lewis, & Metta Sama
Join us for our sixth annual collaboration between Asian American Writers' Workshop and Cave Canem featuring the dynamic talent from four all-star female poets! Winner of two American Book Awards, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge molds language with her keen sensibility for visual art. Characteristic of her style is a lush mix of...
April 5, 2012
6:30 PM
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A
Brooklyn NY 11201
DragGlam: Book Launch for Lysley Tenorio's Monstress
Lysley Tenorio & Nita Noveno
Join us in celebration of Lysley Tenorio's Monstress, a dazzling debut short-story collection featuring lepers, healers, and celebrities going incognito. Monstress alternates between the Philippines and San Francisco, where we encounter a Filipino B-movie horror actress from the 1960s striving for chance at stardom, a transgender sibling’s revelation at his...
April 4, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York New York 10001
AFTER 1989: I LOVE THE 90S
Sophia Chang, Carolina González, dream hampton, Vijay Prashad, Rinku Sen, John Kuo-Wei Tchen
DJ hit replay! Or shall we manually rewind this nostalgic cassette tape with a discerning finger to your favorite awkward 1990s multiculti blunders? The '90s gave us “Sister Souljah moments,” the OJ Simpson hearings, the rise of xenophobic legislation (Prop 187 and 209), and homophobic punditry on national television (Jerry...
March 27, 2012
7:00 PM
Brecht Forum
451 West Street
New York New York
Ken Chen, Jennifer Karmin, Philip Metres, Mark Nowak, & Jonathan Skinner
How can poets mobilize poetry as a change agent? These poets demonstrate the ways that the arts can contribute to the defense of the environment, workers, and oppose war. Philip Metres will discuss the ways in which projects such as Peace Show (Cleveland) and the “Stories of War and Peace...
March 22, 2012
11:30 AM
Split This Rock
True Reformer Building, Board Room, 1200 U Street NW
Washington, D.C.
AFTER 1989: Are Asians Black?: LA Riots, Model Minorities, and Affirmative Action
Lisa Arrastia, Paul Beatty, Anne Chang, Eddie Huang, Nicholas Lemann, & Wesley Yang
We all think we know the answer to this question--Asians are not black, right? But in the nineteenth century, one California court actually determined that Chinese Americans were black--since they were not, after all, white. This panel--titled after Janine Young Kim’s seminal essay, itself a ‘90s product--discusses how Asians and...
March 21, 2012
7:00 PM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York New York
AFTER 1989: Why can't we all just get along?: Integration, Assimilation, and Fantasies of American Society
Kazembe Balagun, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Jeff Chang, Hua Hsu, Hiram Perez, Jay Smooth, & Salamishah Tillet
Two decades ago, Rodney King famously asked, “Why can’t we all just get along?” The question might as well have served as the defining question of the multicultural moment, in which the US attempted to dream about what a pluralistic society would look like--from GOP Family Values to the black...
March 16, 2012
7:00 PM
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn New York
How to Write Your True Story: Prose Poetry
Thanhha Lai
Torn between poetry and fiction? Wandering in a world of metaphors and similes? Aching to capture your family's stories, but just can't make it "write"? Join us and National Book Award winner Thanhha Lai, for an in depth look at prose poetry. Lai is the author of Inside Out and...
March 9, 2012
4:00 PM
Teachers and Writers Collaborative
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2020
New York New York 10018
AFTER 1989: White Noise: Vanilla Ice, Grunge, and Stuff White People Like
Dan Charnas, Christian Lander, David Roediger, Reihan Salam, Neela Vaswani, Jamia Wilson, Negin Farsad
Titled after Don DeLillo’s White Noise, in which identity politics reaches its reductio ad absurdum in a Hitler Studies department, our second AFTER 1989 installment explores the curious phenomenon of white ethnic identity in the 1990s. Think back to a time when Bill Clinton was called the “first African American...
March 8, 2012
7:00 PM
CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium
365 5th Avenue
New York New York
Book Party for Hari Kunzru's "Gods Without Men"
Hari Kunzru & Amitava Kumar
Last month, authors Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar caused an international controversy. They did so by reading aloud from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. The book is banned in India for its controversial portrayal of Muslims, and Rushdie himself had called off a visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival in...
March 6, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
AFTER 1989: What do we talk about when we talk about race?: The Canon, PC and Racist Show-and-Tell
Harold Augenbraum, Roberto Bedoya, Sacha Jenkins, Ashok Kondabolu, Jefferson Mao, Latoya Peterson, Himanshu Suri, Thuy Linh Tu, Victor Vazquez
Much of ‘90s multiculturalism was less about race than inventing polite ways to talk about racial taboos. Terms like “diversity” and “political correctness” blunted the unsavory aspects of dealing with racism, even as the right struggled to make English the national language and tamp down transgressive art, multicultural threats to...
March 5, 2012
7:00 PM
powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn New York
Asian American Poetry: Past, Present and Future with Neelanjana Banerjee, Victoria Chang, Ken Chen, Timothy Yu, and Srikanth Reddy
Neelanjana Banerjee, Victoria Chang, Ken Chen, Timothy Yu, & Srikanth Reddy
Marilyn Chin said: ‘Our poetry is not a static enterprise but a thriving, historical progression.’ As we look at Asian American poetry today, much as changed, yet much has stayed the same. This panel will feature a group of diverse literary critics, anthologists, and poets in a vibrant discussion to...
March 3, 2012
3:30 PM
AWP, The Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Private Dining Room 2
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago Illinois
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Annie Choi & Leah Winkler
The next installment of our blindingly fun Mouth to Mouth Open Mic is here! Brave the mad March weather to hear Leah Winkler and Annie Choi at our monthly party. Leah, a current member of Youngblood Theater Company, is a talented playwright and director. The New York Times praised her...
March 2, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma, & Nami Mun
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma, and Nami Mun read new work and the life behind their literature: private writing rituals; relationships with mentors and peers; favorite books, songs on iTunes repeat and performance-enhancing alcoholic drinks; social media and other procrastination devices. Ask nicely and they’ll talk about writing as...
March 2, 2012
12:00 PM
AWP, The Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Private Dining Room 2
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago Illinois
"Real Karaoke People" in Queens
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs & Grace Cho
Bringing together the best of two worlds -- poetry and noraebang --"Real Karaoke People" is a literary reading/karaoke event that will harmonize, shake, split, and excavate the deeper musical notes of diasporic narratives centered on community, family, the romantic, and immigration. Inspired by Ed Bok Lee’s Real Karaoke People, this...
February 24, 2012
7:00 PM
Place @ Main KTV Bar & Lounge
36-45 Main St. 2nd Fl.
Flushing New York 11355
Amar Chitra Katha
Monica Ferrell, Chitra Ganesh, Keshni Kashyap, & Himanshu “Heems” Suri of Das Racist
Does your knowledge about the Ramayana come entirely from comics your mom bought you from Jackson Heights? Or are you a comic book fan interested in engaging with one of the bestselling comics in both Asia and the world? Party down with the Workshop’s tribute to Amar Chitra Katha, the...
February 16, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York
"Love & Solidarity in Queens"
Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, & Lara Stapleton
Does Valentine’s Day have you all atwitter? Ease into your “mahal kita” with an afternoon of stellar performances from acclaimed Filipino poets and writers. The featured performances from Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton, as well as performances from Filipino community...
February 12, 2012
3:00 PM
Bayanihan Filipino Community Center
40-21 69th Street
Woodside New York 11377
"Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee": A Poetry Workshop
Monica Youn
Add power to your poetic punches and fleetness to your formal footwork. These classes will focus on adding techniques, tension, and twists to your expressive toolbox. Specific classes will focus on landing leaps, torquing turns, and the uses and abuses of certain voids. There will be a weekly writing assignment...
February 6, 2012
6:45 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street
New York New York
Mouth to Mouth Lunar New Year Open Mic
Carla Ching & Angel Yau
Not ready for the New Year festivities to end just yet? Celebrate the Lunar New Year with hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok at our first open mic of 2012, featuring the brilliantly funny sketch comedian Angel Yau, who has performed at the NYC Underground Comedy Festival and the Upright...
February 3, 2012
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
How to Be A Performance Poet
YaliniDream & Kilusan Bautista
Are you a high school or college student who wants to be a writer? Or just someone who’s ever wanted to grab the mic? Come join two incredible artists as they show you the ropes of performance and spoken word poetry. YaliniDream artfully weaves her spoken word with music and...
February 3, 2012
4:15 PM
Asian American/Asian Research Institute, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floo
New York New York
Off the Beaten Path: Fiction Writers
Alice Albinia, Sabina Murray, & Neela Vaswani
Are you in dire need of a bon voyage? Come hear three acclaimed writers read works set in the places usually at the periphery of the map. Alice Albinia re-imagines the Mahabharata in urban Delhi in her debut novel of manners, Leela’s Book. A character-packed page-turner, Leela’s Book is a...
February 2, 2012
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Xu Xi & editor Anna Sherman
Xu Xi has been called a "pioneer writer from Asia in English" by the New York Times, and a pioneer of a distinct kind of diasporic language. Shortlisted for the Man Asia award, her latest work, Habit of a Foreign Sky, moves between Hong Kong and New York, as the biracial female...
November 8, 2011
6:30 PM
The Asia Society
725 Park Ave (70th Street)
New York New York
Master Lee & Sung Rno
Our riotous Open Mic this week features Master (of comedy and karate) Lee and Sung (playwright genius) Rno. Open your mouth and say ahh—or say a poem! Or say a story! Or say a skat! Say anything! The sky (or at least the tin ceiling of Chelsea digs) is the...
October 22, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Bino Realuyo, Lara Stapleton, & R.A. Villanueva
Five Filipino New Yorkers, Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Bino Realuyo, Lara Stapleton, and R.A. Villanueva, read poetry and prose. From the Philippines and across the United States, these award-winning poets and novelists share their work. Bino A. Realuyo is the author of The Umbrella Country, a novel, andThe Gods We Worship Live...
October 15, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, Jessica Hagedorn, Cesar Maxit, and many more
Join us for the CultureStrike festival: a series of free public arts workshops followed by a free outdoor festival featuring writers and artists from the CultureStrike delegation. CultureStrike Arts Workshops Free to the public! Wednesday, September 14, 4-6PM For the latest information, go to http://www.wordstrike.net/ Artists, Social Media, and Social Justice The...
September 14, 2011
7:30 PM
Mercado San Augustin
100 S. Avenida Del Convento
Tucson Arizona
Bharati Mukherjee & Prithi Gowda
When Outsourced premiered last fall filled with tired, overplayed jokes that relied on bad desi accents and references to sacred cows, it seemed that American popular cultural representations of India had officially shifted from the "land of the ashram" to "the land of the call center." Whether you laughed or cringed when...
May 16, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Soomi Kim and Jay Legaspi
Join comedian Jen Kwok and Ed Lin for our monthly open mic, Mouth to Mouth. This month, we feature two artists whose works straddle multiple genres and forms. Multidisciplinary artist Soomi Kim and singer-songer Jay Legaspi will dance, sing, perform, and recite. We hope you don't stay in your seats. Sign-up for a 5-minute slot before the night...
May 13, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Supriya Bhatnagar, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Jasmin Darznik
How has the form of memoir been utilized by women writers? What can memoir tell us about history? From 1970s Iran to 1900s China, these are the stories of exceptional women. Jasmin Darznik weaves the experiences of three generations of Iranian women to reflect on their struggle against political and...
May 12, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor STE. 600
New York New York
Supriya Bhatnagar, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Jasmin Darznik
How has the form of memoir been utilized by women writers? What can memoir tell us about history? From 1970s Iran to 1900s China, these are the stories of exceptional women. Jasmin Darznik weaves the experiences of three generations of Iranian women to reflect on their struggle against political and...
May 12, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Lena Sze, Ed Litvak, Jeff Yang and Anthony Advincula
Over the last few years, new media platforms have transformed reporting in our communities: neighborhood-based blogs have informed news coverage; ethnic news organizations are collaborating in ways never seen before; and activists use social media to organize around important issues facing their community. Open City Project Director Lena Sze speaks along side Ed...
May 9, 2011
2:30 PM
New York University Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
New York New York
Henry Chang, Cristiana Baik, R.A. Villanueva, Ed Lin, Zohra Saed, and Kelly Tsai
Have you been following Open City our interdisciplinary blog and community project on gentrification and urban change? Interested in continuing the conversation about these complex issues face-to-face with bloggers, writers, and community members? In a collaboration with theNew Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New Cityand the Museum of Chinese in America, Where is...
May 7, 2011
11:00 AM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York New York
Joseph O. Legaspi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Samantha Thornhill, Samantha Chanse, and Bushra Rehman
On May 6, NOTICE, a series of readings and performances exploring the moment of stepping off the cliff and into the abyss, comes to the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Join us for an intoxicating evening navigating fear, resolve, panic, exhilaration, death, and rebirth as featured artists Joseph O. Legaspi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Samantha...
May 6, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Nathacha Appanah, Youmna Chlala, Ranbir Sidhu
From the Indian Ocean to the American west, three daring fiction writers tell the story of the dispossessed. Like many characters in postcolonial lit., their protagonists have been cut off from motherlands by war, prison and migration. But the terrain of dislocation these writers explore--spanning the island of Mauritius in...
April 30, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Hanif Kureishi and Amitava Kumar
Join us for an intimate lunch with writer Hanif Kureishi, hailed by the New York Times as one of 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Kureishi’s newly released Collected Essays presents decades of his writings on topics intimate (the making of his Oscar-nominated film My Beautiful Laundrette), literary (the nature...
April 27, 2011
12:30 PM
Yuva Frontier Indian Grill
230 East 58th Street
New York New York
R. Zamora Linmark & Gayatri Gopinath
Tired of cliched narratives of diasporic homecomings? Longing for an honest and irreverent story of coming, going, and never quite arriving? Don't miss the chance to hear R. Zamora Linmark read from his newest novel Leche--a witty, lyrical tale of a young man's return to the place of his birth and...
April 16, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Bushra Rehman and Tom X. Chao
Our monthly open mic party is always a riot. April 15 will be no exception. New York City-born poet Bushra Rehman, who Ishle Yi Park has called "a little bundle of magic," and performance artist and playwright Tom X. Chao, who, according to Richard Yates, is the "author of at...
April 15, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Linda Faigao Hall, Nita Noveno, Susan Soriano, and R.A. Villanueva
In this special 20th Anniversary Workshop reading, we honor Luis H. Francia, poet, journalist, professor, and former board member of The Asian American Writers' Workshop. Francia will be reading from his just published chapbook The Beauty of Ghosts, alongside writer/friends. Linda Faigao Hall, Nita Noveno, Susan Soriano, and R.A. Villanueva will...
April 8, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Ishle Yi Park, Suheir Hammad, Taiyo Na, Chiwan Choi, YaliniDream
We have all been struck by the unimaginable loss and despair caused by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. To support the relief effort, we're hosting poet, musician, and new mother Ishle Yi Park, who's flying into town from Kauai, Hawai'i. The New York...
April 3, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Jennifer 8. Lee
Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, is giving walking tours of New York City's Chinatown street food as a fundraiser for the Asian American Writers' Workshop. It's a 2.5 hour tour that includes (depending on availability) Xi'an Famous Foods, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Xinjiang skewers, banh mi, pulled...
April 2, 2011
2:00 PM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York New York
Sara Goudarzi, Narges Bajoghli, & Najila Naderi
From Central Asia to Iran to Brooklyn, a mutli-genre literary reading to celebrate Nowruz, our common New Year, with ground-breaking writers from the Afghan and Iranian American diasporas. Acknowledging the deeply entwined histories of our peoples and the overlapping richness of our literary traditions, this reading is inspired by desire...
March 25, 2011
7:00 PM
Zora Space
315 4th Avenue
Brooklyn New York
Jason Kao Hwang and Becky Yamamoto
Waiting for the warmer weather? Join us for this month's Mouth to Mouth Open Mic which is sure to raise the temperature. NEA award winning composer and violinist Jason Kao Hwang will give a special acoustic performance, and performer Becky Yamamoto, called "priceless" by The New York Times and "expertly deadpan" by The...
March 18, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street
New York New York
Javier Gonzalez, Rene Perez, Jeff Chang, Roco, & Favianna Rodriguez
In a nation with fast and vast demographic changes, what is the role of musicians and their fans in moving beyond hatred? Is SB 1070 in Arizona only the tip of the anti-immigrant movement iceberg? Artists and activists join together to discuss the Sound Strike and their commitment to working together to...
March 17, 2011
3:30 PM
South by Southwest
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC
Austin Texas
Catherine Chung & Julie Otsuka
If America is a nation of immigrants, it's also a nation of aliens. What has it meant historically to be a traveler or a migrant, or to exist as an outsider within a cultural landscape? What does it mean now? We're celebrating the launch of Granta Issue #114: Aliens with editor John...
March 3, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street
New York New York
Cheryl Tan & Ava Chin
Join us for a delectable evening with NYC food and fashion writer Cheryl Tan and NY Times Urban Foraging Columnist Ava Chin as they explore the relationship between food, family, and memory. Cheryl Tan will read from and discuss her new memoir, A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food...
February 24, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Cai Tianxin & Bob Holman
Contemporary Chinese poet Cai Tianxin gives a talk on the history of Chinese Poetry, reads from his own avant work, and discusses his place in the continuum of Chinese poetry with poetry legend Bob Holman. A columnist of the monthly magazine Book City in Shanghai, which is considered the Chinese New Yorker, and...
February 12, 2011
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Kelly Tsai & Ocean Vuong
2011 is starting off with a bang! We're ushering in the new year with a Mouth to Mouth Open Mic featuring activist and spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and poet Ocean Vuong. So, come, bring a friend, and be ready to get your socks rocked off by poetry. Ocean...
February 11, 2011
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Ken Chen, Kimiko Hahn, Marie Lee, Ed Lin, Patrick Rosal, Jennifer Tseng
Over the past twenty years, the Asian American Writers' Workshop has grown from a Greek diner meeting into a preeminent intellectual sanctuary for Asian American literature. Join us for a cross-genre, cross-generational reading celebrating the Workshop's twentieth year. Writers will read from their work and talk about the Workshop's influence...
February 5, 2011
12:00 PM
AWP, Virginia B Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level
Washington D.C.
Ken Chen, V.V. Ganeshananthan, Manijeh Nasrabadi, & Xu Xi
From Hmong to Iran to Turkmenistan, Asian American literature is broadening its terrain. The Asian American Writers' Workshop is at the fore of this conversation on "radical inclusivity." But what unifies these cultures and aesthetics? Join an eclectic group of Asian American Writers in conversation as they come together to...
February 4, 2011
10:30 AM
AWP, Empire Ballroom
Omni Shoreham Hotel, West Lobby
Washington D.C.
Maxine Hong Kingston
"'You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you.'" So began The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston's first book, heralding a writer who, possibly more than any, has defined what Asian American literature has meant over the last several...
February 1, 2011
6:00 PM
Chambers Fine Arts
522 West 19th Street
New York New York
Rana Dasgupta & Naeem Mohaiemen
Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta will be in conversation with writer and artist Naeem Mohaiemen, reading from and discussing his novel, Solo. Come hear why Salman Rushdie has called Solo a "novel of exceptional, astonishing strangeness," and argues the novel "confirms Rana Dasgupta as the most unexpected and original Indian...
January 29, 2011
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Jennifer 8. Lee, Ed Lin, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, & Eddie Huang
Does your mom leave desperate voicemails asking you to "please pick up phone? hello? are you there?" or take twenty-four more napkins than she needs at Taco Bell? Your mom may be a fob. What began in 2008 as a blog featuring endearing and nosy texts and emails from Teresa Wu and...
January 4, 2011
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Taiyo Na & Koba Sounds
Our last open mic of 2010 features two New York-based musicians and poets Taiyo Na and Koba Sounds. Come hear them and spit a rhyme yourself! Or a poem, or a story, or some comedy— we've got room for it all if you can fit it in 5 minutes! Honored...
December 10, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Michael Syjuco
Michael Syjuco's Ilustrado won the Man Asian Prize before it was even published, and has been called a "literary landmark for the Philippines and beyond" by Booklist. Mixing fiction with nonfiction,Ilustrado is a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, Americans, and Filipinos themselves. Woven...
December 2, 2010
6:30 PM
The Asia Society
750 Park Avenue (70th Street)
New York New York
Juliet S. Kono, Fred Chao, Negin Farsad and others!
If you open your mouth and the AAWW is around, will you make a sound? Will these sounds make sense? Will they make a story? You've got questions, we've got answers at our open to the public open mic series. This week we welcome poet and first time novelist, Juliet...
November 19, 2010
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Barbara Jane Reyes, Craig Santos Perez, & Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Craig Santos Perez probe the identities of the outcast, the displaced in poems that experiment with everything from internet news sources to the Book of Genesis and Tagalog tradition. In Diwata, Reyes inherits the responsibility of remembering from her grandfather, a survivor of World War...
November 15, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Yunte Huang & Charles Bernstein
Charlie Chan, a fictional Chinese detective played by white men on the silver screen, captivated American audiences for decades with one-liners like "tongue often hang man quicker than rope" and is today seen as a yellowface relic. In Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with...
October 28, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Gish Jen & Billy Tsien
Gish Jen's latest novel, World and Town,explores new starts and shifting American towns in what Publisher's Weekly heralds as an "expansive story of identity and acceptance." Hattie Kong loses her husband and best friend in the same year—"like having twins. She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both...
October 7, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Mae Ngai & Aziz Rana
Join Mae Ngai and Aziz Rana as they discuss family lives and legal battles that offer insight into the Chinese-American experience. Called an "absorbing story" by The New York Times, The Lucky Ones, the latest book by historian and Guggenheim fellow Mae Ngai, is a compelling account of three generations of the...
October 7, 2010
12:30 PM
Asia Society
725 Park Ave (70th Street)
New York New York
Linh Dinh & Cihan Kaan
Linh Dinh and Cihan Kaan create landscapes where Coney Island meets Mars, post-war Saigon backdrops lovelorn characters, and rich boys pay to be Muslim for a day. In Love Like Hate, Linh Dinh, who writer Ed Park calls "one of the secret masters of short fiction," uses his deadpan humor to explore...
October 6, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Yiyun Li
Yiyun Li has recently been named a MacArthur genius and featured as one of the Top 20 Writers under 40 by The New Yorker. Her latest collection of short stories, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, has been heralded as "brilliant" by Publishers Weekly and "further proof that [she] deserves to be considered among the best living fiction writers" by Kirkus...
October 5, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Smith, Ken Chen, & Eric Gamalinda
Join hosts and curators Tina Chang and Tracy K. Smith for the fifth annual collaboration between Cave Canem and the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Featuring readings by Ken Chen, Eric Gamalinda, Tyehimba Jess and Patricia Smith. Detroit native Tyehimba Jess's leadbelly was a 2004 National Poetry Series selection. Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named...
October 1, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Natalie Kim & Samantha Chanse
Already sick of schoolwork? Ditch your #2 pencil, pick up you guitar and join New York natives actress Natalie Kim and writer and performer Samantha Chanse on Friday night: bring your best work (or your worst)—either way, drinks on us. Actress and New York native Natalie Kim recently completed a successful run...
September 24, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Fatima Bhutto
Q&A with Steve Coll, New America Foundation Fatima Bhutto's third book, Songs of Blood and Sword, details her complicated childhood in Pakistan, wrestling with national history—from Partition to the post 9/11 "War on Terror"—and its relationship to her father's assassination and her family's political dynasty. Join Steve Coll, President of New America...
September 24, 2010
6:30 PM
Asia Society
725 Park Ave (70th Street)
New York New York
Oliver de la Paz, Tishani Doshi, & Marie Mockett
Why do we want to escape the places we were raised? How much do its bleachers and stadiums, its nosy neighbors and long-distance phone calls shape our coming-of-age? Poet Tishani Doshi reads from her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers. Called "captivating, delightful" by Salman Rushdie,The Pleasure Seekers follows the cross-cultural love affair...
September 17, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Nair, Marilyn Nelson, Paolo Javier
Frank O'Hara famously said most poets were worse than the movies, but then he'd never heard of Movietelling. It's a multimedia literary performance genre that's as new as Youtube and video art and as old as 1920s Japan, where storytellers would "talk" over silent films in lieuof intertitles. Meera Nair...
September 12, 2010
1:00 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Conference Room
209 Joralemon Street
New York New York
Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang's new novel, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, follows the trials of a class of emerging writers, their love/intimidation relationship with their brilliant poet professor, and the different ways they sacrifice their lives for writing. As Booklist praises, "it is [Chang's] indelible portrait of the loneliness of artistic endeavor that will...
September 10, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Cindy Cheung
A story of family secrets and discovery, of confession and revelation, Monique Truong's second novel Bitter in the Mouth follows Linda Hammerick, who has a secret sense—she can "taste" words. She falls for names and what they evoke: Canned peaches. Dill. Orange sherbet. Parsnip (to her great regret). In this celebration, actress...
September 7, 2010
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W27th Street
New York New York
Amitava Kumar
The dress code is casual, and the alert level definitely high for this celebration of the release of Amitava Kumar's latest books, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (non-fiction) and Nobody Does the Right Thing (fiction). Part reportage and part protest, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His...
August 27, 2010
6:30 PM
Aicon Gallery
35 Great Jones Street
New York New York
Brownstar and Jaed Coffin
Alabama’s got us so upset, Tennessee’s made us lose our rest, and now everybody knows about Arizona! Spoken word duo Brownstar and memoirist Jaed Coffin, led by hosts Ed Lin and Jen Kwok, will perform in response to SB 1070 and The Workshop’s WORDSTRIKE: Writers’ Boycott of Arizona. Bring your stories of...
August 20, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
The Brownstar Revolution
Commencing at 11 pm on Saturday, August 14 (Pakistan's Independence Day) and continuing into the early morning hours of August 15 (India's Independence Day), UNIFICATION 2010 celebrates 63 years of independence and the voices of talented, socially conscious South Asian/American artists. With performances by DJ Rekha, The Kominas, Hari Kondabolu,...
August 14, 2010
11:00 PM
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York NY
Fay Chiang and Peter Kwong
Galleries, luxury condos, displacement, rezoning, affordable housing, neighborhood preservation. These are a few keywords in the active and ongoing conversation about gentrification, development, and urban change more broadly. But what is the role of writing in the face of this kind of urban change? Two activists, scholar Peter Kwong of Hunter College/CUNY...
July 27, 2010
12:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Sung J. Woo and Ali Wong
Exhausted from having to walk around under the summer sun? Escape the heat with our sixth Open Mic of the year. This week we feature author Sung J. Woo whose short story "Limits" was an Editor's Choice winner in Carve Magazine's2008 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and academic-turned-comedian Ali Wong whose...
July 23, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
David L. Eng, Jared Rehberg, Wendy Lee, Marie Lee, Misoon Yang, and Eleana Kim
In the United States alone, more than 139,000 children have been adopted internationally in the last ten years--many of whom were born in China and Korea. Transnational adoption is rewriting how we understand Asian American identity--by implicating parents of non-Asian American descent who are eager to connect their children with...
June 28, 2010
7:00 PM
Nodutdol
53-22 Roosevelt Ave, Second Floor
Woodside NY
Sinan Antoon, Fayre Makeig, and Lucas Klein
Although less than 0.7% of all literary books published in the United States as works in translation, translation acts as a central way we experience other cultures: including Asian.Sinan Antoon, Fayre Makeig and Lucas Klein come together to read their translations of Asian heavyweights like Mahmoud Darwish and H.E. Sayeh and discuss the...
June 26, 2010
12:00 PM
Woodside Library
54-22 Skillman Avenue
Queens New York
Nelson George and Jessica Hagedorn
The Montauk Club is pleased to announce an evening celebrating literature as part of our new reading series, No Book Jackets Required. Featuring authors Nelson George and Jessica Hagedorn and curated by James Hannaham, the event is produced in partnership with Ringshout and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The reading...
June 23, 2010
8:00 PM
Montauk Club
25 Eighth Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Gina Apostol, and Purvi Shah
How does movement—social, political or physical—affect our personal identities and those placed upon us? Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Gina Apostol, and Purvi Shah each address the shifting nature of identity and its relationship with movement in different ways. Sueyeun Juliette Lee's most recent collection of poetry focuses on Korea and explores...
June 22, 2010
7:00 PM
Nodutdol
53-22 Roosevelt Ave, Second Floor
Woodside NY
Corky Lee, Tomie Arai, Jack Tchen, and Karen Tei Yamashita
Come hear one of the foremost Asian American novelists of her generation and the artist-activists who defined what it means for all of us to be Asian American. This special symposium features key activists Corky Lee, Tomie Arai, and Jack Tchen alongside Karen Tei Yamashita, whose new novel, I-Hotel, is destined...
June 19, 2010
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Vidur Kapur and Lisa Chen
Got a summer fling you want to tell the world about? Come by for our fifth Mouth to Mouth Open Mic of the year, featuring stand up comedian Vidur Kapur and poet Lisa Chen. Lisa's book of poetry, Mouth, uses everything from poems carved in the loneliness of Angel Island barracks...
June 18, 2010
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Queens Council on the Arts, Adhikaar, and NYSCA
In Letters to our Mothers, five writers celebrate the multi-faceted voices of South Asian women in Queens and what it means to be heard across distance. This rare joint production curated by Adhikaar’s Executive Director Luna Ranjit, in collaboration with Queens Council on the Arts and The Asian American Writers’...
June 12, 2010
6:00 PM
Jackson Diner
3747 74th Street
Flushing NY 11372-6337
Jen Kwok and Ed Lin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk1LBTLGVaE&feature=player_embedded#action=share Start summer a little early with our raucous fourth Open Mic of the year, hosted by Jen Kwok and Ed Lin. This week will feature actress and writer Esther Chae—whose recent solo performance, So the Arrow Flies, was called “amazing and beautiful” by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang—and stand up...
May 21, 2010
8:30 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles bring your young ones to a day of children's book readings, craft activities, and delectable treats.   Location: TBA  
July 26, 2009
2:00 PM


Tara L. Masih and Shouhua Qi
Come hear contributors from the The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, an unprecedented collection of essays on flash fiction.  
July 23, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Array
There's no better way to celebrate summer hitting its halfway mark than a good old-fashioned house party—AAWW style. Join New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee and others in a dumpling-making party complete with dim sum and wine. Make new friends, bring old friends and eat to your hearts content! For tickets,...
July 19, 2009
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Kevin Nadal
Come hear Kevin Nadal read from his groundbreaking textbook, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. Filipino American Psychology offers a comprehensive look at the psyche of Filipino Americans. By examining history, cultural values, influences of colonialism, community dynamics and intersections with other identities, the reader will have an...
July 17, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
A celebration of the unique contemporary role and historical legacy of Asian American comic artists, featuring the writers and editors of Secret Identities, the first-ever graphic novel anthology of Asian American superhero stories. Come join us at the newly renovated Museum of Chinese in America for this landmark event.
July 11, 2009
11:00 AM
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
215 Centre Street
New York City
Array
Join us for three critically acclaimed poets at Word For Word Poetry at the Bryant Park Reading Room.  
June 30, 2009
6:30 PM
@ Bryant Park Reading Room
btwn 5th & 6th Avenue
adjacent to the James Earl Dodge monument
The power of place. Tsujimoto reads from his memoir Morningside Heights: New York Stories and Xi from her book of essays Evanescent Isles: From My City-Village.
June 18, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Novels of heartbreak and folly. Gunesekera reads from The Match and James from Atlas of Unknowns.  
June 16, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
We invite you to an afternoon of readings in celebration of Philippine culture and two literary heroes who brought the Philippine experience to the public. Harold Augenbraum, Luis Francia, and Dorian Merina read and discuss the writings of José Rizal and José Garcia Villa. Noli Me Tangere, the powerful and...
June 16, 2009
4:00 PM
The Queens Library, Woodside
54-22 Skillman Avenue
Woodside
Come hear the diverse voices in the only English language anthology by Pakistani women published in the United States: Humera Afridi and Fawzia Afzal-Khan. Co-sponsored by Asia Society
June 11, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Ben Huh is the mastermind behind the Lolcats phenomenon. As the CEO of Pet Holdings, he runs I Can Has Cheezeburger? and grew it into the global purveyor of absurd cat humor that we know and love today. The book based on the site I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat...
June 9, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Crossing borders and genres. Nonfiction writers Hajratwala and Rachlin read from Leaving India andPersian Girls. Poets Chen and Lieberman read from their collections The Heart's Traffic and Breaking The Map.
June 9, 2009
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Shivani Manghnani, Bushra Rehman, Kevin Tang, Ky-Phong Tran, Joy Wood
Come hear winner, Shivani Manghnani and finalists Bushra Rehman, Kevin Tang, Ky-Phong Tran and Joy Wood read the pieces submitted for our 2008 short story contest. For more information on the contest, including a full list of the finalists, please click here. $5 suggested donation; open to the public    
May 28, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Chitra Ganesh
For several weeks now, under the guidance of artist Chitra Ganesh, nine fantastic young women from around New York City have been understanding, dissecting, and drawing comics. They've explored gender/ethnic stereotypes contained in mainstream cartoons, in the process experimenting with aesthetic choices and storytelling in comics, and have rendered their own...
May 23, 2009
4:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Karan Mahajan, Rakesh Satyal, Sung K. Woo, Paul Yoon
Karan Mahajan reads from Family Planning: A Novel (P.S.), Rakesh Satyal from Blue Boy, Sung J. Woo from Everything Asian: A Novel, and Paul Yoon from Once the Shore. $5 suggested donation; open to the public    
May 21, 2009
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Christina Seid, Pooja Makhijani, Laura Young, Suelain Moy, Susan Soriano
Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles bring your young ones to a day of fun at the Workshop. Look forward to story time, a craftmaking workshop, a writing game and ice cream for all this Saturday. Our guests include authors Christina Seid and Pooja Makhijani, as well as craft editor Laura Young, writer Suelain Moy and Susan Soriano from Kaboose.com....
May 16, 2009
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab
The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collection of Asian American playwrights ever assembled, presents an exciting night of live theater. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
December 4, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Jennifer Hayashida and Jeffrey Yang
A reading concert with Circumference, the journal of poetry in translation. Hayashida reads from her translation of Swedish poet Fredrik Nyberg's dark and intimate A Different Practice. Yang reads from his translation of classical Chinese poet Su Shi's East Slope and his own debut An Aquarium. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
November 19, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Kazim Ali and Myung Mi Kim
Ali's The Far Mosque, an elegant yet plainspoken debut, draws on mystical lyrical traditions. Kim's Dura, a classic of experimental poetics, charts a public history of and her personal relationship with immigration and cultural severing. A panel discussion on Dura featuring Cathy Park Hong, Tan Lin and Warren Liu follows the reading....
November 14, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Henry Chang and Karen Shepard
In Chang's Year of the Dog, Detective Jack Yu is transferred to another precinct but can't seem to get away from his Chinatown past. Don't I Know You? is Shepard's suspenseful story of a boy who finds his mother murdered in late '70s New York. A rock band plays after the reading! $5...
November 13, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
With Lisa Chen, Andy Hsiao, Andrea Louie, and Christopher Mattison
Finding time for your writing life can be a tricky business when juggling kids, a job, and sleep. Come hear a few writers talk about how they keep their writing life vibrant despite other obligations. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
November 4, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Tina Chang, Monica Ferrell, Eric Gamalinda, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handel, Cathy Park Hong, Khaled Mattawa, Ravi Shankar, and Barbara Tran.
A celebration of the ground-breaking Norton anthology,Language For A New Century: Contemporary from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond including a panel discussion with Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Tina Chang, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handel, Khaled Mattawa, and Ravi Shankar and readings by Monica Ferrell, Eric Gamalinda, Cathy Park Hong, and Barbara Tran.
October 30, 2008
7:00 PM
The Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St
New York New York
AAWW
Do you refer to the day Scrabulous was taken off Facebook as 'The Day the Wordplay Died'? Thinking of tattooing that last triple word score on your arm? Come to our inaugural Scrabble party and get your group wordplay on again! Play hard, drink some Singha Beer, and make new...
October 28, 2008
12:00 AM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Monica Ferrell and Ed Park
Ferrell's wickedly funny, The Answer is Always Yes, follows one NYUers quest for coolness and rise into the NYC club scene. A hilarious take on office life with Pynchonesque touches, Park's Personal Days makes one feel less alone during those tiny apocalypses caused by email typos. $5 suggested donation; open to the public...
October 23, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Joanne Chen and Kim Sunee
In The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats, Chen makes you think twice about those carrots in your lunch bag as she ponders America's sweet-tooth anxiety. Abandoned at three in a Korean marketplace, Kim Sunee tells her story about personal geography and the food that helped...
October 16, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Elijah Kuan Wong
Had your fill of reading the usual classics for your AP exam literature and college English classes? Come to our open mic series for a little change of scenery. Curated by Nuyorican semifinalist Elijah Kuan Wong, Witchdoctors offers you a safe space and nurturing environment. Come bring your own work...
October 10, 2008
6:30 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
David Yoo and Paula Yoo
In Stop Me If You Have Heard This One Before, Yoo humorously captures that special mania that only your high-school crushes can induce. Yoo's debut Good Enoughchronicles the journey of Patti, an over achieving Ivy-bound teen itching to rebel. After the reading, this young adult duo will discuss creativity among siblings and...
October 9, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Deborah Landau and Ben Marcus
Panel: MFA Programs Today Deborah Landau (Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at NYU) and Ben Marcus (Associate Professor and Chair of the MFA program in creative writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts) Thinking of applying to an MFA program but don't know where to begin? Come...
October 6, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Mong-Lan
Writer, visual artist, and Argentine tango dance/teacher, Mong-Lan brings her love of the dance into her latest collection, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art, where she mixes calligraphic art with graceful and quick-witted poetry. After the reading, Mong-Lan will give a tango performance and teach you some tango basics! $5 suggested donation;...
October 2, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan and Roger Sedarat
Kageyama-Ramakrishnan draws on her tender memories of her grandparents as she addresses Japanese American internment in Shadow Mountain. In Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, Sedarat confronts past and current injustices in Iran with hope for its future. $5 suggested donation; open to the public
September 29, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Pedro Ponce, Renato Rosaldo, Thaddeus Rutkowski and Purvi Shah
Come celebrate Many Mountains Moving: A Literary Journal of Diverse Contemporary Voices, with some of its editors and contributors. MMM was founded by Naomi Horii in 1994 and quickly achieved national recognition. The editors took chances on works that were exciting, brilliant, eccentric, courageous and heartfelt, by unknown and famous writers...
September 24, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi and David Mura
In her poetry collection, Matadora, Gambito challenges traditional Filipina gender norms in moves as witty and fierce as her title suggests. Legaspi's poetry collection Imago, which has been compared to Pablo Neruda, poignantly renders rites of passage into manhood. In his novel, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, Mura leads us through the...
September 18, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Kimiko Hahn and Robert Polito
Come to the inaugural event of our Practicing Writer series, a monthly series dedicated to the career and craft development of writers. Thinking of applying to an MFA program but don't know where to begin? Come hear the heads of two prominent NYC-area MFA programs, Kimiko Hahn, Distinguished Professor at Queens...
September 11, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Lora Jo Foo and Wendy Lee
Paring childhood stories with her nature photography, Earth Passages: Journeys Through Childhood is Lora Jo Foo'sbeautifully collaged memoir of escaping hard living in San Francisco Chinatown and finding sanctuary in woods.Wendy Lee deftly renders the delicate and precarious contours of the international adoption experience in her debutHappy Family. From the age of 11, Lora Jo...
September 4, 2008
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Meena Alexander, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Geronimo Madrid, Sawako, Robin Starbuck, Jerry Williams, Jonathan Zalben
A celebration of Drunken Boat's special tenth anniversary issue, a multimedia event featuring poet Meena Alexander, sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, fiction writerGeronimo Madrid, sound sculptor Sawako, installation artist Robin Starbuck, poet Jerry Williams and musicianJonathan Zalben. Meena Alexander's poetry includes Illiterate Heart, winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award, Raw Silk (2004), andQuickly Changing River (2008) all published by...
August 28, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, John Yau and Shanxing Wang
An evening of poetry in conjunction with the Bryant Park Summer 2008 Word for Word Series featuring Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, John Yau and Shanxing Wang. Spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai has been featured in over 275 performances at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center,...
August 26, 2008
6:30 PM
Bryant Park Reading Room
between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, adjacent to the James Earl Dodge monument
New York City
Anita Jain and Sandeep Jauhar
Memoir night. In Marrying Anita: Quest for Love in New India (Bloomsbury, 2008), Anita Jain, a thirty-something New Yorker frustrated with Western dating norms, travels to Delhi with the goal of finding a husband using a somewhat more traditional method only to stumble upon a New IndiaÑa vibrant cosmopolitan place where instead...
August 7, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Lisa Chen, Amber Drea, Ed Lin, Ishle Yi Park, Bushra Rehman, Patrick Rosal, Anantha Sudhakar, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Eight writers write about songs that strike a chord with them. The result is an evening of stories, a mixtape of fiction, poetry and non fiction. Expect tales of angst, wonderment and love. And sex. And death. And everything in between. Lisa Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned a...
July 31, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Don Lee and Francie Lin
Madcap stories of mayhem! A sculptor turned Brussels sprouts farmer, an indicted movie producer, and an alcoholic kung-fu diva are just a few of the characters in Don Lee'sWrack and Ruin (W.W. Norton, 2008), a suspenseful and satirical comedy of errors that culminates in literature's first-ever windsurfing chase scene. A tragicomic...
July 24, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
This event is open to the public; $5 donation is suggested. Nobel Prize-nominated poet Bei Daoreads with Jennifer Chang, whose debut collection, The History of Anonymity (University of Georgia Press, 2008), explores a nocturnal world of childhood and myth. Often seen as the preeminent Chinese poet of his generation,Bei Dao was born in Beijing in...
June 19, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Novelist Alexander Chee guest edits a special issue of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politicsfeaturing New Korean American Fiction and asks what it means to be Korean American. Come hear Alexander Chee, Catherine Chung, Elaine H. Kim, and Jin Yong Sohn read from stories published in the June 2008 issue of Guernica. This event is open...
June 18, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
The Asia Society
"No story matters till it is finished and the only stories that need telling are the ones whose endings do not fulfill us," writes Fae Myenne Ng in Steer Toward Rock (Hyperion 2008). Steer is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Ng's first novel Bone (Hyperion 1993), a classic of Asian American literature and not since Bone, has a work so...
June 17, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
This event is open to the public; $5 donation is suggested. In his second novel, The Age of Shiva (W.W. Norton, 2008), Manil Suri chronicles the life of Meera Sawhney, an exquisitely fleshed out woman who comes of age during India's partition. A lush, witty, expansive novel, Shiva spans from Indian politics and mythology to Meera's...
June 12, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Parents and teachers, having trouble finding Young Adult novels that speak to you and your kids? Fusion Stories is a new website that aims to tell Asian American stories for this generation of young readers. These aren't traditional tales set in Asia or stories of hard-scrabbling immigrants. Instead, Fusion Stories offers fun,...
June 5, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Drop by this Thursday for three of your favorite things: beer, treats and The Asian American Writers' Workshop. You're invited to our Open House -- a great chance to snack, mingle, and learn more about the Workshop. Meet the Workshop's new Executive Director, Ken Chen, as well as some of...
May 15, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Join us for an evening of short fiction by The Asian American Writers' Workshop's young adult writers. This past spring, as part of a workshop called UnFairy Tales: The Myths in Myths, students questioned traditional myths and wrote their own. In this final performance, they'll read their own UnFairy Tales,...
May 10, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Jen Sookfong Lee and Preeta Samarasan
Jennifer Sookfong Lee's The End of East(Thomas Dunne Books, 2008) explores isolation, immigration, and romance in Vancouver's Chinatown through the eyes of a Chinese Canadian woman in her early twenties. Set on the outskirts of Ipoh in Malaysia, Preeta Samarasan's The Evening Is The Whole Day, reveals the secrets that lead to...
May 9, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Indran Amirthanayagam and Brenda Shaughnessy
Poems of loss and love... In The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2007), Indran Amirthanayagam memorializes the Asian Tsunami in 2004. "I hid your life vest in the death trap on purpose, my love" begins the speaker in "Three Sorries" one of the many spunky and perverse poems in Brenda...
May 6, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
PEN America Center
PEN America Center and The Asian American Writers' Workshop co-host a Saturday morning brunch for young writers. Teen writers are cordially invited to break bread with, chat with, and present their writing to novelist Kashmira Sheth (The Keeping Corner) and Simon & Schuster editor Sulay Hernandez (Final Theory). Former microbiologist Kashmira Sheth writes...
May 3, 2008
11:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Goil Amornvivat, Parsons The New School for Design, and Design Within Reach Annex
The Workshop is getting a makeover -- with the help of Goil Amornvivat of TLC's "Trading Spaces," Parsons The New School for Design, and Design Within Reach Annex. Buy furniture at the DWR Annex in New Jersey from May 3 through 11 and a percentage of sales will go to...
May 3, 2008
12:00 AM
DWR Annex
55 Hartz Way
Seacaucus, NJ 07094
R. Zamora Linmark and Nina Revoyr
Two writers read from their upcoming works. R. Zamora Linmark is the author of the acclaimed Rolling The R's (Kaya/Muae, 1997), and Prime Time Apparitions (Hanging Loose Press, 2005) as well as Leche (2008) and Evolution of A Sigh which is forthcoming from Hanging Loose Press in April 2008. Nina Revoyr is the author of Necessary Hunger (St. Martin's Griffin, 1998) and Southland (Akashic Books, 2003),...
May 1, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar
Edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar Hosted by W.W. Norton & Company and the Rubin Museum of Art with The Asian American Writers' Workshop Multiple readings, book signing, DJ, bar, celebration. Language for a New Century celebrates the artistic and cultural forces flourishing today in the East, bringing...
April 25, 2008
7:00 PM
Rubin Museum
K2 Lounge, 150 West 17th Street
New York City
Jaed Coffin and Kao Kalia Yang
A night of Southeast Asian American memoir. Six years ago at the age of twenty-one, Jaed Muncharoen Coffin, a half-Thai American man, left New England to visit his mother's native village of Panomsarakram-thus fulfilling a familial obligation. A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo, 2008), part armchair travel, part coming-of-age story, is...
April 3, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Meena Alexander, Jessica Hagedorn and Kimiko Hahn
In conversation, chaired by Harold Augenbraum. Three Asian American women writers address questions of literary form and taboo, body and community, voice and text, dream and reality, and what it is to write across multiple borders. Born in 1951 in Allahabad, India, Meena Alexander began writing poetry at ten years old. While...
March 20, 2008
4:00 PM
Segal Theater of the Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street
New York City
Chitrita Banerji and Jennifer 8. Lee
Join us for a sumptuous evening of food-themed tales. In The Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Twelve, 2008), New York Timesreporter Jennifer 8. Lee chronicles her search for the world's best Chinese restaurant with a mix of in-depth research and entertaining personal anecdotes. Culinary historian, Chitrita Banerji has narrated her love of food in several volumes her latest being Eating...
March 13, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Tracy K. Smith and Tina Chang
Curated by Tracy K. Smith and Tina Chang Cosponsored by Cave Canem The Asian American and African American communities gather for a night of brilliant poetry. Readings by Meena Alexander, Jeffery Renard Allen, Regie Cabico, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, R. Erica Doyle and Bakar Wilson. Meena Alexander's poetry includes Illiterate Heart, winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award, Raw...
March 6, 2008
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Ed Lin, Lisa Chen and Tao Lin
An evening of fiction and poetry. In This Is a Bust (Kaya Press, 2007), Ed Lin turns the conventions of hard-boiled pulp stories on their head by exploring the unexotic and very real complexities of New York City's Chinatown, circa 1976, through the eyes of a Chinese-American cop. Mouth (Kaya Press, 2007), Lisa Chen's debut collection of poetry,...
February 13, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Susan Choi
In a discussion with Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Harold Augenbraum, Choi will talk about her latest book, A Person of Interest (Penguin, 2008), a vision of a life turned upside-down in the aftermath of a Unabomber-type attack. The novel explores the ethnic, social and psychological dimensions of...
February 1, 2008
6:30 PM
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City
Li-Young Lee and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Join us for an evening of poetry. Pinocchio, Madama Butterfly's son, and a boy clown are a few of the characters that Jennifer Kwon Dobbs imagines in Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press, 2007). Playful, erotic, at times mysterious, Li-Young Lee's Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008) describes the immanent value...
January 31, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Luis Francia
A free workshop for teachers of high school seniors and first-year college students. Complimentary copies of Workshop anthologies with teachers' guides. Call 212.494.0061 to register. FREE
December 8, 2007
1:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway and 5th Avenue)
New York New York
AAWW
Celebrating a decade of excellence in Asian American Literature. Congratulations to the 2007 Asian American Literary Award winners, Linh Dinh, Amitav Ghosh, and Samrat Upadhyay. Presentation of winning books, cocktail reception, booksigning and surprise announcement of the Members' Choice Workshop Award! $12 general, $10 members, Free for students with ID Thanks to Singha...
November 29, 2007
7:00 PM
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street (btwn Houston and Prince Streets)
New York New York
Mary Beth Brooker, D.W. Gibson, Anoo Siddiqi, and Tracy K. Smith
Four monologues by Mary Beth Brooker, D.W. Gibson, Anoo Siddiqi and Tracy K. Smith about their relationships with their fathers, performed by Nandita Chandra, Craig Edwards, Mark Gowers, and Derek Lucci. Directed by Dawn Akemi Saito. Mary Beth Brooker Mary Beth Brooker, writer, visual artist, mother, lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with...
November 17, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Toshiro Suzue
A staged reading, directed by James Yaegashi A hot summer day somewhere in nowhere Japan. A friend waits. A friend comes. A friend leaves. This simple story of two friends humorously and poignantly reminds us of the sweetness and pain of connecting with another human being. Written early in his...
November 16, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Poets & Writers
Wouldn't quit the day job--but you love poetry nevertheless. A panel discussion with Alice Quinn, (Poetry Society of America/The New Yorker), Deborah Garrison (poet/Alfred A. Knopf editor), and Joseph Legaspi (poet/Kundiman codirector), moderated by Quang Bao on getting your poems and manuscripts edited and published. A frank conversation about creating a life as a poet, including residencies,...
November 8, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
Michael Ondaatje
6pm (VIP cocktail reception), 7:30pm (Reading) In partnership with The Consulate General of Canada - New York, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Singha Beer and Moti Hasson Gallery. One of the most exciting voices in contemporary literature, Michael Ondaatje reads from his favorite works. A stunning fusion of jazz rhythms,...
October 25, 2007
7:30 PM
Moti Hasson Gallery
535 West 25th Street (btwn 10th and 11th Aves)
Chelsea arts gallery district, New York City New York
Mark Habana and Harry Ramos
Open mic. Poetry. Found words. Prose. Drama. Music by DJ Justin Woo. Please arrive early to sign up for the open mic. Two Warriors is a New-York based poetry duo that found life at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in 2002 by bringing together stories of love, peace, family, tribute...
September 27, 2007
7:00 PM
The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor (btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
New York New York
The Workshop is pleased to support the 4th Biennial APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit! The APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit is the largest national gathering of APIA spoken word artists, performers, writers, community leaders and arts educators. It is a three-day event with a mission to challenge the...
August 3, 2007
12:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Nicholas Chung, Mrigaa Sethi and Kaori Suzuki
Co-sponsored by Kundiman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Continuing our support for emerging writers, we are excited to present a showcase of poets and fiction writers from our workshops, with Nicholas Chung, Ilisa Lam, Mrigaa Sethi, Antonius Wiriajada and Helena Zhang. See them here first before they get too hot to touch! Nicholas Chung lives...
July 25, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Participants of our summer youth writing workshop -- Txt Me: Identity and Community -- will give a reading performance at The Asian American Writers' Workshop! In this eight-day workshop, participants have explored the use of fiction writing, creative journalism, and poetry through one of the newest mediums for writers: the blog....
July 19, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Brian Leung
In his debut novel, Lost Men, (Shaye Areheart Books, 2007) Brian Leung explores cultural identity, the meaning of family, and the pressures of fate as characters confront their complex pasts. Westen Chan vividly remembers the day he lost both his parents - his mother to a car accident, and his...
June 14, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Helena Zhang and Brynn Saito
Let the summer begin! Join us for an evening of readings by ten emerging writers. Five poets from New York University and five from Sarah Lawrence College share their work in a dynamic bridging of two creative communities. Poets featured include Brynn Saito, M. Rebekah Otto, Ivanna Yi, Brandon C. Dumont,...
May 4, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Authors of both fiction and nonfiction discuss how New York features in their work and ponder the endless and mysterious allure of what is arguably the world's cultural capital. Featuring Jorge Franco, Eduardo Lago and Suketu Mehta; moderated by Connie Rosenblum of the New York Times. This event is free,...
April 27, 2007
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
In Firewife: A Story of Fire and Water (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007), Tinling Choong draws on the ancient Chinese creation legend of Nuwa and the battle between fire and water to give a modern story of how women are connected throughout time. Anchee Min's new book, The Last Empress (Houghton...
April 17, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Curated and hosted by Ishle Yi Park Co-sponsored by Lady Leisure, Blue Rabbit Productions, Sulu Series A night of music and poetry featuring Tina Chang, Lisa Chen, Luis Francia, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Ed Lin, Pat Rosal, Thad Rutkowski, and Lisa Yun. Music by DJ Mas; musical guest Vudou...
April 6, 2007
9:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Cave Canem
Click here for more information about Cave Canem. The Asian American and African American communities gather for a night of brilliant poetry and music. The night will include readings by Elizabeth Alexander, Justin Chin, Kimiko Hahn, Linda Susan Jackson, Gregory Pardlo, Vijay Seshadri and the musical stylings of Patrick Rosal in collaboration with Aracelis Girmay. This event is curated by Tina...
March 8, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
In recent years, there has been unprecedented attention paid to the Third World and the economic and social success and failures of its post-colonial nations. Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (The New Press, 2007), discusses the history of the developing world and its current...
February 22, 2007
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Since 1998, the Workshop has been recognizing excellence in Asian American literature through our annual awards ceremony. Join us in making this year's event the best yet. Here's to throwing prose, cocktails, and well-deserved kudos into the shaker and seeing what comes out, awarding the best in Asian American fiction,...
December 4, 2006
7:00 PM
The Asia Society
725 Park Ave at 70th Street
New York NY
Luis Francia
The year 2006 marks the centennial of Filipino immigration to the United States. Readings by Fil-Am writers Lisa Ascalon, Gina Apostol, Marlon Unas Esguerra, Luis Francia, Sarah Gambito and Tai Yo. Honoring those who preceded them, reflecting the creative literature penned by generations of Filipino and Filipino-Americas. In conjunction with "Moving Archipelago: A Century of Writing Filipino...
November 16, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
New York Theatre Workshop
This event is co-sponsored with the New York Theatre Workshop. In literature (and perhaps in other art forms) fathers receive less attention than mothers. If men are raised to be the strong and silent type, how do we know who they are and how do they shape and challenge our...
November 11, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Poets & Writers
Short fiction has been wildly popular at times in American literature and a chosen first form for emerging writers. In Speed Dating Round 2: Short Story Clinic, short story writers are paired up one-on-one with editors. Personal feedback, professional advice and criticism make this a valuable opportunity for writers to...
October 28, 2006
10:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Array
Religions for Peace, a growing global network of inter-religious councils and groups, harnesses the power of cooperation among the world's faith communities to help stop war, end poverty, and protect the earth. Join editors Andrea Louie and Johnny Lew for a special launch event to mark the publication of the...
October 26, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Array
This event is co-sponsored with the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute at NYU and The National Book Foundation. It was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Dept of Cultural Affairs. Please join us in acknowledging one of the most important novels of the 20th century....
September 29, 2006
9:30 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Come to our anniversary party! Celebrating 15 years of literary journeys, poetic revelry, prose persuasions, and love and support for Asian American literature. Meet and mingle with writers and artists to raise a toast to the Workshop. Presentation of The Lifetime Achievement Award to Maxine Hong Kingston by Jessica Hagedorn and the announcement of...
September 28, 2006
7:00 PM
AAWW Anniversary Party General Reception
35 Wooster Street
New York NY
Participants Wanted Now! Have you ever ... Lived with 47 roommates in a studio apartment? Been sexually harrassed during your internship? Thought you were smarter than your boss? Gone on the date from hell? Stolen a chandelier from an open house at a loft you could never afford? Then, we...
July 18, 2006
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Authors Jenny Han, Justina Chen Headley, Grace Lin and David Yoo read from their novels and talk about writing children's and young adult fiction, subverting stereotypes and creating Asian American characters that reflect reality in literature for youth. This event is $5 at the door and free for Workshop members. Co-sponsored with the Coalition for Asian American...
May 4, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Array
Geography is literary destiny. Come attend a panel discussion featuring women writers from four continents on the powerful notions of home, how gender differences influence a writer's literary landscape, what women writers around the world have in common, and if there is such a thing as a female imagination. Featured...
April 28, 2006
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Poets & Writers Magazine
If you are writing a book or have completed one, you will need an agent. Where? How? Who? Learn how to avoid the painful, expensive process of sending out manuscripts yourself blindly and waiting for rejection letters by attending a panel discussion featuring four top literary agents sharing expertise on...
April 25, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Ed Bok Lee
Poet Ed Bok Lee presents a night of poetry and music with special guests Pablo Medina, Taiyo Na and Purvi Shah. In Real Karaoke People, poems and prose combine tradition and pop culture with the energy of hip-hop, the off-key voices of karaoke, and a girl's wicked drawl that first crackled through a KFC late-night drive-thru speaker. Ed Bok...
April 15, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Mong-Lan and Paolo Javier
Mong-Lan is the author of Song of the Cicadas (Juniper Prize, UMASS Press, 2001), which won the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award, and was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber Award. Her second book is Why is the Edge Always Windy?(Tupelo Press, 2005). Honors include a Pushcart Prize,...
March 30, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Asian American and African American poets
Readings by Asian American and African American poets Tina Chang holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, and the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2004), among others, and is the author of a collection of poetry, Half-Lit Houses (Four Way...
March 23, 2006
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Editors & Agents
Want/need professional advice and criticism from publishing professionals? Here is your chance to have a one-on-one discussion about your work, the publishing market and getting an agent/book contract. 1. Email us an attachment of a short story, novel excerpt with 1-paragraph synopsis or book proposal (20-page limit). Include your name, contact information...
February 25, 2006
10:00 AM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Marilyn Chin, Luis Francia, Eric Gamalinda,Kimiko Hahn, Ishle Yi Park, Vijay Seshadri, Barbara Tran and Shanxing Wang
Opening remarks by Arthur Sze. Dedicated to the memory of law professor, civil rights leader and musician/poet Chris Iijima. Copresented with The Poetry Society of America and The New School Graduate Writing Program. For tickets, call 212-229-5488, $10 general, $7 for students and members.
February 23, 2006
7:30 PM
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, Fifth Floor
New York City
PEN American Center
In collaboration with Symphony Space's Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story and PEN's Freedom To Write. Three short stories from Iran and Indonesia. Curated by Larry Siems and Quang Bao. "The Letter Writer" by M.T. Sharif. Read by actor Joe Morton. "Inem" by Pramoedya Ananta Toer from the...
February 8, 2006
12:00 AM
Symphony Space, Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York City
Phan, Tran and Truong
An adoptee with synesthesia, love poems, Operation Babylift, mistaken identities. A night of short story, poetry and prose with three Vietnamese American women writers. Booksigning and reception. In collaboration with The Drawing Center, on the occasion of the exhibition Persistent Vestiges: Drawing from the American-Vietnam War, on view through February 11....
January 24, 2006
6:30 PM
The Drawing Center in Soho
35 Wooster Street (btwn Broome and Grand Streets)
New York City
Poets & Writers Magazine
You wrote it, you showed it, you loved it (still). Now learn how to improve your chances of getting a short story published. A panel discussion featuring four top short story editors at major magazines and literary journals on how to crack the submissions pile and get your work out...
December 8, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute
Curated by Fred Ho. In Heartbeat of Struggle (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), Diane C. Fujino traces the life of one of the most prominent and widely respected Asian American activists to emerge from the 1960’s human rights movements. Join AAWW in celebrating this biographical tribute to Yuri Kochiyama. The program will...
November 10, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
The Asia Society and NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute
Andrew Lam’s Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora (Heyday Books, 2005) and Quang X. Pham’s A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey (Ballantine, 2005). Lam offers a journalistic eye on the Vietnam of today, mixed with memoirs and personal essays. Pham, a childhood refugee turned US Marine, bridges the past and...
October 27, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW
A free informational session about a new funding program providing grants to individual artists in Literature, Dance and Film/Video from Jerome Foundation President Cynthia Gehrig. Open to individuals from all different ethnicities, ages and economic backgrounds living in the five boroughs of New York City. 4:30 – 6pm at the...
October 27, 2005
4:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW
Join Workshop Board members Lilia Villanueva and Luis Francia at TAMA Gallery in Tribeca for a special Workshop party. Proceeds for items and art sold at the reception go to support youth writing initiatives. Special guest star MacArthur Genius grant recipient, novelist and playwright Han Ong. Works on paper by...
October 20, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute
Pope Benedict 16th (previously Cardinal Ratzinger) predicted that Buddhism would replace Marxism as the Catholic Church’s main enemy. At the same time, it is growing at a rapid clip around the world. World renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University Dr....
October 11, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Van Lier Fellows 2005
The Workshop’s open mic series continues…bring your poems, rants, monologues, diary entries, blog downloads, op/eds, guitars, magic acts. Put your name in a hat to see if you’re lucky enough to score 4 minutes at the mic. Featuring readings and performances from VL Fellows N. Rain Noe and Timothy Mullaney....
September 23, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
AAWW
Come celebrate our 14th birthday! On September 15, all books, journals, poetry volumes, short stories, novels and anthologies will be sold at $5. Really. Phone orders accepted at 212.494.0061. In-house sale from 12noon to 7pm.
September 15, 2005
12:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
In Inheritance (W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), Hong retraces her family’s history by piecing together the story of her mother and aunt—sisters once inseparable, now in a state of bitterness and estrangement. A provocative take on a story of desire, love and family strife, spanning seven decades from 1930’s China to 1990’s...
June 15, 2005
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10001