Upcoming Events

Poetry Poetry: A Special Crossover Edition
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Addie Tsai, & Amanda Galvan Huynh
This month, we're bringing you an extra-special edition of our classic poetry reading series, Poetry Poetry: a Special Crossover Edition. Join us for a reading featuring poetry & prose writers Kay Ulanday Barrett (When the Chant Comes), Jimena Lucero, Addie Tsai (Dear Twin), & Amanda Galvan Huynh (Songs of Brujería)....
December 17, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan New York 10001
Queer Longings & Longevity: A Workshop
Kay Ulanday Barrett
“Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of the negative and toiling in the present. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." - José Esteban Muñoz Queer Longings & Longevity is exploratory and generative and...
January 14, 2020
6:30 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
Presented by Asian Musical Voices of America: A Reading, Performance, & Panel
This event is supported by the Music of Asian America Research Center & co-sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Despite a presence in the world of classical music, the experiences of Asian classical musicians often go unexplored. The Asian Musical Voices of America is a platform where these stories...
January 16, 2020
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
New York NY 10001

Past Events

Writing Kashmir: Literature and Resistance Under Occupation
Ather Zia, Samia Shafi, Maryam Mir
For too long, the voices of Kashmiris have been muted by India's military occupation there and the positioning of Kashmir as a pawn in the dispute between India and Pakistan.  India's clampdown on communication in Kashmir--under which writers and dissidents are under assault, internet and phone lines are cut, and...
December 13, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
Manhattan New York 10001
Overstep Comedy Variety Show
Jatin Chhugani, Andy Shartzer, Helen Shih, and Otter Lee
  Overstep is an all Asian sketch comedy collective dedicated to increasing diversity and kicking ass! Celebrate the holiday season with a fun hour of sketch comedy, stand-up, and more by the Overstep team and their funny Asian friends! RSVP HERE! $5 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away...
December 12, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street
Manhattan New York 10001
AAWW HOLIDAY BOOK BASH
AAWW Staff & DJ Set by OHYUNG
Celebrate the holidays with us at the AAWW Book Bash! We’re thrilled to celebrate the end of 2019 with a fundraiser and holiday party. The Book Bash will include raffle prizes, free drinks and cake, a DJ set by OHYUNG, karaoke hour at the end of the night, and most...
December 10, 2019
5:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Staceyann Chin, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero
  Mic check! Are you a writer? Mouth to Mouth is a space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists to perform their work. Inspired by Asia Society Museum’s current exhibition Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence that explores banned books and the history of censorship in China, this month's Mouth to...
December 6, 2019
6:00 PM
Asia Society New York
725 Park Ave, New York, New York 10021
New York, NY 10001
2019 Margins Fellows + Mentors Reading
Amanda Ajamfar, Yuxi Lin, Abigail Savitch-Lew, Sabrina Imbler, Zaina Arafat, Tina Chang, Ed Yong, & Lisa Ko
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Margins Fellowship was first established in 2014, as part of AAWW’s 25 year tradition of incubating emerging writers of color. A hub for the next generation of Asian American literature, the Margins Fellowship materially improves the lives of emerging writers of color through an innovative...
December 3, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York New York 10001
WORKSHOP: Sketch Jam!
Overstep
Thursday, Nov 21 1 Session 3 Hours (6PM-9PM) Sliding Scale $50-75. REGISTER HERE! Got an itch for sketch comedy writing but don’t know where to start? Join us for the inaugural Overstep Comedy Sketch Jam! Overstep is an all Asian sketch comedy collective dedicated to increasing diversity & kicking ass....
November 21, 2019
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Trace DePass, Nico Amador
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at the next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted & curated by AAWW fam Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Trace DePass and more. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a...
November 14, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan New York 10001
Art and Politics of Translation: Behind the Scenes
Sora Kim-Russell
The Korean Cultural Center New York in collaboration with Asian American Writers' Workshop and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea invites Sora Kim-Russell, one of today’s top Korean-to-English translators. She will share her experiences and perspectives on career development in literary translation and publishing industry. The talk will be moderated...
November 5, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Our Families, Our Secrets: New Literature by Korean American Writers
Angie Kim, Steph Cha, & Catherine Chung
Every family has secrets—secrets they keep from each other, as well as the ones they keep together. The bonds and scars of family are universal, but they manifest in different ways in every country, as well as in every community and every household. A reading & discussion, authors Steph Cha,...
November 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Authoring Advocacy: Bearing Witness in an Era of Mass Incarceration
Justin Rovillos Monson, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Sarah Wang, Roshan Abraham, Christina Olivares, & Victoria Law
What is the responsibility of writers to confront our era of mass incarceration, and how do we bear witness without assuming voyeuristic or exploitative perspectives? Join us for a reading featuring 2018 PEN America Writing For Justice Fellows Justin Rovillos Monson and Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Asian American Writers Workshop's...
November 1, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Pop Empires: Transnational and Diasporic Flow of India and Korea
S. Heijin Lee, Monika Mehta, and Robert Ji-Song Ku
Two of the contenders vying for the hearts, minds, bandwidths, and pocketbooks of the world’s consumers of popular are India and South Korea. “Bollywood” and “Hallyu” are increasingly competing with “Hollywood”―either replacing it or filling a void in places where it never held sway. Pop Empires connects films, music, television...
October 18, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan New York 10001
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jimena Lucero, Aldrin Valdez, & Cyree Jarelle Johnson
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Co-hosted by AAWW Fam poets Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists. This month's...
October 17, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
The Foley Artist Book Launch: A Reading & Pinoy Party
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Jessica Hagedorn, Sarah Gambito, Joseph O. Legaspi, & music by Gary Gabison
Join us for a raucous reading & celebration of Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s debut collection of stories, The Foley Artist. Co-sponsored by Gaudy Boy and Kundiman. RSVP HERE! $5 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations go to AAWW public programs. The Asian American...
October 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Launch Reading for Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World
Anu Taranath, Bani Amor, Julia MIchiko Hori, & Nadia Misir
What does it mean to care about others in an unequal world? If some of us will always have more opportunity and privilege than others based on wealth, race, and education, what then does global solidarity mean? Whether we're traveling abroad or much closer to home, it's hard to ignore...
October 2, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Barrelhouse Presents: The Future of Desi Literature
Abeer Hoque, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Sarah Thankam Mathews, & Kamil Ahsan
This is a multi-media event featuring the artists and writers of Barrelhouse’s special Desi issue: Road Trips, which put forth an eclectic and diverse range of short fiction art from avant-garde, graphic short stories, Gothic, speculative fiction, philosophical fiction, erotica, and historical fiction. Join us for a reading & discussion...
September 20, 2019
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart: Book Launch
R. Zamora Linmark & Gina Apostol
Join us to celebrate the launch of the ground-breaking, genre-bending Asian American Writers’ Workshop favorite R. Zamora Linmark for his debut YA novel, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WILDE AT HEART. This effortlessly diverse LGBTQ + romance has a cast of characters varying in sexuality, race, and gender, all brought to...
September 19, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
A Mingle with 2019 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Winners
The Common, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, The Margins, and The Offing
Free drinks and snacks while they last! Come out for drinks, snacks, and a short program of literary divination hosted by Whiting Literary Magazine Prize winners The Common, Black Warrior Review, American Short Fiction, The Margins (Asian American Writers Workshop), and The Offing. Contributing authors will attempt to answer your...
September 19, 2019
6:00 PM
LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon BLVD
Long Island City NY 11101
Transnational Sci Fi: A Border-Crossing, Otherworldly Reading & Discussion
Alice Sola Kim, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, & Ruoxi Chen
In 2019, two groundbreaking transnational Sci Fi anthologies were published, Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Sci Fi (Kaya Press) & The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (Hachette India). Join sci fi authors Alice Sola Kim and Nur Nasreen Ibrahim in discussion with Editor Ruoxi Chen...
September 17, 2019
7:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
When the Chant Comes Anniversary, Reading #2: Celebrate 3 Years of QTBIPOC Poetry & Storytelling!
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Joshunda Sanders, Moncho Alvarado, & Jasmine Reid
Join us to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of the release of poetry book, When The Chant Comes by Kay Ulanday Barrett. Consider this a night of bravado and poignant poems that invite a plethora of Queer and BIPOC ingenuity to the stage. A ruckus of evening you don't want...
September 13, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Colonize This! Book Launch: A Reading
Sayeeda Copeland, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jamilah King, Sandra Kumwong, Andrea L. Pino-Silva, Almas Sayeed, Taigi Smith, Amber Taylor, Daisy Hernández, Bushra Rehman, & Music by DJ Rekha
Join us for the book launch of the NEW edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism! The NEW edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism! is a protest to the current political regime in our country. It is a response to the...
August 16, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W 27th Street Suite 600
New York, NY 10001
Home Is....? An Open City Fellows Reading
Hannah Bae, Syma Mohammed, Maryam Mir, Astha Rajvanshi, Mohamad Saleh and Nora Salem
Join us for a special reading with the Open City Fellows. We’ll hear from Neighborhood Fellows Hannah Bae, Syma Mohammed, and Astha Rajvanshi, who have been documenting the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it has being lived on the streets of New York right now; and our Muslim Communities fellows, Maryam...
June 27, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street Suite 600
New York NY 10001
CRAFT TALK & READING: very peak summer solstice (vpss)
Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Stephanie George, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen
Join us for a very special event this summer solstice. Presented by ISSUE Project Room 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Benedict Nguyen, very peak summer solstice (vpss) features performer and performance maker Fana Fraser, poet Jasmine Gibson, dancer and choreographer Annie Heath, and poet Sokunthary Svay. This is their second...
June 18, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Searching for Sylvie Lee
Lisa Ko, Jean Kwok, and Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Join us for a special celebration of Jean Kwok’s new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee, which follows how three women--two sisters and their mother--in a Chinese immigrant family react when the eldest daughter disappears. Julie Otsuka calls it “A heartbreaking, tumultuous ride of a novel that upends our expectations—about family...
June 11, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
Margins Fellows & Mentors Reading
Zena Agha, Ava Chin, Sonya Chung, Pik-Shuen Fung, Jen Lue, Hasanthika Sirisena, Ayesha Raees, and Monica Youn
    The Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Margins fellowship was first established in 2014, as a part of AAWW’s 25 year tradition of incubating emerging writers of color. Every year since, we have awarded four writers a year-long fellowship that provides them with financial support, publication opportunities, work space, mentorship,...
June 6, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St, # 600
New York City NY 10001
New Work by Queer Lebanese Writers
Andrea Abi-Karam and Jennifer Camper
Join us for a special event featuring queer Lebanese writers Andrea Abi-Karam and Jennifer Camper. Selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Kelsey Street Prize, Abi-Karam’s new poetry book EXTRATRANSMISSION is a critique of nationalism, patriarchy, and gender embedded in an explosive trauma narrative. The creator of the biennial Queers &...
May 29, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Asian American Classics
Alexander Chee, Jessica Hagedorn, & Hua Hsu
**Please note: due to an administrative error, this event was originally posted as taking place on May 24th-- this event takes place on May 23rd. Join us for a celebration of four canonical Asian American texts! Whiting Award-winner Alexander Chee reads from East Goes West, Younghill Kang’s 1937 picaresque satire...
May 23, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York New York 10001
The Collected Schizophrenias
Esmé Weijun Wang & Larissa Pham
Join us for a special reading and conversation by novelist Esmé Weijun Wang, whose bestselling new essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias (Gray Wolf 2019) is a “riveting, honest, and courageously allows for complexities in the reality of what living with illness is like” (NPR). Don’t miss this nuanced discussion of...
May 9, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street
New York NY 10001
Asian American Melancholia & Dissociation
David L. Eng, Shinhee Han
Academic David L. Eng and psychotherapist Shinhee Han first met in the mid-1990s when they were brought together by their collective sorrow by a spate of student suicides at Columbia University. Don’t miss this special discussion of their new book, Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation (Duke University Press 2019), which explores...
May 7, 2019
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10001
Armenian Genocide Remembrance
Christopher Janigian, Lola Koundakjian, Nancy Agabian, Raffi Joe Wartanian, Alina Gregorian
Join us for a special reading marking Armenian Genocide Remembrance day, the annual holiday to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Organized by poet Alina Gregorian, this night of remembrance features Lambda and PEN finalist Nancy Agabian, poet Christopher Janigian, poet Lola Koundakjian, and nonfiction writer and...
April 24, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York New York 10001
Guernica Magazine's "Climate Fiction": A Special Issue
Helen Phillips, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Nathan Kensinger, Ken Chen, Karen Holmberg, Eugenia Kisin, Jerome Whitington, & Amy Brady
Co-sponsored by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Climate Working Group and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Asian American Writer’s Workshop. “These stories exemplify the genre of ‘climate fiction,’ or ‘cli-fi,’ by exploring what the world might become if climate change continues unabated. Its roots are in science fiction,...
April 22, 2019
7:00 PM
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1 Washington Place
New York NY 10003
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