Upcoming Events

WORKSHOP: POSTCOLONIAL ASTROLOGY
Alice Sparkly Kat
4 Sessions, Thursdays, May 5/6-5/27, 7 PM ET Sliding Scale $100-$200  Register here! Tapping into the political power of magic and astrology for social, community, and personal transformation, Alice Sparkly Kat’s cross-cultural approach to astrology as a magical language unmasks the political power of astrology, showing how it can be...
May 6, 2021
7:00 PM


Pop Song
Larissa Pham, R. O. Kwon
RSVP HERE! This May, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop will join Larissa Pham in celebrating her nonfiction debut, Pop Song. Finding inspiration in contemporary art, pop culture, and poetry – from Agnes Martin to Anne Carson – Pop Song is by turns intimate, vulnerable, and inventive, crafting a “perfectly fractured...
May 12, 2021
7:00 PM


The Chosen and the Beautiful
Nghi Vo, R. F. Kuang
RSVP HERE! In June, the Asian American Writers' Workshop joins Books Are Magic to celebrate the launch of Nghi Vo's highly anticipated new novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful. This queer, speculative Great Gatsby retelling remixes and reinvents a classic, "subvert[ing] and expand[ing] the possibilities of an American story" (K-Ming...
June 1, 2021
7:00 PM


Past Events

Angel & Hannah
Ishle Yi Park and Willie Perdomo
RSVP HERE! Ishle Yi Park, the first woman poet laureate of Queens, joins the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to celebrate the launch of Angel & Hannah, a novel of dynamic free verse. The book follows Hannah, a Korean American girl from Queens, and Angel, a Puerto Rican boy from Brooklyn,...
May 11, 2021
7:00 PM


We Have Lived This Ending Before
Dr. Khairani Barokka, Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio
RSVP HERE! This May, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop joins the Poetry Coalition, a vital national alliance of more than 25 independent poetry organizations, in curating a program exploring the theme “It is burning./ It is dreaming./ It is waking up.: Poetry & Environmental Justice.” The line “It is burning./...
May 4, 2021
7:00 PM


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic + Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jaden Fields, J Mase III, and Demian DinéYazhi'
RSVP HERE! *We will call for open mic performers closer to the date of this event. This event takes place in a Zoom Meeting-- RSVP to receive the link to the Zoom room shortly before the event. Captions provided. ASL Interpretation provided by Pro Bono ASL. Mic Check! Are you...
April 27, 2021
7:00 PM


Radical Thinkers: Kadji Amin and Rajiv Mohabir
Kadji Amin, Rajiv Mohabir
RSVP HERE!  Our series Radical Thinkers places radical academics directly in conversation with trailblazing writers, poets, and artists, creating and nurturing two-way dialogues that will interrogate some of the most pressing issues facing Asian and Asian diasporic communities today. Featuring an interdisciplinary lineup of scholars and creatives, these unexpected pairings...
Crying in H Mart
Michelle Zauner and Hrishikesh Hirway
RSVP HERE! This April, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop will partner with indie bookstore Books Are Magic to celebrate musician Michelle Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying In H Mart. Best known for her work as the musician Japanese Breakfast, Zauner’s memoir is an astonishing debut: a rich, intimate, and lyrical story...
April 22, 2021
7:00 PM


Women Warriors: A Solidarity Reading
RSVP HERE! "I had forgotten this chant that was once mine, given me by my mother, who may not have known its power to remind. She said I would grow up a wife and a slave, but she taught me the song of the warrior woman, Fa Mu Lan. I...
April 8, 2021
7:00 PM


How Much of These Hills is Gold
C Pam Zhang, Karen Chee
RSVP HERE!  In April, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop will celebrate the paperback launch of C Pam Zhang’s debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold, which was longlisted for The Booker Prize, among other accolades. Since its publication last spring, this haunting, spare, and achingly beautiful novel has...
April 6, 2021
7:00 PM


Fireside Chat
Piyali Bhattacharya, Jafreen Uddin
RSVP HERE! Our quarterly Fireside Chat series brings an Asian author, artist, or academic into conversation with Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of AAWW. This March, Jafreen will be joined by writer, editor, and professor Piyali Bhattacharya to share updates from the Workshop, and to discuss AAWW from a writers’ perspective....
March 30, 2021
7:00 PM


2020 Margins Fellows and Mentors Reading
Sarah Thankam Mathews, Joseph Lee, Emily Lee Luan, Emperatriz Ung, Carmen Maria Machado, Susan Choi, Mitchell S. Jackson, Wendy Xu
RSVP HERE The Margins Fellowship was first established in 2014, as part of AAWW’s 30-year tradition of supporting emerging writers of color. A home for the next generation of Asian diasporic literature, the Margins Fellowship supports four emerging writers each year through an innovative mix of mentorship, financial support, residency,...
Anti-Asian Violence and Black-Asian Solidarity Today
Tamara K. Nopper
This *Free* Zoom Webinar has a cap of 100 attendees. Overflow will be directed to the livestream on AAWW's Youtube channel. Live captions provided. RSVP HERE! On March 23rd at 6 PM ET, join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for a lecture with Tamara K. Nopper. This lecture will last...
The City of Good Death
Priyanka Champaneri and Marjan Kamali
RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop and Restless Books for a celebration of Priyanka Champaneri's debut novel, The City of Good Death. Priyanka will be in conversation with special guest Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop. Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, The...
March 11, 2021
7:00 PM


Northern Light
Kazim Ali and Billy-Ray Belcourt
RSVP HERE! Acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist Kazim Ali joins the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Milkweed Editions to launch his new memoir, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. Northern Light, a sensitive and elegantly structured exploration of land and power, is told through Ali’s recollections of his...
March 9, 2021
7:00 PM


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic + Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Faylita Hicks, Jubi Arriola-Headley
RSVP here! MOUTH to MOUTH, Thursday, 2/25/2021, 7PM-8:30PM ET Featuring Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Jubi Arriola Headley, & Faylita Hicks **This event will be captioned** Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic and showcase, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted...
February 25, 2021
7:00 PM


Workshop: Astrophysics and Found Poetry
Janani Balasubramanian and Afra Ashraf
REGISTER HERE. One Session, 2 hrs, 6:30 PM ET–8:30 PM ET Cap: 20 Students *This workshop takes place over Zoom. Seats are limited. Tuition is sliding scale $50-$100.* Join us for a one-session workshop with Janani Balasubramanian and Afra Ashraf! Found poetry is a practice of creatively reordering, redacting, and...
February 11, 2021
6:30 PM


Brown Baby
Nikesh Shukla, Mira Jacob
RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is delighted to celebrate the launch of writer Nikesh Shukla’s new memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family, and Home. An intimate look at love, grief, and fatherhood, Shukla’s memoir “bears witness to our turbulent times” (Bernardine Evaristo) with humor, honesty, and...
February 6, 2021
12:00 PM


My Year Abroad
Chang-rae Lee and Bryan Washington
RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as we celebrate award-winning writer Chang-rae Lee’s electrifying new novel, My Year Abroad. A surprising, tender, and humorous work, My Year Abroad is a story unique to Chang-rae Lee’s immense talents as a writer, and explores the division between East and West,...
February 4, 2021
7:00 PM


Land of Big Numbers
Te-Ping Chen and Charles Yu
RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for the official launch of Te-Ping Chen’s extraordinary debut short story collection, Land of Big Numbers. Assured and immersive, the stories in Land of Big Numbers move confidently between the United States and China, shifting from realism to magical realism, and forming...
February 2, 2021
7:00 PM


Siblings in Liberation: Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities Launch
Black Women Radicals, Asian American Feminist Collective, Cecile Afable, Zuri Gordon, Kate Zen, SX Noir, and Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey
RSVP HERE! Where do we want to go together? Join us for a celebration and launch of the Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities project, an ongoing commitment to practicing solidarity together, which has found a home on AAWW’s The Margins. Solidarity at its core is about relationships. We believe in...
Radical Thinkers
Simon Han and Tahseen Shams
RSVP HERE! Our series Radical Thinkers places radical academics directly in conversation with trailblazing writers, poets, and artists, creating and nurturing two-way dialogues that will interrogate some of the most pressing issues facing Asian and Asian diasporic communities today. Featuring an interdisciplinary lineup of scholars and creatives, these unexpected pairings...
January 26, 2021
7:00 PM


Imagining Identity Across the Pond
Romalyn Ante, Will Harris, and April Yee
RSVP HERE! This January, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and London-based writer April Yee present a reading with two of the UK’s leading poets: Will Harris (RENDANG) and Romalyn Ante (Antiemetic for Homesickness). This vibrant reading will incorporate visual objects and oral choruses to meet the complexities of communicating beyond...
January 23, 2021
12:00 PM


Advance virtual screening & talkback of MINARI
Lee Isaac Chung, Min Jin Lee
Tickets to the film screening are now SOLD OUT. The post-screening discussion between writer/director Lee Isaac Chung and author Min Jin Lee will be livestreamed on the AAWW YouTube channel on January 13 at 8:00pm ET. RSVP Here!  On Wednesday, January 13, we are partnering with A24 to celebrate Korean...
The Past is Not for Living In: Gish Jen and Meng Jin
Gish Jen, Meng Jin
RSVP HERE! Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for our first event of the new year: a joint paperback launch of Gish Jen’s The Resisters and Meng Jin’s Little Gods. These two novels, released in early 2020, sketch out a dystopian near future that takes aim at several current catastrophes,...
Radical Thinkers: Manan Ahmed & Shahzia Sikander
Manan Ahmed, Shahzia Sikander
Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, this new series, Radical Thinkers, places radical academics directly in conversation with trailblazing writers, poets, and artists, creating and nurturing two-way dialogues that will interrogate some of the most pressing issues facing Asian and Asian diasporic communities today. Featuring an interdisciplinary lineup of...
Poignant Song
Kavita Das, Jafreen Uddin
Author Kavita Das joins Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop in conversation about her book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar. Shankar, who was Grammy-nominated, was the most prominent Indian female musician in the movement that brought Indian music to the West in...
December 10, 2020
8:00 PM


AAWW & Kay Ulanday Barrett Present Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic and Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Venus Selenite, Porsha Olayiwola, and Jake Skeets
Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Kay Ulanday Barrett present Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic and Showcase! Are you a writer? Come share your work at this virtual edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth, a bimonthly showcase dedicated to uplifting Queer, Non-Binary, and Transgender BIPOC poets. Hosted by Kay...
Fireside Chat: R. O. Kwon and Jafreen Uddin
R. O. Kwon, Jafreen Uddin
This December, we are launching a new virtual event series at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Presented quarterly, these virtual “fireside chats” will feature a renowned Asian diasporic author in conversation with Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of AAWW, sharing updates from the Workshop, and discussing AAWW from a writer’s perspective....
Racing the Essay
Cathy Park Hong, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sejal Shah, and Piyali Bhattacharya
This fall, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is celebrating the art of the essay. Featuring longtime poets and fiction writers with debut essay collections out this year, this conversation will take an intersectional look at Asian American identity, genre, gender, race, publishing, and the way the essay form allows writers...
December 1, 2020
7:00 PM


The Voice of Sheila Chandra
Kazim Ali, Sheila Chandra, and Rajiv Mohabir
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is thrilled to celebrate the launch of Kazim Ali’s newest poetry collection, The Voice of Sheila Chandra. Following a reading from Ali’s innovative and musical new collection, he will be joined in conversation by Sheila Chandra and Rajiv Mohabir to discuss sound, silence, and embodied...
November 11, 2020
5:00 PM


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ashna Ali, Donika Kelly, Golden, and Mejdulene B. Shomali
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our first virtual edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW’s fave poets Kay Ulanday Barrett and Ashna Ali, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Donika Kelly, Golden, and Mejdulene B. Shomali. Mouth to Mouth...
October 26, 2020
7:00 PM


"Re-:" An Open City Fellows Reading
Noah Flora, Amir Khafagy, Soumya Shankar, Preeti Varathan, Kate Zen, Noel Pangilinan
This October, join us for a celebratory reading with the 2020 Open City Fellows. We’ll hear from Neighborhood Fellows Noah Flora, Soumya Shankar, Preeti Varathan, and Kate Zen, who have been documenting the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it has being lived on the streets of New York right...
October 22, 2020
7:00 PM


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