About Us

For over 30 years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been dedicated to publishing and amplifying Asian American literary culture. Operating from a radically inclusive ethos, AAWW expands the definition not only of who is a writer, but also of who is Asian American. Through a robust and diverse lineup of programming, AAWW serves as a vital sanctuary space for writers and readers alike. In cultivating and curating the next generation of Asian American storytellers, AAWW works to mobilize the literary community toward a more just future.


Author of Insurrecto

“You find not only your identity at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop—you find a meaningful life of political action, intellectual provocation, historical memory, radical art. The Workshop makes me, as an artist, wish to act.”

We are a publisher, an incubator for emerging writers, a sanctuary space for readers and ideas. We are a community of activists who use our artistry to advocate for and center the voices and ideas on the margins. Our public space is designed for gathering communities and building critical dialogue between literature and movement culture. Here are the ways in which you can experience our work:

Reading Series: Right here at AAWW’s home base in Midtown Manhattan, we host 40 readings every year: one of the most active literary series in one of the world’s busiest cities. Ocean Vuong, Jessica Hagedorn, Min Jin Lee, Amitav Ghosh, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alexander Chee, and Han Kang have all shared their work, in a space intimate enough for audiences to meet authors and to discuss politics and ideas. 

Writing workshops: Students study with world-renowned writers who have included National Book Award finalist Monica Youn, New Yorker contributor Hua Hsu, and award-winning poet Sally Wen Mao. These courses provide small, limited-enrollment groups for emerging writers to meet other writers and hone their craft, while connecting to seasoned authors. Our series provides a more accessible alternative to MFA programs and writing conferences.


Former Poet Laureate of Queens

“The Asian American Writers’ Workshop nurtured and raised me. A home away from home, a nest, a gathering place, a refuge, a resource.”

Digital magazine: The Margins is our award-winning magazine of literature, arts, and ideas, dedicated to inventing the Asian American creative culture of tomorrow. As the editorial arm of AAWW, it draws upon a commitment to social justice to imagine a vibrant, nuanced, multiracial, and transnational Asian America. The Margins is visited by an average of 3,000 people weekly, and has received over a million views since its launch in 2012. The digital magazine currently houses three special projects: 

Open City captures deeply reported stories from Asian immigrant communities across NYC, which are home to a million New Yorkers.

The Transpacific Literary Project (TLP) showcases East and Southeast Asian writers for live events, and publishes new literary work from the region in portfolios for The Margins. 

A World Without Cages (AWWC) fosters and publishes work by incarcerated writers, and brings more Asian American voices into the anti-incarceration movement. 

CreateNow: We run community arts programming in New York City senior centers and public high schools. Taught by teaching artists from our community, CreateNow brings together youth, seniors, and emerging writers into a cross-generational artistic community.

Fellowships: We currently offer two fellowship programs for emerging writers of color based in New York City:

The Margins Fellowship supports writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry through a year-long program that includes a $5,000 grant, mentorship with an established writer, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, publication opportunities, and career guidance. 

The Open City Fellowship is awarded to journalists and nonfiction writers who write from and about New York City’s Asian and Muslim immigrant neighborhoods, including Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Richmond Hill, and Jackson Heights. Over the course of six months, fellows receive a $2,500 grant, publication on Open City, and more.



Author of White Tears

“If poets are unacknowledged legislators, then the AAWW acts as a sort of secret Senate, if not actually laying down the law, then at least acting as a clearing house for information, putting people in touch with each other, and disseminating work by Asians (and our Black and Latino allies) that otherwise might be overlooked by the literary establishment.”


Soleil Davíd
Dana Isokawa
Sofia Koyama
Devyn Mañibo
Noel T. Pangilinan
Tricia Pierson
Mohamad Saleh
Jafreen Uddin
Fabliha Yeaqub

Board of Directors

Manan Ahmed
Alia Aljunied
Jin Auh 
Mariko O. Gordon
Hua Hsu
Anne Ishii
Kirby Kim
Jennifer 8. Lee
Tan Lin
Matt Paco



Curtis Chin
Christina Chiu
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Bino Realuyo

Contributing Editors

Ayesha Raees, Assistant Poetry Editor
Emily Jungmin Yoon, Poetry Editor
Swati Khurana, Fiction Editor
Yi Wei, Assistant Fiction Editor


Members of the AAWW staff are represented by the AAWW Union, founded in 2018, and affiliated with the Technical, Office, and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO.


The following designers and web developers contributed to the design and development this website: Ira Sher, Britt Gudas, Manu Mei-Singh, Andrew Sempere, Anindita Basu Sempere, Eileen Mullin, Axel Jenson, and Emma Lu.