Upcoming Signature Events

December 7, 2021 , 7:00 PM

TELL ME HOW TO BE

Neel Patel, Abdi Nazemian


RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate the launch of Neel Patel's debut novel, Tell Me How to Be, with a reading and 1:1 author conversation with Neel. This "daring, hilarious, poignant" (Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) story of the bond between an Indian-American mother...

Past Signature Events

Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea

December 3, 2021 , 7:00 PM

REMEMBERING OUR INTIMACIES: MOʻOLELO, ALOHA ʻĀINA, AND EA

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Terisa Siagatonu, Noenoe Silva


RSVP HERE! In December we will convene a panel of Pacific Islander poets, activists, and scholars to discuss the driving forces behind their work, and their connections to Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio's forthcoming book  Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea. Incorporating discussions of their creative work and scholarship, our...

Win Me Something

November 13, 2021 , 1:00 PM

WIN ME SOMETHING

Kyle Lucia Wu, T Kira Madden, Pik-Shuen Fung, Yanyi


RSVP HERE! Join us this November for a celebration of former AAWW Margins Fellow Kyle Lucia Wu and her newly released novel, Win Me Something, a self-aware bildungsroman with a deep yearning for belonging, revealing chasms and the malleability of deep-seated relationships. Kyle will be joined in conversation with authors T...

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

November 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM

TASTE MAKERS: SEVEN IMMIGRANT WOMEN WHO REVOLUTIONIZED FOOD IN AMERICA

Mayukh Sen and Monique Truong


Join us as we celebrate Mayukh Sen’s new book, Taste Makers, which brings forward the stories of seven immigrant women whose legacies are complicated and often erased, despite their outsized global influence on food. Their histories unwrap, layer by layer, issues of labor, immigration and gender. Mayukh will be joined in conversation by novelist Monique Truong.

A Love Letter to New York City: 2021 Open City Fellows Final Reading

October 28, 2021 , 7:00 PM

A LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK CITY: 2021 OPEN CITY FELLOWS FINAL READING

Aaisha Bhuiyan, Ayesha Islam, Jessica Jacolbe, Lylla Younes, Teresa Mathew, Hannah Bae, Noel Pangilinan


RSVP HERE! This October, join us for a celebratory reading with our 2021 Open City Fellows, as they read from, and discuss the work they have completed over the course of their Fellowship term. We’ll hear from Open City Neighborhood Fellows Jessica Jacolbe and Teresa Mathew, who have been documenting...

AAWW at 30: Different Versions of Home

October 27, 2021 , 7:00 PM

AAWW AT 30: DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF HOME

Jafreen Uddin, Snighda Sur, Cathy Linh Che, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis


For AAWW at 30, we'll celebrate with leaders of major Asian American organizations and publications the importance of finding a space of our own plus the literal and figurative definitions of home. Moderated by Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman, the panel features our very own Jafreen Uddin, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, and Snigdha Sur of The Juggernaut.

Becoming The Archer: Rachna Nivas & Shruti Swamy

October 14, 2021 , 7:00 PM

BECOMING THE ARCHER: RACHNA NIVAS & SHRUTI SWAMY

Rachna Nivas, Shruti Swamy, Ria DasGupta


AAWW in collaboration with the Leela Dance Collective presents BECOMING THE ARCHER: a conversation on classical dance and literature between world renowned Kathak artist Rachna Nivas and author of The Archer Shruti Swamy.

Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes

October 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM

CONCEPCION: AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY'S FORTUNES

Albert Samaha, Matt Ortile


Join us to celebrate Albert Samaha's powerful new release, Concepcion. This intimate and incisive memoir explores the unjust legacy of imperialism in the Philippines and the pursuit of a dream through the lens of the author's family migration history. Albert will be joined in conversation by writer and editor, Matt Ortile.

Names for Light: A Family History

September 14, 2021 , 5:00 PM

NAMES FOR LIGHT: A FAMILY HISTORY

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Sunisa Manning


RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint's lyric memoir, Names for Light: A Family History, with Thirii and author Sunisa Manning (A Good True Thai). Discussing memory, family, and legacies of postcolonial violence in Southeast Asia, our panel will illuminate connections between their work and craft. ...

The Archer

September 8, 2021 , 8:00 PM

THE ARCHER

Shruti Swamy, Rajiv Mohabir


RSVP HERE! The Asian American Writers' Workshop is kicking off our fall events with a celebration of Shruti Swamy's forthcoming novel, The Archer. This riveting historical novel follows a young woman as she comes of age in India in the 1960s and 70s, defined by the rhythms of Kathak dancing. Shruti...

GHOST FOREST

July 13, 2021 , 7:00 PM

GHOST FOREST

Pik-Shuen Fung, K-Ming Chang


RSVP HERE! In July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop celebrates the launch of former AAWW Margins fellow Pik-Shuen Fung's highly anticipated new novel, Ghost Forest. This powerful debut explores migration and grief, joy and sorrow, through the eyes of an unnamed protagonist as she travels through the collective memories of...

#WETOO

July 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM

#WETOO


RSVP HERE! This July, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together writers who contributed to #WeToo, a collection of essays, poems, creative nonfiction, and experimental works, published by the Journal of Asian American Studies and AAWW's The Margins in February. Edited by erin Khuê Ninh and Shireen Roshanravan, the #WeToo reader served...

LINGO

June 10, 2021 , 7:00 PM

LINGO

Anik Khan, Clover Hope


RSVP HERE! This summer, the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings together hip-hop artist and activist Anik Khan and music journalist and writer Clover Hope to discuss the intersections in Black and Brown musical cultures. Speaking to music, community, citizenship, and more, they will dive into shared musical influences, from Bangladesh...

The Chosen and the Beautiful

June 1, 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...

Angel & Hannah

May 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM

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,...

Crying in H Mart

April 22, 2021 , 7:00 PM

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...

Women Warriors: A Solidarity Reading

April 8, 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...

The City of Good Death

March 11, 2021 , 7:00 PM

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...

Northern Light

March 9, 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...

Brown Baby

February 6, 2021 , 12:00 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...

My Year Abroad

February 4, 2021 , 7:00 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,...

Radical Thinkers

January 26, 2021 , 7:00 PM

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...

The Past is Not for Living In: Gish Jen and Meng Jin

January 12, 2021 , 7:00 PM

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,...