AAWW Radio: New Asian American Writers & Literature
By Asian American Writers' Workshop
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AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, dedicated to social justice but with a sense of humor and weirdness. We curate our events to juxtapose novelists and activists, poets and intellectuals, and bring together people who usually wouldn’t be in the same room. We’ve got it all: from avant-garde poetry to post-colonial politics, feminist comics to lyric verse, literary fiction to dispatches from the racial justice left. AAWW Radio features curated audio from the literary events we hold weekly in our New York City reading room, a legendary downtown art space that hosted Jhumpa Lahiri’s first book party and where Junot Díaz used to play Super Nintendo. Founded in 1991, AAWW is an alternative literary arts space working at the intersection of race, migration, and social justice. A sanctuary for the immigrant imagination, we’re inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. Learn more by visiting aaww.org. Produced by the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
||CleanPoetry Potluck III (ft. Emily Yoon, Wo Chan, Sueyen Juliette Lee, & Kristin Chang)||We’re bringing you another episode of Poetry Potluck featuring audio from our favorite AAWW poetry events and showcasing exciting poets of the moment. In Poetry Potluck 3, we celebrate Emily Jungmin Yoon’s debut collection of poetry, A Cruelty...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoetry Potluck II (ft. Fatimah Asghar & Vivek Shraya)||In Poetry Potluck 2, we have Vivek Shraya and Fatimah Asghar, who read from their poetry books I’m Afraid of Men and If They Come For Us. In Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men, she explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues..||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLola, Asian Grandmas (ft. Kate Gavino, Angela Chen, Vivian Lee, Matt Ortile & Rakesh Satyal)||Has your superstitious grandma ever told you myths that you haven’t been able to forget? In this episode of AAWW Radio, we have critically acclaimed cartoonist and Last Night’s Reading creator Kate Gavino, who has invited some of her favorite...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLosing Faith in The Incendiaries (ft. R.O. Kwon & Alexander Chee)||The Incendiaries is a dark, glittering, and obsessive new novel from R.O. Kwon. It’s a fractured love story, a inside look at a campus cult, and a literary thriller. It’s also already a bestseller. The Incendiaries follows the journey of a...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdoption & Identity (ft. Lee Herrick, Tracy O’Neill, Matthew Salesses, Sung J. Woo, Shinhee Han)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, join us as four authors—Lee Herrick, Tracy O’Neill, Matthew Salesses, and 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...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilipino American Music (ft. Christine Balance, Jessica Hagedorn, Patrick Rosal)||In 2016, we hosted the New York launch of Scholar Christine Bacareza Balance’s book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America, a vital exploration of post-WWII Filipinx literary and musical culture. In this episode of AAWW...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWords on Terror (ft. Solmaz Sharif, Mariam Ghani, Cathy Park Hong, & Rickey Laurentiis)||Two years ago on this month, we celebrated the release of Solmaz Sharif's award-winning debut poetry collection Look. Her poetry bears witness to, in the words of NPR, “war in the Middle East, the war on terror, the devastation ravaged upon families..||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlying & Trying (ft. Bushra Rehman, Quincy Scott Jones, Sadia Shepard, & Jai Dulani)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, we’re celebrating the launch of Marianna’s Beauty Salon, Bushra Rehman’s debut poetry collection that captures the nuances and magic of growing up as a South Asian American femme in Queens. Bushra Rehman reads...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting Asian American Food (ft. Lillian Li, Ligaya Mishan, Naben Ruthnum, & Rohan Kamicheril)||On this episode of AAWW Radio we hear from New York Times Hungry City columnist Ligaya Mishan, Number One Chinese Restaurant author Lilian Li, and Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race author Naben Ruthnum. They read from their work and have a conversation..||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDear Life (ft. Yiyun Li, Porochista Khakpour, & Elif Batuman)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, authors Yiyun Li and Porochista Khakpour discuss how depression and chronic illness have transformed their existence not only as writers, but as people. Author Elif Batuman guides us in a conversation exploring the...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking Caste (ft. Sujatha Gidla, Neel Mukherjee & Gaiutra Bahadur)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, we host a reading on India and caste with writers Neel Mukherjee and Sujatha Gidla. Neel Mukherjee's latest novel, A State of Freedom, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2014, follows the lives of five characters...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen City Presents: Writing About Muslim Women||AAWW’s online magazine Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York City right now. For this episode of AAWW Radio, we listen to AAWW Muslim Community Fellows Roja Heydarpour, Raad...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPersonal in the Political (ft. Hala Alyan, Hayan Charara, Marwa Helal & Tanwi Nandini Islam)||On this episode of AAWW Radio, we’re featuring three Arab American writers exploring the boundaries between personal and political: novelist/poet Hala Alyan and poets Hayan Charara and Marwa Helal. From the Six-Day War and the invasion of Iraq to...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Filipinx Literature (ft. Elaine Castillo, Luis H. Francia, Joseph O. Legaspi & Gina Apostol)||Elaine Castillo's debut novel America is Not the Heart is a vibrant and starkly hilarious novel about the De Vera family who flees Marcos-era Philippines in stages for the immigrant suburbs of the Bay Area. Elaine Castillo joins poets Luis H. Francia...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitI Can't Go On...I'll Go On ft. Patty Yumi Cottrell, Anelise Chen, Eugene Lim, & Lisa Chen||Do you ever feel like your life is in a constant state of crisis? Do you feel like, nevertheless, you persist? On this episode of AAWW Radio, we're featuring three thrilling experimental novelists whose books are about pushing forward against...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemixing Guantanamo Bay (ft. Phil Metres & Ken Chen)||This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Iraq War, so for this episode of AAWW Radio we’re bringing you an interview that AAWW Executive Director Ken Chen hosted with experimental poet Philip Metres back in 2016. Phil Metres is the author of..||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGo Home! Pt. 2||As an Asian American, what is your Wakanda? Did you ever consider it being the obscure 2005 Xbox game Jade Empire? On this episode, we're continuing to highlight the recent launch Go Home!, our anthology of Asian diasporic writers published in...||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGo Home! Pt. 1||We’re highlighting the recent launch of Go Home!, our anthology published in collaboration with the Feminist Press, featuring Asian diasporic writers who imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry...||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoetry Potluck I with Ocean Vuong, Janine Joseph, Wendy Xu, and Jennifer Hayashida||We’re starting a new series called Poetry Potluck featuring audio from our favorite AAWW poetry events and showcasing exciting poets of the moment. In Poetry Potluck 1, we have poets Ocean Vuong, Janine Joseph, and Wendy Xu reading from their work...||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLove and Korean Democracy (ft. Jimin Han, Grace Yoojin Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim)||We're featuring two Korean American novelists, Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, who read from their debut novels that interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics. Both books follow university students in the US and in Seoul as they fall in love,...||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArchive Seance (ft. M. NourbeSe Philip & Phinder Dulai)||We had Canadian experimental poets M. NourbeSe Philip and Phinder Dulai in our space for a reading and conversation on working between poetry and the archive. Phinder Dulai's dream / arteries remixes archival photos, ships manifests, passenger...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpeculative Visions (ft. Ted Chiang & Alice Sola Kim)||We're featuring 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. Junot Díaz wrote, “Ted Chiang is...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhite Tears, Michael Jackson, Cultural Appropriation (ft. Hari Kunzru, Margo Jefferson & Kevin Nguyen)||A special discussion about music and the ghosts of America’s racial past featuring two highly acclaimed authors. A murder mystery, a ghost story, and two cultural tourists collide in Hari Kunzru’s spellbinding novel White Tears, which...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating Nick Joaquin (ft. Gina Apostol, Ninotchka Rosca, Alex Gilvarry, & Melissa R. Sipin)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, we’re celebrating the new edition of works by Nick Joaquin titled The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic. Nick Joaquin is one of the most important writers of the Philippines who is only recently..||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Vs Migration (ft. Shanthi Sekaran, Rinku Sen, & Kavita Das)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, we’re featuring writers and activists confronting our immigration system that threatens families of people of color in this age of xenophobic resurgence. In early 2017, Shanthi Sekaran released her newest novel Lucky...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGood Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion||In late 2016 we celebrated the launch of Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. This is the first anthology to examine the multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families. The title, Good...||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Woman Warrior (feat. Maxine Hong Kingston & Monique Truong)||In 1976, Maxine Hong Kingston published The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. A searing and subtly funny book about who gets to tell our stories, this feminist classic established themes and controversies central to Asian American...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShort Story Invention (ft. Akhil Sharma, Kanishk Tharoor, & Meera Nair)||In this episode of AAWW Radio, we're exploring the craft of the short story with two authors who released short story collections in 2017. The quotidian stories in Akhil Sharma’s new book simmer with a barely hidden, devastatingly emotional...||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecolonizing Tourism (ft. Farzana Doctor, Bani Amor, Tiphanie Yanique & Julia Hori)||Travel writing is a genre rife with fantasies of escape, luxury, and finding oneself through an experience in an unfamiliar place—in other words, colonial tropes. Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative? We’re...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRoxane Gay & Alexander Chee||In 2014, just after the publication of her landmark essay collection Bad Feminist we hosted Roxane Gay in conversation with writer Alexander Chee at our event, The Popular is Political. They spoke about the representation of people of color in pop...||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMigrant Father Fragment (ft. QM Zhang, lê thị diễm thúy, & Hua Hsu)||Q.M. Zhang and lê thị diễm thúy, writers of fragmented, hybridic, family narratives explore themes of immigration, grief, and the father with The New Yorker’s Hua Hsu. A hybrid memoir/novel that’s part espionage, part historical...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSearching for Home (ft. Alia Malek, Dina Nayeri, Rami Karim, and Roja Heydarpour)||Novelist Dina Nayeri, journalist Alia Malek, and poet Rami Karim's work surrounds Middle East politics, revolution, and the refugee experience. You may have read Iranian-American novelist Dina Nayeri’s viral story in The Guardian, “The Ungrateful...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRefugee Requiem (ft. Bao Phi, Patrick Rosal, Sokunthary Svay)||Poets Patrick Rosal, Bao Phi, and Sokunthary Svay confront nationalist mythology with lyrical odes to the America we struggle against, and the one being built through struggle. Patrick Rosal—who the Academy of American Poets honored for writing the...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Face (ft. Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw)||Authors Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw read from their contributions to an innovative new series from Restless books titled THE FACE, which asks writers to offer a guided tour of that most intimate terrain: their own faces. Afterwards they have a conversation..||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAAWW Radio Podcast Teaser||AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. A sanctuary for the immigrant imagination, we’re inventing the future of Asian American liter||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I can’t wait!
So glad this exists!
Now I can listen on my commute and get my Asian American literary fix while I'm on the subway 💕
This is literary MAGIC.
Wow! Loved meeting the staff through intros. The literary magic of AAWW Radio feels like home-- it's like I'm there, even when I'm not :-) Keep 'em coming!