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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. 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.

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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. 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.

    Occupied Kashmir: Poetry and Disappearance

    Occupied Kashmir: Poetry and Disappearance

    How do you simultaneously disappear a people and their hope? Can you keep that hope alive through writing?

    On this episode of AAWW Radio, we dive into the current blackout of Indian-occupied Kashmir, the history of enforced disappearances that haunts Kashmiris, and how political writing and poetry, like the work of Agha Shahid Ali, connects Kashmiri diaspora to their home.

    Featuring Professors Ather Zia, Hafsa Kanjwal, Sameetah Agha, and journalist Syma Mohammed.

    • 55 min
    Ep. 19: Remixing Guantanamo Bay (ft. Phil Metres & Ken Chen)

    Ep. 19: Remixing Guantanamo Bay (ft. Phil Metres & Ken Chen)

    Today marks the 18th anniversary of 9/11. We're bringing back our episode from April 9th, 2018 called Remixing Guantanamo Bay where Ken Chen interviews experimental poet Philip Metres. Metres is the author of Sand Opera, the poetry collection that uses redacted texts from Department of Defense manuals for torture sites like Guantanamo Bay to create an aria for the victims of the War on Terror.

    • 29 min
    Womxn Writers on Motherhood (ft. Tina Chang, T Kira Madden, and Sahar Muradi)

    Womxn Writers on Motherhood (ft. Tina Chang, T Kira Madden, and Sahar Muradi)

    Listen to writers Sahar Muradi, T Kira Madden, and Tina Chang  read works about mothers and motherhood. Sahar Muradi shares poems about mental health during pregnancy, T Kira Madden reads a scene from her memoir in which her mother tends to her daughter’s lice-infested head, and Tina Chang read from her latest collection Hybrida. AAWW Margins Fellows Pik-Shuen Fung and Jen Lue moderate a Q&A with the writers, who speak about their literary mothers, motherhood and multiplicity, and intergenerational hea

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Writing About Asian & Muslim American Neighborhoods

    Writing About Asian & Muslim American Neighborhoods

    Listen this week for stories about Asian & Muslim American neighborhoods in New York City by our 2018 - 2019 Open City Fellows. Writers Mohamad Saleh, Maryam Mir, Syma Mohammed, Hannah Bae, Astha Rajvanshi, and Nora Salem read from pieces that you can find on Open City: on racial tensions in Bay Ridge, a Syrian baker in Brooklyn passionate for baking Baklava; a personal essay on foster care as an Asian American child, and much more.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Rewriting the Language of Incarceration (ft. Sarah Wang, Aviva Stahl, Nicole R. Fleetwood, Madhu Kaza, & Daniel A. Gross)

    Rewriting the Language of Incarceration (ft. Sarah Wang, Aviva Stahl, Nicole R. Fleetwood, Madhu Kaza, & Daniel A. Gross)

    Is language adequate to describe the harsh reality of incarceration? Which words are used too often, too lazily, not often enough? Sarah Wang, Aviva Stahl, Nicole R. Fleetwood, Madhu Kaza talk with AAWW's Prisons Editor Daniel A. Gross about the way it shapes lives, going in-depth on subjects such as how bureaucratic prison language invalidates and harms trans people, the stigma of a murder conviction, how to use alternative language to subvert carceral language, and much more.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Collected Schizophrenias (ft. Esmé Weijun Wang & Larissa Pham)

    The Collected Schizophrenias (ft. Esmé Weijun Wang & Larissa Pham)

    We hosted a reading and conversation with novelist Esmé Weijun Wang, author of the New York Times-bestselling new essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias, which is, as NPR writes, “riveting, honest, and courageously allows for complexities in the reality of what living with illness is like.” Esmé reads and talks with Larissa Pham about how to write vulnerably while maintaining boundaries, little things we can do for each other when our friends and family are going through difficult times, and mo

    • 1 hr

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