Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Creative writing by Asian Americans at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice

Grantee Cohort Fall 2017

Location National

Founded in 1991, Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is one of the leading Asian American organizations in the nation. With a focus on both literary arts and racial justice, AAWW is devoted to the creating, publishing, developing, and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. AAWW publishes online magazines, manages grants fellowships to emerging writers of color, and curates and presents community programs with Asian American writers.

Art for Justice invested in AAWW’s prison intervention initiative, which fostered, published, and promoted excellent writing that demonstrates the human cost of mass incarceration and the essential humanity of incarcerated people with particular emphasis on immigrant populations. It also coordinated public events, writing clinics and cross-movement coalitions to advance the cultural shift against mass incarceration ー all while examining the specific role that Asian Americans play in efforts to abolish prisons across the U.S. and the world.

Through an Art for Justice Activating Art and Advocacy grant, AAWW is partnering with Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective to explore how Black and Asian American feminist histories and practices can offer tools and strategies for liberation through a new monthly series in the award-winning online literary magazine The Margins. The publication will include creative works, first-person essays, conversations about what solidarity means and interrogations on the language of solidarity. The pieces will examine the history of and contemporary conversations around Black/Asian American feminist solidarity in the time of COVID-19.