Asian American Writers' Workshop

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Asian American Writers' Workshop
A small capital A inset into a large capital A
Asian American Writers' Workshop logo
Formation 1991
Type not-for-profit
Purpose Asian American literature
Headquarters New York City
Region served
United States
Executive Director
Ken Chen

The Asian American Writers' Workshop is a nonprofit literary arts organization founded in 1991 to support writers, literature and community.[1] The Workshop also offers the annual Asian American Literary Awards and sponsors Page Turner: The Asian American Literary Festival.

In 2007, The Asian American Writers' Workshop partnered with Hyphen Magazine to start a short story contest called the Hyphen Asian American Short Story Contest, the only national, pan-Asian American writing competition of its kind.[2] Previous winners include Preeta Samarasan, Sunil Yapa, Shivani Manghnani, and Timothy Tau. Previous judges include Porochista Khakpour, Yiyun Li, Alexander Chee, Jaed Coffin, Brian Leung, Monique Truong and Monica Ferrell.

Honorary advisors[edit]

Asian American Writers' Workshop

Response to controversy[edit]

In response to the 2015 "yellowface poet" incident, the organization published a "white pen name" generator,[3] which creates random white-sounding names "all the way back to Plymouth Rock." It was made in mockery of Michael Derrick Hudson, pushing back at the idea that writers of color might find greater success in the publishing industry if their names were whitewashed.


  1. ^ Ito, Hiroyuki (1998-11-17). "Asian American Writers' Workshop Makes A Scene". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Announcing the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  3. ^ "#WhitePenName Generator". Retrieved 2016-04-24. 

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