Race to Machine: Asian-Americans Write Tech, Colonialism, and Dystopia

Rooms 433-434, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The tech tsunami transforming our world isn’t new—but change is accelerating. Tech may feed into intersectional crises in race, environment, disinformation, and intolerance, amplifying inequity and colonialist tropes. Five Asian American voices tackle all of the above, drawing on roots in the tech space and in their race, gender, immigrant, and sexual identities. We’ll explore the challenges of writing about tech with courage and authenticity, while exploring humanity’s love affair with tech.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Race_to_Machine_Event_Outline.pdf



Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet can still transcend them. He awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other home, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.

Franny Choi is the author, most recently, of The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (Ecco). Honors include the Lilly/Rosenberg Fellowship, the Holmes Prize, and the Elgin Award. The founder of Brew & Forge, she is a poetry editor at Massachusetts Review, and she teaches at Bennington College.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Aoki is a videogame producer and National Poetry Series finalist. Her awards include: Artist Trust, City of Seattle, Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, Hedgebrook, Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her debut poetry collection about women in technology, Breakpoint, launched in 2022.

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage's Dream and The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize. A past Kundiman fellow, he is the editor in chief of Boxcar Poetry Review and co-director of De-Canon: A Visibility Project, and works as a creative writing coach.

Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011), Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and full length collection Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2018). She is an assistant professor at The New School.


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