(Re)Imagining the "Asian American" Experience in 21st Century US

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


This panel of writers, with their varied backgrounds and connections to south, east, and southeast Asia, will explore and discuss the myriad ways their specific ethnicities have shaped their writing as current denizens of the United States whose specific locations range from the Bay Area to south Texas to upstate New York to the rural Midwest. The panel will focus on common themes, hardships, and obsessions linked to their various Asian backgrounds and multicultural experiences.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline.docx



Keith Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could've Been Happy Here. He is a founding editor of Cutleaf (a literary journal) and EastOver Press. He received his MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and literature at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Albert Abonado is the author of JAW (Sundress Publications). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Albert lives in Rochester, New York with his wife.

Minyoung Lee writes fiction and essays in Oakland, California. Her work appears in TriQuarterly, Passages North, and Asian American Writers Workshop, among others. Her prose chapbook Claim Your Space was published by Fear No Lit. Born in Seoul, Minyoung has lived in fourteen cities across four countries.

Tayyba Maya Kanwal is a Pakistani-American writer and fiction editor at Gulf Coast. Her work appears in Witness, Meridian, Quarterly West, and others. She is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow at the UHCWP MFA program, completing a short story collection and a novel.

Nami Mun


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