Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

May 1, 2024

A collage of book covers by AAPI authors.

Join AWP in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May! Rewatch a past AWP conference event or reread an article from the Writer’s Chronicle. Don’t forget to check out AWP’s staff-curated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Bookshop.org list!


From the Writer’s Chronicle

An Abandoned Immigrant Finds Her Voice: An Interview with Allison Hong Merrill by Megan Vered, April 2022

Drunk on Words: Matwaala Festival of South Asian Poets of the Diaspora, 2019 by Zilka Joseph, September 2019

Pi: An Imaginary Homeland | An Interview with Indira Ganesan by Sima Mishra, February 2016


Rewatch an AWP Panel

Tune in to AWP’s YouTube channel, which features events from the AWP Conference & Bookfair and from our year-round Virtual AWP programming.

#AWP23 Keynote Address by Min Jin Lee

#AWP23 Celebrating Pacific Islander Literature with Kundiman

#AWP22 Writing Ourselves into Existence: Taiwanese American Voices

#AWP21 A Reading & Conversation with Mira Jacob & Monique Troung, Sponsored by Kundiman


Upcoming Online Events

All events are listed in ET.

Wednesday, May 8, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Join the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and Friends of South Asia for their panel discussion “South Asian Voices in the Creative Landscape.” The discussion will focus on the value of a creative mindset as panelists share their past experiences on their artistic journeys. This event is free to the public. RSVP to get the Zoom link for this event.

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Rebecca F. Kuang will be discussing her latest novel, Yellowface, with the Detroit Public Library! This book “grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.” Register now to save your spot for this virtual event!

Thursday, May 23, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

NAAAP celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with “Navigating Two Worlds: The Experiences of Asian American Transracial Adoptees.” This panel will focus on the complexities of the adoptee experience and lifelong journeys of discovering one’s identity and true self. Reserve a spot for this free online event.

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