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Saturday, June 26

9:45am EDT

Welcome and Keynote Address
Bestselling author Matthew Salesses (Craft in the Real World, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, The Hundred Year Flood) opens our 2021 PAGE TURNER Publishing Conference with a keynote lecture on alternative modes of thinking about craft and writing workshops, particularly for writers of color. Matthew will be introduced by Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

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Jafreen Uddin

Jafreen Uddin is the Executive Director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. She is the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1991. With over a decade of experience working in the public sector, she specializes in communications, education, and fundraising.She... Read More →
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Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is a novelist, scholar, and Korean adoptee who has written and spoken widely about adoption, race, and parenting for many national venues including NPR’s Code Switch, The New York Times’ Motherlode, VICE, Salon, The Rumpus, The Kenyon Review, the Center for Asian... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 9:45am - 10:30am EDT

10:30am EDT

Podcast Production as Storytelling (feat. Time to Say Goodbye)
Journalists, writers, and hosts of the podcast Time To Say Goodbye, Jay Caspian Kang, E. Tammy Kim, and Andy Liu join us to discuss alternative forms of narrative, storytelling, and creating space for radical conversations about Asian America in a rapidly growing field.

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Jay Caspian Kang

Jay Caspian Kang is a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine. His new book The Loneliest Americans will be out this fall.
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E. Tammy Kim

Tammy is a freelance magazine writer and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. She's also a co-host of the Time to Say Goodbye podcast and a contributing editor at Lux, a new socialist-feminist magazine. Tammy previously worked as a do-gooding lawyer and was an Open... Read More →
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Andy Liu

Andy Liu is a historian of modern China. His book was released last year, entitled, Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India (Yale UP, 2020).

Saturday June 26, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT

10:30am EDT

The New Editorial Vanguard
Following fraught, and often cyclical conversations about the lack of equity in the publishing industry, a new vanguard of BIPOC editors are encouraging their publishers to take meaningful steps towards an anti-racist future. In the spirit of transparency in an opaque industry, our panel will speak to the business of publishing and what it takes to build a sustainable career as a BIPOC author, naming and celebrating the lineage they are part of, and the editors of color who came before them. With Ibrahim Ahmad, Jennifer Baker, Yuka Igarashi, and Yahdon Israel, moderated by Nadxieli Nieto.

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Yahdon Israel

Yahdon Israel is a Senior editor at Simon Schuster and founder of Literaryswag, a cultural movement that intersects literature and fashion to make books accessible.  He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, LitHub, Poets and Writers and Vanity Fair. He teaches creative writing... Read More →
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Nadxieli Nieto

Nadxieli Nieto is Executive Editor at Flatiron Books. She is an editor of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and illustrated anthologies including the Shirley Jackson award finalist Tiny Crimes with Lincoln Michel and the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona winner Carteles Contra Una... Read More →
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Ibrahim Ahmad

Ibrahim Ahmad joined Viking Penguin as executive editor in January 2021. As editorial director at Akashic Books, where he worked for two decades, Ahmad published a list that included extraordinary writers from around the world, including Maaza Mengiste, Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, Tayari... Read More →
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Yuka Igarashi

Yuka Igarashi is an executive editor at Graywolf Press. Before joining Graywolf, she was editor in chief of Soft Skull Press; she was also the founder and editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the managing editor of Granta magazine. She coedits the annual Best Debut Short Stories... Read More →
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Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of almost 20 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and faculty member of the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University. Formerly a contributing editor to Electric Literature, she received a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT

11:45am EDT

Speculative Genres
Writers and editors working in speculative fiction and its corresponding genres join us to discuss the history and vitality of the field, and the ways they work, edit, and write at the intersections of gender, history, culture, language, and more. Moderated by Mimi Mondal, this panel will feature Ruoxi Chen, S. B. Divya, and Nur Nasreen Ibrahim.  

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Mimi Mondal

Mimi Mondal is a Nebula Award-nominated writer (for her novelette His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light, 2020) and a Hugo Award-nominated editor (for her co-edited anthology Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, 2018). She is also a founding board member of Plurality... Read More →
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Nur Nasreen Ibrahim

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a writer and journalist. Her fiction and nonfiction has been included in anthologies and collections from Catapult, Hachette India, Platypus Press, The Aleph Review, Salmagundi magazine, Harper Collins (forthcoming), and more. She was a two-time finalist of... Read More →
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S. B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. Divya is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency... Read More →
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Ruoxi Chen

Ruoxi Chen acquires and edits science fiction and fantasy for Tordotcom Publishing, a division of Macmillan. She’s had the pleasure of working with authors and on books that have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Ilube Nommo Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Astounding... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT

11:45am EDT

The Life Cycle of a Book
This panel, featuring debut author K-Ming Chang (Bestiary), her editor Nicole Counts, and her agent Julia Kardon, will track the life-cycle of a book, from idea to manuscript to auction to publication, with the goal of demystifying the publishing process. This conversation will be moderated by Jyothi Natarajan.

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Nicole Counts

Nicole Counts is a Senior Editor at One World, an imprint of Random House, where she works with Fatimah Asghar, Morgan Parker, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Donovan X. Ramsey, Brittany Packnett, Danielle Geller and Gabi Burnham among others. She started her career in marketing and publicity... Read More →
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Julia Kardon

Julia Kardon was born and raised in New York City. Her first job in publishing, while in high school, was shelving fiction at the Strand Bookstore. She received degrees in Comparative Literature, as well as in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago. Julia joined... Read More →
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K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice novel BESTIARY (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Power, Play, and Politics in Translation
This panel brings together prominent writers, translators, and editors to discuss working at the intersections between experimentation, race, and imperialism. Digging into colonial asymmetries in language, critiques of mastery and legibility, and the stakes of improvisation, our translators will speak to their evolving relationships between language, play, and politics. Featuring Jack Jung, Madhu Kaza, and Jeremy Tiang, and moderated by Saba Ahmed and Esther Kim.

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Saba Ahmed

Saba Ahmed is an editor at Tilted Axis Press.
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Esther Kim

Digital Communications Manager Esther Kim runs and manages AAWW’s online presence, including the website, social media, and newsletter. She is a writer and translator who has worked several years in book publishing in both London and in NYC. She worked for Tilted Axis, an independent... Read More →
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Jack Jung

Jack Jung is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States. His translations of Korean poet Yi Sang’s poetry and prose are published in Yi Sang: Selected Works by Wave Books... Read More →
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Madhu Kaza

Born in Andhra Pradesh, India, Madhu H. Kaza is a writer, translator, artist and educator based in New York. She is a translator of contemporary Telugu fiction and the editor of Kitchen Table Translation. She works for the Bard Prison Initiative, where she serves as Faculty Advisor... Read More →
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Jeremy Tiang

Jeremy Tiang is a novelist, playwright and translator from Chinese. His translations include novels by Yeng Pway Ngon, Yan Ge, Zhang Yueran, Lo Yi-Chin, Chan Ho-Kei, Geling Yan and Li Er. His plays include Salesman之死, A Dream of Red Pavilions, and translations of scripts by Chen... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

The Next Generation (YA Publishing)
Young adult authors and editors join us to discuss bringing marginalized identities to the forefront, and navigating the intricate submission, editorial, and publishing processes. With Tashie Bhuiyan, Sheba Karim, Abdi Nazemian, and moderated by Stephanie Cohen.

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Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen is an editor, writer, reviewer and artist based in New York City. They hope to support underrepresented and marginalized voices in all genres of literature, and enjoy volunteering with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books, Girls Write Now and the Museum of Modern... Read More →
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Sheba Karim

 Sheba Karim’s latest novel, The Marvelous Mirza Girl, is Gilmore Girls inspired love story set in New Delhi.   She is the author of the YA novels Skunk Girl, That Thing We Call a Heart, which made several Best Book lists including Bank Street and Kirkus, and Mariam Sharma Hits... Read More →
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Tashie Bhuiyan

Tashie Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American writer based in New York City. She recently graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, and hopes to change the world, one book at a time. She loves writing stories about girls with wild hearts, boys who... Read More →
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Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the author of Like a Love Story, a Stonewall Honor Book, and The Authentics. His novel The Walk-In Closet won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. His screenwriting credits include the films The Artist’s Wife, The Quiet, and Menendez: Blood Brothers... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

From the Ivory Tower to the World of Trade Publishing
This panel will provide essential background information and real-world suggestions for academics and scholars who have published their first book(s) with a University press, and are hoping to reach a wider audience through trade publishers. Taking into account the full scope of a career in academia and academic writing, this panel will convene editors at academic and trade publishers, all of whom will speak to the often opaque process of bringing a title to a trade publisher with a background in academia, rather than an MFA. While focused on the academy, this panel will be of interest to all authors who are interested in reaching more and broader audiences for their work. Moderated by Manan Ahmed, this panel will feature Elda Rotor and Jaya Chatterjee

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Manan Ahmed

Manan Ahmed is a historian and writer. He is an Associate Professor of South Asian History at Columbia University. His most recent book is *The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India* (Harvard University Press, 2020).
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Jaya Chatterjee

Jaya Aninda Chatterjee is an acquiring editor at Yale University Press, and the Founder and CEO of Monarch Literary LLC, an editorial company that provides editing, proofreading, and translation services to authors.
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Elda Rotor

Elda Rotor is Vice President and Publisher for Penguin Classics. She oversees the U.S. editorial program including the works of John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Shirley Jackson, William Golding. She has created several series including the new Penguin Vitae hardcover series and the... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

The Art of Cultural Criticism
This conversation will bring together leading cultural critics of color from across multiple fields of criticism, and speaking to craft, and the need for diverse critical voices to celebrate and interrogate our culture. With Tejal Rao and Jennifer L. Wilson, moderated by Hua Hsu. Presented with Critical Minded

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Kevin Lozano

Kevin Lozano is The Nation’s associate literary editor. His work has also appeared in GQ, Bookforum, Pitchfork, Artforum, Vice, and elsewhere.
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Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the forthcoming memoir 'Stay True' and the 2015 book 'A Floating Chinaman.' He teaches at Vassar College and serves on the boards of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and Critical Minded, an initiative to support cultural... Read More →
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Tejal Rao

Tejal Rao is the California restaurant critic for The New York Times, and a recipe columnist for The New York Times Magazine. In 2019, she was awarded a Vilcek Prize for her reporting. She has won two James Beard Foundation awards for her criticism, and been named one of Forbes Magazine's... Read More →
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Jennifer L. Wilson

Jennifer Wilson is a Contributing Writer at The Nation magazine where she covers books and culture.

Saturday June 26, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT

4:30pm EDT

Publishing in a Pandemic
AAWW Programs Manager Lily Philpott will lead authors with books published this spring/summer in conversation on what it is like to work, write, and launch a book in the midst of a pandemic. This conversation will speak to radical new ideas for book launches, sustainability during a virtual book tour, and self-care for writers of color. With Nawaaz Ahmed, Anuk Arudpragasam, Tamiko Beyer, and Sanjena Sathian.

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Anuk Arudpragasam

Anuk Arudpragasam was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He spent most of his twenties studying in the United States, eventually receiving a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was translated into seven languages, won... Read More →
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Lily Philpott

Lily Philpott runs and manages AAWW events, fellowships, and workshops. She has many years of experience curating literary programs in New York City. Previously, she served as the Public Programs Manager at PEN America, where she launched the PEN Out Loud event series with the Strand... Read More →
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Nawaaz Ahmed

Nawaaz Ahmed is a transplant from Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and is the winner of several Hopwood Awards. He is the recipient of residencies... Read More →
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Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer is the author Last Days (Alice James Books) and We Come Elemental (Alice James Books). Her poetry and articles have been published widely, including by Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, Dusie, Black Warrior Review, Georgia Review, Lit Hub, and the Rumpus. She has received... Read More →
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Sanjena Sathian

A Paul and Daisy Soros fellow, Sanjena Sathian is a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked as a reporter in Mumbai and San Francisco, with nonfiction bylines for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine,  Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and more... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT

4:30pm EDT

Screenwriting and Writing for Television
Join a group of working screenwriters as they discuss how they "made it" in Hollywood, and share their ideas on how to carve out space for BIPOC stories. With Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ursula Taherian, Prashanth Venkataramanujam, and moderated by Reza Aslan

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Prashanth Venkataramanujam

Prashanth Venkataramanujam was the co-creator, executive producer, and head writer of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. He's also a producer on The Fix with Jimmy Carr and was a staff writer on Bill Nye Saves the World both of which debuted on Netflix. Beyond his work in late-night... Read More →
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Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is a TV writer, author and journalist. She is currently in an overall deal with Universal Studios, under which she is creating and co-showrunning a drama series for Netflix. Lisa was a consulting producer on “Law & Order: SVU” and has developed drama pilots... Read More →
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Ursula Taherian

Her Mom is a Christian-practicing white girl, her Dad is a Muslim-practicing Afghan, she is a yoga-practicing Halfghan (with a mezuza outside her door just to cover all her bases). Ursula Taherian is an award-winning actor, filmmaker and writer, currently staffed on the new Chuck... Read More →
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Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT

6:00pm EDT

AAWW x IAC: Utsav Lal in Concert
The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in collaboration with the Irish Arts Center, presents an exclusive performance by Utsav Lal, internationally recognized pianist and composer acclaimed for his groundbreaking handling of Indian classical music that treads the line between an ancient tradition and an innate desire for innovation.

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Utsav Lal

Creative Indian pianist/ composer, Utsav Lal is internationally recognized for creating a unique voice on the piano with his innovative handling of Indian Classical Music. Acclaimed for his groundbreaking work, Lal’s impressive career includes headlining performances at global venues... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
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