Go Home! A celebration of a new anthology of Asian diasporic writing
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Feminist Press in conjunction with Asian American Writers' Workshop present
A book Release Party for
Edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen
published by The Feminist Press
moderated by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan with Rachel Khong, Beth Nguyen, and R.O. Kwon
Asian diasporic writers imagine "home" in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong.
Go Home! is published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans through a New York events series and online editorial initiatives.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was an Asian American Writers' Workshop fellow, and her short work has appeared in Grant, the Guardian, Guernica, Apogee, and the White Review, among other places. She has received residencies from the Gladstone Library and Hedgebrook.
Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. Goodbye, Vitamin, her first novel, was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Nylon, Buzzfeed, among others.
Beth Nguyen is the author of three books: Stealing Buddha's Dinner; Short Girls, winner of an American Book Award; and Pioneer Girl. Nguyen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she won Hopwood Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She currently directs and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The Guardian, Vice, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.
What has been said about Go Home!
"The notion of home has always been elusive. But as evidenced in these stories, poems, and testaments, perhaps home is not so much a place, but a feeling one embodies. I read this book and see my people—see us—and feel, in our collective outsiderhood, at home." —Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds
"There is a whole range of expression in this book, delving deeply into the manifold experiences of being a perpetual alien. To be from nowhere is the state of Asian diaspora, but there is also a wild humor and imagination that comes from being underestimated, rarely counted, hardly seen. Here, we begin to draw the hopeful outlines of a collective history for those so disparate yet often lumped together." —Jenny Zhang, author of Sour Heart
"Go Home! is a bold, eclectic chorus that provides an invigorating antidote to the xenophobia of our times." —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
"This anthology displays the colors of the liminal—half-tones and undertones mixing the wry, the irreverent, the outraged, the lyric, and the longing. A composite portrait of the Asian diasporic experience today." —Monica Youn, author of Blackacre: Poems
"Hats off to Rowan Hisayo Buchanan for putting together such a rich and diverse anthology. In these dark times, we need these voices and stories more than ever." —Jessica Hagedorn, author of The Dogeaters
“In this new and daring collection, I find myself reliving moments of heartbreak that can only come from living in between two cultures—but also feeling profound relief in discovering I am not alone in these private burdens and joys. Go Home! should be celebrated, as reading it is a homecoming in itself.” —Yumi Sakugawa, author of There Is No Right Way to Meditate: And Other Lessons