Reading Silence
Organized by Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin
Facilitator: Yasmin Majeed and Nadia Q. Ahmad
Date: Thursday, September 21, 7 – 9 PM

So often we think of Asian Americans as the ‘silent’ minority: “Passive,” “Model Minority,” “Assimilationist,” “Submissive.” How do Asian American poets explore, deconstruct and redeploy silence in their poetry? In this collaborative workshop, we will explore this question through readings (focused on poetry), discussion, and generative writing prompts. Through the work of Asian American writers––including Timothy Yu, Tarfia Faizullah, Franny Choi, and others––we will look beyond the limiting understanding of model minority and the trope of the passive Asian, and investigate what Asian American poets use silence to say.

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