In collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, this Writing Club welcomes guest writer maura nguyễn donohue to facilitate a writing workshop on the theme of passages, in conjunction with the exhibition An-My Lê: Between Two Rivers/Giữa hai giòng sông/Entre deux rivières. This workshop takes place in person in MoMA’s galleries.
Writing prompts will be available in English, Vietnamese, and French.
maura nguyễn donohue is director of the MFA dance program at Hunter College. Recent published works include “An Arrival,” an essay on Asian American choreographer Benjamin Akio Kimitch in the MANCC; “Tiger Hands: A Dance Document”; “Carrying the Torch: Trojan Women Re-finding the Groove,” for Barnard’s The Scholar and Feminist Online; and “reclamation of the disposable,” for the Dance Studies Association’s “Dancing in the Aftermath of Anti-Asian Violence” issue of Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies. Excerpts of her solo performance work When You’re Old Enough were included in the Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose, and her essay “Ambivalent Selves: The Asian Female Body in American Concert Dance” was published in Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance. She was writer-in-residence for Danspace Project’s 2021 and 2022 Dream of the Audience platforms, is a longtime writer for Culturebot, and was an inaugural contributor to Imagining: A Gibney Journal. She has also written for Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, American Theater, Dance Magazine, the Dance Insider, and Movement Research Performance Journal. Her essay “somewhen else” appears in the forthcoming collection Dance History(s): Imagination as a Form of Study.
For over 30 years, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been dedicated to publishing and amplifying Asian American literary culture. We operate from a radically inclusive ethos that drives us every day to expand the definition not only of who is a writer, but also of who is Asian American. Through our robust and diverse lineup of programming, we serve as a vital sanctuary space for writers and readers alike. As one of the only national organizations cultivating and curating the next generation of Asian American storytellers, we work to mobilize the literary community toward a more just future.
Writing Club is part of the Artful Practices for Well-Being initiative, in which we seek to offer a space for connectedness and healing through art. At each session, a guest writer will introduce different works of art and offer a series of creative writing prompts. We offer a calm, supportive, and welcoming environment for anyone interested in writing in response to art in the company of fellow writing enthusiasts. Participants will have the option, but not obligation, to share some of their new work with others.
Register for Writing Club on February 21, 2024.
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