Come to The AsAm Lit Review Historic Event at National Portrait Gallery on Sat. 4/14 With 7 Writers Responding to Asian American Artists!

In 2011 the National Portrait Gallery debuted its historic first Asian American exhibition.  To celebrate the landmark exhibition and explore the intersections of visual and literary art, The Asian American Literary Review (AALR) commissioned seven of today’s most exciting Asian American writers to craft literary responses to seven of the exhibition’s portraits.  We hope you’re as excited as we are about what they’ve come up with!

On April 14th, 2012 from 11 AM – 4 PM come participate in a new and unique experience when the writers present their original work and discuss, in conversation format, their work and the intersections of Asian American arts and communities.  The Edgar P. Richardson Symposium: Asian American Portraits of Encounter Between Image & Word, a day-long literary event we’re hosting in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

Featured writers David Henry Hwang, Garrett Hongo, Bao Phi, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Marianne Villanueva, Kazim Ali, and Anna Kazumi Stahl will read responses to portraits by artists Tam Tran, Satomi Shirai, Roger Shimomura, CYJO, Hye Yeon Nam, Hong Chun Zhang, and Shizu Saldamando.  Come for all of the conversations or any portion!  Free and open to the public, no need to RSVP, but spread the word!  It is so rare to have such depth of talent and accomplishment in one place, and the space for the audience to get more insight about the writers and their work.

To learn more about the symposium, visit  To pre-order the issue of AALR in which the portrait-response pairings will be published, visit

See you there!

Asian American Literary Review

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