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AAAS Gathering: We Real Cool — A Kaya & Kundiman Joint

Unwind after the first day of the Association of Asian American Studies Conference with some whiskey and writers! In the spirit of Kaya Press’s effort to celebrate writers of color (#litincolor) — and toast to Chicago native Gwendolyn Brooks. Brought to you by Kaya Press & Kundiman. Thursday April 23rd — 10:30 p.m.  Celtic Knot […]


Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge at the LA Times Festival of Books: This Weekend

This weekend, come hang out in our indie lit oasis inside the LA Times Festival of Books: The Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge (Booth 380, near the Poetry Stage) — brought to you by Kaya Press and the University of Southern California Creative Writing Department. Write, edit, and publish your own book! Talk one-on-one with authors! […]


Lit in Color: Celebrating Writers of Color – Kicking Off at AWP 2015

  MISSION The invisibility of writers of color is in fact a willed blindness. But we exist. We’re already at the pulsing center of what’s vital in culture, the arts, and history. We’re already circulating through literature, and the greater imagination. Insistent and steady. Inevitable. Let’s celebrate the world made brighter by Lit In Color. […]


AWP Offsite Reading: Sexy Motherf***er

Join Kaya Press for our AWP offsite reading, Sexy Motherf***er! As our promo images and the title suggest, this celebration of the creative spirit will be Prince-themed. The writers that our reading will feature include, but are not limited to, the following: Kazim Ali Chiwan Choi Quincy Scott Jones Van Khanna Lo Kwa Mei-en Rachel Mortiz Monica Ong Lilliam […]


author news

Genpei Akasegawa
A Photo Tribute to Akasegawa Genpei

On Sunday, the 26th October of 2014, renowned Japanese avant-garde artist and writer Akasegawa Genpei passed away in Tokyo, leaving behind an inspiring legacy. His literary works include Rōjin-ryoku and Hyperart: Thomasson, the latter of which we published in English in 2010. Read words from our publisher & our translator here. Here are some photos in memory of Akasegawa. […]

Amarnath Ravva
Amarnath Ravva and Andrew Lam Read and Discuss at USC

Last Wednesday, February 18th, Amarnath Ravva and Andrew Lam joined USC’S APASS DESI Project and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity to read from their works and discuss Asian-American identity. Amar opened with a reading from AMERICAN CANYON and accompanying video clips which are featured as stills in his debut. Andrew Lam followed with […]

Shailja Patel
Shailja Patel Interview on Activism and the Power of Words

In an interview with Wasafiri, a British magazine for contemporary international writing, Shailja Patel explores social justice issues through her distinct perspective as an activist and poet. She traces her trajectory to activism from her first career in finance and contemplates the complexity of labels. “‘Activist’ as it’s used in Kenya is inadequate for me because […]


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