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Smoking Hot Indie Lit Lounge at the LA Times Festival of Books ’19!

Come hang out, get hands-on publishing experience, make collaborative poetry art, get your portrait drawn, and hear amazing literary work from local literary rising stars at the LA Times Festival of Books! We’ll be featuring books from Kaya Press–and you can pick up our newest titles: Readymade Bodhisattva and I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs […]


LITERAOKE at AWP19: Saturday March 30th at Chopsticks Karaoke Bar

It’s time for another epic evening of singing, reading, and joy! Kaya Press, Kundiman, AAWW, AALR, and the Smithsonian APA Center are bringing together an amazing, diverse line-up of performers who will sing one minute of their favorite karaoke banger and then read from their own work. Don’t miss it!! FEATURING: Helene Achanzar Andres Cerpa […]


I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture

Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM– 8:30 PM Free King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU/ www.kjcc.org 53 Washington Sq S, New York, New York 10012 Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, South Asian American Digital Archive, Rajkumari Cultural Center, Jahajee Sisters, and Guyana Modern.com. […]



Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:00pm Asian American Writers’ Workshop 112 W 27th St Ste 600 NY, NY 10001   LITERAOKE finally comes to NYC, after unforgettable shows across the country! Come see performers sing their hearts out to their favorite karaoke bangers and then read from their work. Come sing a-long with these amazing writers. […]


author news

Sesshu Foster
City of the Future Won 2019 Firecracker Award for Poetry!

FIRECRACKER AWARDS are awarded to the best self and independently published books of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and the best literary magazines in the categories of debut and general excellence. The winners were announced at CLMP annual awards ceremony, held this year on June 5 at Poets House in New York City. What the judges say about City of the […]

Shailja Patel
Kaya Press-Denniston Hill 2019 Resident: Shailja Patel

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Kaya Press will be continuing its partnership with the Denniston Hill arts organization to offer a one-month long residency to another deserving artist/writer this summer. For the partnership’s first year last August, the resident was the conceptual artist, writer, educator, and cook Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik.  This year, we […]

Younghill Kang
Younghill Kang’s East Goes West and H.T. Tsiang’s The Hanging on Union Square are Republished as Penguin Classics!

We are glad to announce that Kaya’s classic publications of East Goes West by Younghill Kang and The Hanging on Union Square by H.T. Tsiang have now been republished as Penguin Classics! The republishing of these titles during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, along with America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan and No-No Boy by John Okada, follows the tremendous positive […]


“The most consistent intelligent wide-ranging committed press I know – Kaya is an example of how to turn ‘small’ books into literary arrows that shoot straight and true into the heart of our culture and (of course) ourselves.”

- Junot Díaz