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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

Rajiv Mohabir
I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara Los Angeles Events

We’re so excited to announce two upcoming Los Angeles events to celebrate our latest publication: I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, written by Lalbihari Sharma and translated by Rajiv Mohabir. A groundbreaking work, Holi Songs was originally published in India in 1916, and is the only known literary work written by an indentured […]

Sesshu Foster
Sesshu Foster’s CITY OF THE FUTURE is named as a Times Literary Supplement “Book of the Year 2018”

There are so many accolades to celebrate that the Tiger is running out of confetti poppers! Chris Kraus named Sesshu Foster’s CITY OF THE FUTURE as one of the “Books of the Year 2018” in The Times Literary Supplement.  Congratulations, Sesshu!  

Q.M. Zhang
Praise for QM Zhang’s Accomplice to Memory in The Massachusetts Reviews

A very thoughtful note on the textual hybridity in QM Zhang’s memoir ACCOMPLICE TO MEMORY by David DeGusta in The Massachusetts Review: “The term ‘hybrid’ is applied mostly to memoirs with more than the usual amount of invention, or to novels with less. Here, though, is a book that realizes the true potential of a […]


“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