My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today is a special exhibit at the American Writers Museum in Chicago

The My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today exhibit and related program series will explore the influence of modern immigrant and refugee writing in America on our culture, history, and daily lives. The curating team includes Marie Arana, Ilan Stavans, Vu Hoang Tran, Chris Abani, Laila Halaby, Dipika Mukherjee, and special advisor Viet Thanh Nguyen.

My America will give visitors and students a deep and personal experience, bringing them face-to-face — both through videos and in person — with contemporary authors who are immigrants and refugees from all parts of the world, and is designed to elicit thoughtful dialogue on a wide variety of issues. The authors featured in My America will delve into questions about writing influences, being multilingual, community, family, and what it means to be American.

The exhibit and related author events will highlight writing in a variety of genres, including memoir, fiction, poetry, travel writing, songwriting, screenwriting, and more. The AWM is honored to present this timely and relevant subject through the lens of the humanities.

Jeanne M. and John W. Rowe Program series

Click on an image below to learn more about each program and to RSVP today!

Aart Shahani presents her new book Here We Are at the American Writers Museum in Chicago on October 9 as part of the programming around special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today
Marie Arana presents her new book Silver, Sword and Stone at the American Writers Museum in Chicago on November 20 as part of the programming for the special exhibit My America; Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today
Rebecca Deng presents her new book What They Meant for Evil at the American Writers Museum in Chicago on December 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm as part of the programming for special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today
Dominic A. Pacyga presents his new book American Warsaw at the American Writers Museum in Chicago on December 10 at 6:30 pm as part of the programming for special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today.

Stay tuned for more program announcements coming soon!

Sponsored by:

Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities

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John and Cathie Estey

Malcolm and Virginia O’Hagan

The Neilom Foundation

Michael T. Clune

Angela Moore

Susan and Shanti Nagarkatti

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Steve and Jessica Sarowitz

Larry Shulman and Rhonda Rochambeau

Jane Irwin

My America Program Series Sponsor:

Jeanne M. and John W. Rowe

My America Youth Education Sponsor:

Efroymson Family Fund

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.