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Smithsonian's Asian American Literature Festival
August 2019

Theme: Care + Caregiving

Presented biannually by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Asian American Literature Festival (AALF) is the only festival of its kind: literature meets the museum, where literature comes off the page and takes full, multisensory life—from immersive poetry installations and mystery novel “Escape Rooms” to campfire-style queer ghost stories and workshops on refugee memory work.

Drawing 3,000 in-person visitors (with many more joining virtually), AALF is a national gathering to grow and nurture Asian American literature and literary community. It is a space of stewardship, of taking active responsibility for what we write and read, and why.

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