The Smithsonian Asian American Center is scheduled to host an Asian American Literature Festival at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th Street, NW. The event is scheduled to be held on July 27 from noon to 9 p.m. The Asian American Literature Festival is expected to be an historic event as it is the first national festival of its kind. It comes at a time when Asian American literature is at a crossroads: today’s publishing market and literature classrooms are flooded with more works of Asian American literature than ever, and we find Asian Americans prominently throughout the literary landscape as poets, writers, teachers, scholars, librarians, editors, and publishers. Not simply a showcase of writers and writing, this Festival will be a convening, engine, and incubator–a cooperative space, with dynamic, interactive programming, for sharing and growing Asian American literature. It will critically assess the state of American literature today and the place of Asian American literature, and Asian American poets, writers, and scholars, in that landscape.