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Poetry Partnership elevates voices of Black poets

The final community reading of the Poetry Partnership of Pittsburgh streamed last Wednesday.

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer

June 16, 2020

The reading featured 10 poets reading their work — Joss Green, Diarra Imani, Dani Janae, Medina Jackson, Maria Kent, Joy KMT, Crystal Massie, Tresa Murphy Green, Christina Springer and Jahqwahn Watson. Much of the subject matter revolved around themes of womanhood, motherhood, Black ancestry and what it means to be Black today in the United States.

Local bookstores offer anti-racist books for all ages

The City of Asylum and White Whale bookstores created anti-racist booklists that contain books that discuss race, culture and what it’s like being black in America.

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer

June 9, 2020

To help educate adults and children on racism, Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum and White Whale bookstores have created anti-racist booklists with books that discuss race, culture and what it’s like to be black in America.

Poems from prison: Students share incarcerated voices

Students perform a collaborative poem about the shooting of Antwon Rose written by inside students.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The poetry performance was part of an event which packed City of Asylum on Wednesday night, with more than 100 people in attendance.

City of Asylum hosts poets laureate from across the country

Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s poet laureate, reads while on stage at City of Asylum’s “Poet Laureate Celebration” on Monday afternoon.

By Maggie Young, Contributing Editor

September 3, 2019

More than 60 people attended a poets laureate celebration event hosted by City of Asylum in the North Shore Monday. The four poets laureate — Paisley Rekdal, Salas Rivera, Kim Shuck and Molly Fisk — each read from their own collections.

City of Asylum residents share readings and wisdom at WPU

Writer and activist Tuhin Das speaks about the dangers Al-Qaeda presented to writers in his homeland of Bangladesh at Wednesday night’s “City Of Asylum Exiled Writers Residencies” event. (Photo by Sarah Connor | Contributing Editor)

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

October 18, 2018

City of Asylum is known for providing a sanctuary for exiled writers. Two of those writers brought their wisdom to campus with a special appearance at WPU.

City of Asylum wraps 14th annual Jazz Poetry Month, welcomes new changes

City of Asylum is a bookstore that specializes in translation and world literature but also hosts events like Jazz Poetry, which combines two art forms.

By Frances Tirado, For The Pitt News

October 2, 2018

As Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, closes out its Jazz Poetry season, the staff talks about the new changes within the organization.

An asylum for artists: students intern at a sanctuary for exiled writers

The City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, located on North Avenue in the North Side, provides a temporary home for writers who are exiled from their native countries. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

November 30, 2017

Rebecca Martin stares in awe from behind the “Banned Books” shelf in her volunteer T-shirt inscribed with the words “City of Asylum” written out in four different languages. She yields to occasional orders from Leslie, the supervisor for the night, greeting and registering guests as she t...

City of Asylum offers ad-lib insight into lives of the disabled

City of Asylum offers ad-lib insight into lives of the disabled

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015

Bright, fluorescent lights poured down on a cast of characters. They joined hands and bowed, their bodies casting shadows on the white stage where they stood. Some were standing, some accompanied by their caregivers and some in wheelchairs.At the New Hazlett Theater in the North Side, “A (micro) histo...

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