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The flag of Trinidad and Tobago. The Sabira Cole Film Festival hosted a Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday to commemorate the nation’s independence from British rule.

Sabira Cole Film Festival celebrates Trinidadian independence with movie screening

By Sophie Earwood, For The Pitt News September 1, 2021
While Pittsburgh may be a long way away from the cool breezes and sandy beaches of the tropical Caribbean islands, attendees saw and heard Caribbean culture at the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day Celebration Tuesday evening.
All the events being held between May 12 and May 21 by City of Asylum, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that provides sanctuary for writers who have been exiled under threat of persecution from their home countries, center around translation and themes of identity, migration and displacement.

International Literary Festival seeks to bridge cultural barriers with translated books

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2021
Translation, often a forgotten part of the literary process, allows stories from all over the world to be more accessible to a wider audience. City of Asylum is celebrating translation with the first annual Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, also known as LitFest. 
Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese pop star turned activist who has spoken out against censorship in Vietnam, attempted to run for a seat in Vietnam’s National Assembly and campaigned for Facebook to step in and stop the activities of pro-government censorship groups on the site.

Vietnamese pop star and activist Mai Khoi brings talents to Pitt

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer February 15, 2021
Khoi is an Artist Protection Fund fellow in residence at Pitt, and is co-hosted by the City of Asylum and the International Free Expression project.
The final community reading of the Poetry Partnership of Pittsburgh streamed last Wednesday.

Poetry Partnership elevates voices of Black poets

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.
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.

Local bookstores offer anti-racist books for all ages

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

Poems from prison: Students share incarcerated voices

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

City of Asylum hosts poets laureate from across the country

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.
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)

City of Asylum residents share readings and wisdom at WPU

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

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

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.
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)

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

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...

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