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Recent Press and Mentions

City of Asylum

Click the logos above to see City of Asylum featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, PBS News Hour, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Al Jazeera America, and check below for a more comprehensive list of City of Asylum’s press and mentions.

 


 

This page includes links to articles and media coverage of City of Asylum and its people, programs, and publications.


November 21, 2017: “Word Power” – Rice Magazine

November 15, 2017: “BEST FICTION OF 2017” – Kirkus Reviews

November 10, 2017: “James Street’s closing a blow to Pittsburgh jazz scene, but not a fatal one” – Trib Live

November 8, 2017: “Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present Haydn’s THE CREATION Through Modern-Day Lens” – Broadway World

November 3, 2017: “Library Outreach Services: Bridging the Gap” – American Libraries Magazine

November 2, 2017: “Osama Alomar’s The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories” – The Brooklyn Rail

October 30, 2017: “10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November” – NextPittsburgh

October 13, 2017: “PSO360 puts musicians, audience on stage together” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

October 6, 2017: “Alphabet City gets an ‘A’” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

October 2, 2017: “From Steel City to STEM City: Why Smart Millennials Are Making Pittsburgh Home” – Livability 

September 20, 2017: “A Conversation with Osama Alomar” – Pittsburgh City Paper

September 19, 2017: “How Pittsburgh Quietly Became a Culture Capital” – Departures

September 15, 2017: “Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Alphabet City” –WPXI

September 14, 2017: “Oliver Lake returns to City of Asylum with Jump Up” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 13, 2017: “Jazz Poetry Month comes to Alphabet City on the North Side” – Pittsburgh City Paper

September 13, 2017: “Fall’s literary offerings, from international poets to local zines” – Pittsburgh City Paper

September 12, 2017: “City of Asylum: Helping persecuted artists in Pittsburgh” – Columns: The University of Washington Alumni Magazine 

September 6, 2017: “Jazz Poetry Month features a Charlie Hebdo survivor, a Jump Up reunion, and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith” – Pittsburgh City Paper

September 5, 2017: “Alphabet City and Symetrix empower exiled creatives” – Get It In Writing 

September 3, 2017: “What to do this week: Sept. 3-9” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August 30, 2017: “Spotlight: A Global Exchange of Music and Poetry” – Pittsburgh Magazine

August 30, 2017: “City of Asylum moves annual celebration to Alphabet City” – Trib Live

August 20, 2017: “‘The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories’: A touch of Aesop” – Qantara

August 28, 2017: “10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in September” – Next Pittsburgh

August 25, 2017: “Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie brings ‘Home Fire’ to Alphabet City” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August, 17, 2017: “A Syrian author drove a Chicago taxi for nearly a decade. Now, he’s back to writing.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August 8, 2017: “4 Questions: Kamila Shamsie” – Littsburgh

August 7, 2017: “Doors Open Pittsburgh invites you to some special places” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 31, 2017: “Writing in exile, Syrian author’s tales confront human ‘contradiction, complexity, madness’” – Syria: Direct

July 17, 2017: “Why Collaborative Curating Makes Sense for a Divided Political Era” – ArtNet

July 12, 2017: “Interview: Akhil Sharma” – Littsburgh

July 10, 2017: “How a Syrian Writer Takes on War” – New Republic

July 3, 2017: “The Syrian Exile Who Went from Depressed Cabbie to Celebrated Writer” – Vice

July 1, 2017: “A Literary Thriller Taking on Venezuela” – The Big Thrill 

June 28, 2017: “Kunst und Kultur statt Schlote und Stahl” – Berliner Morgenpost

June 17, 2017: “Saturday Poem: Springstroke” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 1, 2017: “June events at Alphabet City” – Northside Chronicle

May 24, 2017: “Pittsburgh’s Flicks and Nightlife in June” – Pittsburgh Magazine

May 23, 2017: “Adriana Ramirez wins City of Asylum prize” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

May 19, 2017: “Review: THE TEETH OF THE COMB And Other Stories” New York Times Book Review

May 17, 2017: “EQT Children’s Theater Festival; the Big Wig Ball; Nigerian writer Unoma Azuah; Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo” – Pittsburgh City Paper

May 15, 2017: “Tuhin Das: Bangladesh Poet, Activist and Writer in Exile” – VOA Student Union

May 15, 2017: “Syria: Stories from the Barrel of a Cannon” – The New York Review of Books

May 12, 2017: “Alphabet City is one of the coolest places in Pittsburgh” – NextPittsburgh

May 11, 2107: “Pittsburgh neighborhood biz districts get national street cred at Main Street Now Conference” – NextPittsburgh

May 9, 2017: “Rhythm and rhyme: local poets host underground readings” – PittNews

May 8, 2017: “No Longer Driving A Cab, A Syrian Writer In America Focuses On His Fiction” – The New Yorker

May 8, 2017: “Q&A with City of Asylum’s Silvia Duarte” – Center for the Art of Translation

May 4, 2017: “Immigrant voices: Fiction by Unnikrishnan, Tharoor, Alomar” – San Francisco Chronicle 

April 28, 2017: “Stories Like a Bullet: An Interview with Osama Alomar” – Los Angeles Review of Books

April 24, 2017: “Judith Robinson s Carousel gets proper launch at Alphabet City” –  The Jewish Chronicle 

April 6, 2017: “Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum seeks help on last push for federal matching funds” – Pittsburgh City Paper

April 6, 2017: “Osama Alomar describes the Syrian conflict one very short story at a time” – Chicago Reader

April 5, 2017: “Trio to celebrate new album with free performance at City of Asylum” – Trib Live

March 30, 2017: “Osama Alomar’s Very Short Stories” – WNYC Studio 360

March 24, 2017: “Wine, Books & Your Next Apartment” – Beaux Arts

March 9, 2017: “The writing is on the wall: Alphabet City is North Side oasis for the arts”  – The Jewish Chronicle

March 3, 2017: “Upper St. Clair students hear about author’s experience as refugee” – The Almanac 

March 2, 2017: “Osama Alomar’s very short stories” – Chicago Tribune 

March 2, 2017: “Writers in exile find welcoming support in Chicago” – Chicago Tribune

March 1, 2017: “Arts groups mobilize to save federal funding ” – Pittsburgh City Paper

February 27, 2017: “Alphabet City bookstore: Newly opened bookstore provides an asylum for works of writers in exile” – Distinction Magazine (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) 

February 15, 2017: “NYC’s Casellula Opens on the North Side” – Pittsburgh City Paper

February 13, 2017: “City of Asylum @ Alphabet City opens its doors to the community” – NextPittsburgh

February 9, 2017: “Dust jackets and dog-ears: Pittsburgh’s thriving book scene” – Pitt News

February 1, 2017: “Ralph Henry Reese: Giving Exiled Writers Security and Freedom” – Voice of America

January 26, 2017: “Q&A with Ecuadorian cartoonist, activist Vilma Vargas” – The Northside Chronicle

January 23, 2017: “New citizens remind us of America’s enduring promise” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

January 23, 2017: “Opening Night: Casellula @ Alphabet City” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

January 18, 2017: “What Art Under Trump” – The Nation

January 18, 2017: “Casellula the big cheese on the North Side” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

January 13, 2017: “Nonprofit turns page in PGH’s indie scene with City of Asylum Books” – Pitt News

January 13, 2017: “Grand opening tomorrow for Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum Books” – Pittsburgh City Paper

January 09, 2017: “Some persecuted writers get a new life in the US. But exile isn’t easy.” – Public Radio International (PRI) 

September 29th, 2016: “Icelandic writer, Björk collaborator Sjón at Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum Tomorrow” – Pittsburgh City Paper

September 23rd, 2016: “How America became a global cheese power” – Financial Times 

September 14th, 2016: “Jazz Poetry concerts hearken back to more intimate years” – Pittsburgh Tribune

September 14th, 2016: “World Saxophone Quartet reuniting for Pittsburgh City of Asylum show” – Pittsburgh City Paper

September 8th, 2016: “Giving shelter: Free speech thrives at City of Asylum’s new venue” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 7th, 2016: “Pittsburgh Nonprofit Shelters—and Celebrates—Exiled Writers” – Nonprofit Quarterly 

September 4th, 2016: “City of Asylum: A waystation for writers and their voices” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 4th, 2016: “Former Masonic Hall goes from house of secrets to place of refuge” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 4th, 2016: “At Casellula, the cheese never stands alone” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

September 3rd, 2016: “Alphabet City unites City of Asylum programs” – Pittsburgh Tribune

August 27th, 2016: “12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in September” – Next Pittsburgh

August 15th, 2016: “City of Asylum’s Jazz Poetry Concert Extended for One Month” – Northside Chronicle

August 2nd, 2016: “Alphabet City Grand Opening with Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich!” – Littsburgh

July 10th, 2016: “City of Asylum Expands Safe Haven for Writers” – WPXI-TV

June 19th, 2016: “Co-founder Henry Reese on City of Asylum’s Redevelopment of North Side Building” – KDKA Sunday Business Page

June 13th, 2016: “Free Summer on Sampsonia series heats up Alphabet City Tent” – Next Pittsburgh

May 16th, 2016: “City of Asylum @ Alphabet City opening in September in Masonic Hall” – Next Pittsburgh

May 12, 2016: “City of Asylum grants sneak peek of Alphabet City” – The Northside Chronicle

May 11, 2016: “City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Restaurant, Bookstore, Event Space Set for September” – Pittsburgh City Paper

May 11, 2016: “City of Asylum To Offer Both Arts and A Refuge in Pittsburgh” – CBS Pittsburgh

May 10, 2016: “City of Asylum works on new North Side Headquarters” – Trib Live

May 10, 2016: “Organization That Houses Exiled Writers Finds New Home” – 90.5 WESA

May 10, 2016: “For City of Asylum, new North Side HQ posed financing challenges” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

April 27, 2016: “Cities Have Become the New Laboratories of Success” – Erie Reader

April 21, 2016: “Finding Literary Asylum in Pittsburgh” – NEA

April 12, 2016: “How I Found My Voice in House Poem” – Medium

April 2016: “Open To Thinking: Sheltering the artist at risk” – Windy City Media Group

April 2016: “Pittsburgh Global Press Conference” – KQV

April 2016: “A Conversation with Israeli Writer Assaf Gavron” – KQV

March 28, 2016: “Top Ten Things To Do in Pittsburgh in April” – Pittsburgh Magazine

March 2016: “A Conversation with Vu Tran, a Vietnamese American Writer” – KQV

March 2016: “How America Is Putting Itself Back Together” – The Atlantic

March 21, 2016: “Language as Art in Pittsburgh” – The Atlantic

March 10, 2016: “Pittsburgh: Innovation in the Steel City” – Yahoo News with Katie Couric

February 16, 2016: “City of Asylum: Making a Global and Cultural Impact in Pittsburgh!” – KQV

December 7, 2015: “Walkabout: Masonic Hall project gives hope to blighted N. Side block” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

November 20, 2015: “UNPACKING THE MATRIX 8/10: IMMIGRATION” – ArtPlace America

November 19, 2015: “Homework: City of Asylum offers home tours, wine tastings” – Trib Live

November 18, 2015: “Alphabet City construction update, house tour” – The Northside Chronicle

Jazz Poetry Concert 2015:

September 9. 2015: “Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum festival gives voice to stifled writers” – Trib Live

September 9. 2015: “Lauded pianist and composer Vijay Iyer headlines City of Asylum’s Jazz Poetry Concert” – City Paper

August 29 2015: “Top 12 Pittsburgh Events Not To Miss in September” – Next Pittsburgh

August 25 2015: “City of Asylum/Pittsburgh offers writers in exile sanctuary alongside expansive creative placemaking” – Springboard Exchange

August 2015: “City of Asylum Summer Programs” – KDKA TV

July 15, 2015: 36 Hours in Pittsburgh -“From industrial eyesores to ultramodern lofts, Pittsburgh has no shortage of architectural styles — but only one building is covered by giant poetry written in Chinese calligraphy.” – The New York Times

April 28, 2015: “City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Presents An Economic Dance Lesson” – Pittsburgh Magazine

January 20, 2014: “Trafford writer wins City of Asylum residency in Belgium” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

January 20, 2014: “City of Asylum preparing rebirth of Masonic Hall” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

December 17, 2014: “How Grass-Roots Arts Projects Land Funding” (featuring City of Asylum) – The Wall Street Journal

November 1, 2014: “City of Asylum, a vibrant block of homes that have been rehabilitated and dedicated to providing housing for artists, musicians, and writers from around the world and which have become a cultural magnet for city residents.” – Giada Weekly

October 31, 2014: “In the City of Bridges, an eclectic community embraces writers in exile” – The Atlantic

October 18, 2014:Declared “City of Asylum Pittsburgh Day” by Mayor Bill Peduto

October 17, 2014: City of Asylum featured in The Paris Review Daily morning roundup.

October 17, 2014: City of Asylum featured in Poets&Writers daily roundup.

October 15, 2014: City of Asylum voted among the Best Literary Events in Pittsburgh – City Paper

October 14, 2014: Exiled Voices: City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s 10th anniversary reading
NEXT Pittsburgh

October 8, 2014: At 10 years, City of Asylum Pittsburgh honors five exiled writers – POP City

 


September 25, 2015: Updates on Alphabet City®

 


June 2014:Lost/Found at City of Asylum

  • “Lively, fun, and moving.” – City Paper
  • Prague’s Archa Theatre delves into the Immigrant Experience – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Lost and Found puts stories of immigrants center stage in Pittsburgh – Tribune Review
  • Ovace ve stoje pro pražské Divadlo Archa v Pittsburghu – Blesk

June 13, 2014: Visa process proves to be a daunting challenge – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 


July – August 2014:Digital Sanctuaries


July 3, 2014: Independence Day has different meaning for immigrants, veterans – Tribune-Review


June – July 2014:River of Words

  • River of Words Connects Communities and Brains – Tribune-Review 
  • Words, art, and homes merge in appealing display on Northside – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Colectivo de arte venezolano ganó concurso de Arte Público en Pittsburgh – El Universal
  • Pop Filter Hot Pick:  River of Words inaugurates City of Asylum’s Garden-to-Garden Artway – POP City
  • A River of Words Engulfs the Northside – NEXT Pittsburgh
  • Proyecto “Río de palabras” del colectivo venezolano: Arnal-Romero-Centeno – ArtNexus
  • A River of Words will flow through the Northside – WESA

April 30, 2014: Point Park University’s City of Asylum animation projects are live!

Watch: A Sea of Words
Watch: Wild Beast


April 29, 2014: City of Asylum co-founders Henry Reese and Diane Samuels are interviewed for Late Night Library.


March 19, 2014: City of Asylum co-founder Henry Reese to speak at Point Park University symposium – Point Park Globe


March 3, 2014: Oppression prompted writer to leave Iran – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Feb. 26, 2014: Talented Point Park students are putting their art to work for City of Asylum – Point Park Globe


Feb. 11, 2014: Woman of Courage to speak in Pittsburgh – 90.5 FM WESA


Feb. 3, 2014: COAP cited as model for revitalized City of Asylum Las Vegas – News 3


Jan. 11, 2014: Cave Canem to offer workshops at City of Asylum – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Jan. 10, 2014: Proud to Be from Pittsburgh: Channel 11 anchor Peggy Finnegan visits City of Asylum and interviews writer Yaghoub Yadali and Henry Reese – WPXI


Jan. 9, 2014: NEA Grants Awarded to local Arts Organizations – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Jan. 8, 2014: Writing in NatGeo Traveller, Dipti Nair profiles Pittsburgh and City of Asylum.


Jan. 5, 2014: Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum a Bastion for Persecuted Writers. – Pitt News


Jan. 2, 2014: English PhD candidate Katie Brown on visiting Israel Centeno at City of Asylum – Katie Brown on Culture


Jan. 2, 2014: City of Asylum receives grant for annual concert – Northside Chronicle


Dec. 19, 2013: City of Asylum: breaking Down Barriers – 90.5 WESA’s “Essential Pittsburgh”


Dec. 17, 2013: City of Asylum’s NEA “Art Works” Grant


Dec. 13, 2013: New Developments at Federal-North Project, site of Alphabet City –
Pittsburgh Business Times


Dec. 12, 1013: Portions of Garden Theater block on North Side could open to new developers – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sept. 17, 2013: Cuban Newrrative (SampsoniaWay.org) – Martí


Sept. 18, 2013:Diario de Cuba


Sept. 7, 2013: Latin Times


October 30, 2013: How Public Art is Changing the Urban Landscape – POP City


August 6, 2013: Cities Turn to Creative Placemaking – BMoreMedia online


August 1, 2013: City of Asylum wins NEA Our Town Grant – Northside Chronicle


August 2013:Sampsonia Way editor Silvia Duarte pictured next to House Poem at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Magazine


July 18, 2013: City of Asylum Earns NEA Grant Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


July 10, 2013: Jeffrey Brown profiles poet and activist Liao Yiwu. Interview conducted at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s Exiled Voices of China and Tibet – PBS NewsHour


July 2013: Freedom to Speak: An interview with Sampsonia Way Managing Editor Silvia Duarte – Vela


June 26, 2013: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh awarded $250,000 for North Side project – Pittsburgh Business Times


June 27, 2013: Art from the Ground Up: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Firmly Rooted in Its North Side Neighborhood – 90.5 WESA


June 27, 2013:Northside Chronicle


June 11, 2013: Huang Xiang at Exiled Voices of China and Tibet – World Journal


June 9, 2013: Chinese dissidents in exile share experiences in North Side forum – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


June 7, 2013: Pittsburgh group hosts a rare gathering of exiled Chinese political dissidents – City Paper


June 1, 2013: Insider’s Guide to Pittsburgh – The Wall Street Journal


June 2013: Jose Muniain’s “Bridging the Arts” Video on City of Asylum, shown at the Americans for the Arts Convention.


May 22, 2013: The Arts Engine: Christine O’Toole talks about the arts in Pittsburgh, including plans for Alphabet City – Pittsburgh Today


June 9, 2013: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


May 20, 2013: Coverage of ArtPlace America Grant to City of Asylum – Pop City


May 22, 2013: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


May 27, 2013: WESA 90.5


May 30, 2013:Northside Chronicle


May 6, 2013: Coverage of AfricAméricas at City of Asylum


March 18, 2013: Coverage of Alphabet City announcement

  • City of Asylum venue to anchor Garden Theatre block – Pittsburgh City Paper
  • City of Asylum’s literary center to open on North Side; shifting from previous site on Monterey, Alphabet City will anchor the Garden Theater Block development – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Bookstore, more planned for area near Garden Theater – Trib Live
  • City of Asylum/Pittsburgh to open Literary Center in Northside’s Garden Theater Block – POP City
  • France: City of Asylum Pittsburgh decided to establish a center for the literary life with both local objectives, but also international. The association is particularly helpful to authors persecuted in their country of origin. It will install its facilities in the district of North Side of the American city. – Actualitte
  • City of Asylum Opening Literary Center in Pittsburgh – Hawthorne Books

March 6, 2013: Ten Questions for Israel Centeno – Venezuelan Literature


January 13, 2013: Andrew Moore talks with Henry Reese about City of Asylum’s literary center and more – POP City


2012: “Give Me Shelter” by Aviya Kushner details City of Asylum and other “fascinating, quirky, and deeply American effort(s) to help international refugee writers make new writing lives in the United States.” – Gulf Coast Magazine


June 20, 2012: Fearless Ink: 8 writers in 7 countries, all confronting free speech restrictions in Sampsonia Way MagazinePOP City


October 25, 2011: Diana Nelson Jones reports on City of Asylum’s “Sister Cities” exchange with Het Beschrijf in Belgium, which took Pittburgh poet Terrance Hayes to Brussels and brought Belgian writer Paul Mennes to Pittsburgh for two months. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sept. 30, 2010: Jeffrey Brown’s feature on City of Asylum; interviews with then-Writer-in-Residence Khet Mar, Huang Xiang and Horacio Castellanos Moya, as well as City of Asylum’s co-founder and President, Henry Reese. – PBS NewsHour


Sept. 6, 2011: Coverage of the 2011 City of Asylum Jazz-Poetry Concert – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


June 2011: Coverage of Cave Canem Poets at City of Asylum – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


March 2011: “Creative, quirky and caring, Pittsburgh’s Sampsonia Way is also the international Main Street for the City of Asylum program for writers, making sure the pen stays mightier than the sword.” – Pittsburgh Magazine


March 2011: Profile: City of Asylum Exiled writer-in-residence (Myanmar) Khet Mar –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Dec. 8, 2009: George Packer’s observations on City of Asylum – The New Yorker


Related Media

 

    • The Utne Reader
      An article by Claudia Méndez Arriaza, a reporter for elPeriódico de Guatemala and the recipient of a 2012 fellowship to study the politics of emerging democracies at Harvard, first published by Sampsonia Way (Sept. 2011), excerpted on The Utne Reader.

 

    • American Public Media: Weekend America – Bringing Poetry Home
      Home is a subject poets have been scribbling about in stanzas since the days of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.”…Poets put their own spin on the topic at City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s annual jazz and poetry reading. Two of those poets come from very different places: Liberian-born Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, and native South Carolinian Terrance Hayes. – by Larissa Anderson, aired Nov. 29, 2008.

 

    • Radio Free Asia
      A profile of exiled Chinese poet, City of Asylum’s first writer-in-residence Huang Xiang, published Dec. 13, 2004.

 

    • PBS POV: Well-Founded Fear
      Well-Founded Fear documents a variety of dramas unfolding in INS offices in the New York City area. The filmmakers focus on both the pleas of immigrants to stay in the United States, and the consideration of their cases by INS officers. At issue in every case are the requirements of asylum. To be granted, applicants must demonstrate a “well-founded fear” of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Huang Xiang’s case is included among those explored in the film, and he appears in it. Original air-date: June 5, 2000.

 

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