Translators & Illustrators: Youth Literature in Translation

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Join our discussion between award winning Persian translator Sara Khalili and Iranian illustrator Nooshin Safkhoo as they explore their crafts and their collaboration, while showcasing the English translation of In the Meadow of Fantasies, written by Hadi Mohammadi. 
In the Meadow of Fantasies is a 2022 Batchelder Honor-recipient. A story about dreaming and caring for others, its poetic language and glorious illustrations evoke ancient Persian literature. 

Pittsburgh Live/Ability: Encounters in Poetry & Prose

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Live/Ability: Encounters in Poetry and Prose is a literary collection that reflects the realities of life for Pittsburghers with disabilities. It is the creative culmination of two years of connection and work between 11 multilingual, multiply disabled, and multiply abled Pittsburgh writers and 11 Pittsburghers with disabilities. It is an intimate collaboration recounting what it means to translate oneself into an abled world, and the dynamic and textured diversity of lives pursued in our city. 

DISSIDENCE: Exiled Writers on Resistance & Risk

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Russian poet Dmitry Bykov nearly died in a poisoning, then found himself banned from teaching and pursuing his work as a public figure. Essayist Pwaangulongii Dauod received death threats for writing about queer culture in his native Nigeria. Cartoonist Pedro X. Molina watched as Nicaraguan state forces jailed his colleagues and occupied the offices of the newspaper where he published his work. Novelist Anouar Rahmani was threatened with imprisonment for writing about human rights in Algeria. 
All four were forced to flee their homelands and live in the US Cities of Asylum network (Pittsburgh, Ithaca, and Detroit). Now all four share the stage for the first time, sharing their experiences, their writings, and their commitments to creative freedom of expression. 
This Cities of Asylum solidarity tour is the first of its kind and sees writers from the three US Cities of Asylum travel between cities on a week-long speaking and reading tour. 

I Am (Romance): Ukrainian theater in translation

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

In Ukrainian author Mykola Khvylovy's 1924 novel "I am (Romance)," the head of the local Cheka sentences his mother to death in the name of the ideals of the revolution. In 2022, Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine in the name of protecting the “Motherland.” As a result of his ideals, millions of Ukrainians are now displaced. 
7 of these displaced Ukrainian theater artists will spend a 2month residency in Pittsburgh with playwright Audrey Rose Dégez to interpret Khyvlovy’s work into performance. 

World Music Series: QWANQWA US debut

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

With multiple European tours already under their belt, QWANQWA, an Ethiopian experimenta/traditional ensemble, embarks on their  debut US tour. The tour visits 23 states with performances including the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Boston Global Music Festival, and the  North Carolina Folk Festival. Plus the City of Asylum stage. 
Founded in 2012, QWANQWA is a supergroup of musicians from the baddest ensembles of Addis Ababa, brought together by a shared passion for the power of Ethiopian music. Named for the Amharic word for “language,” QWANQWA, is a project creating dialogues between cultures, promoting the idea of music as universal language.