The Many Complexities of Bewketu Seyoum

The Many Complexities of Bewketu Seyoum

Sampsonia Way Staff
February 25, 2021
Bewketu Seyoum is an Ethiopian poet, novelist, and socio-political satirist. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, two novels, two collections of short fiction, and numerous essays. Currently, he’s an ICORN Writer-In-Residence at Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, where he’s recently completed a book of poems about life in ...
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Douglas Ridloff at Play: The Poet Brings ASL Slam to the World

Douglas Ridloff at Play: The Poet Brings ASL Slam to the World

Craig Hayes II
November 11, 2020
Poetry is art that survives the heartbeat of its potter. From prehistoric engravings to pixelated images dancing across smartphone screens, its evolution is dynamic and fluid, creating spaces for those who are in danger of being silenced. It is in this spirit that American Sign Language (ASL) poetry has grown ...
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The Complicated Risk: An Interview with Pedro X. Molina

The Complicated Risk: An Interview with Pedro X. Molina

Nicole Arthur
March 9, 2020
The magnificent and ever-enthralling political cartoonist Pedro X. Molina is currently an artist in residence at Ithaca City of Asylum and a visiting international scholar in the Ithaca College Honors Program. As an international cartoonist, his work has been featured in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and ...
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Sublime Particulars: An Interview with Emmanuel Iduma

Sublime Particulars: An Interview with Emmanuel Iduma

Nicole Arthur
December 3, 2019
In September of this year, Nigerian writer, Emmanuel Iduma performed at City of Asylum’s annual Jazz Poetry Festival. He read alongside music from Portuguese vocalist-composer, Sara Serpa, and like his most recent book A Stranger’s Pose, their performance blended genres to engage themes of “movement, home, grief, absence and desire.” ...
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Constellation of Words: An Interview with Roy Guzmán

Constellation of Words: An Interview with Roy Guzmán

Sarah Goss
October 24, 2019
After their rehearsal for their City of Asylum reading, Roy Guzmán was kind enough to sit down and chat about poetry, language, and what words mean in times of strife. Guzmán is a Honduran-born, Miami-raised poet based out of Minneapolis. They came down to City of Asylum this September for ...
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