Exploring Storytelling Through Puppetry with Koryū Nishikawa V, Tom Lee, & David English

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Following their recent performance of "AKUTAGAWA," City of Asylum welcomes puppeteers Koryū Nishikawa V and Tom Lee, as well as Pittsburgh-based puppeteer David English, for an insightful conversation on the art of puppetry. This panel examines the ways in which puppetry can be a vehicle to express art and literature in addition to exploring cultural differences in the medium.

An Ode to Sappho with Selby Wynn Schwartz

City of Asylum @ Home

In her first visit to City of Asylum, Selby Wynn Schwartz shares her ode to The Poetess. Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, Selby’s debut novel, "After Sappho," connects a myriad of women inspired by the ghost of Sappho to wrest their freedom and desire from the page.

Bringing Sound to Silence with AppalAsia

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Since the founding of AppalAsia in 2009, they have followed their passion for artistic collaboration between different cultures and disciplines beyond race, religion, and gender. In this performance, AppalAsia shares selections from a recent project in which the group was asked to develop original music for the 1919 silent film "Broken Blossoms."

Honoring Black Womanhood with Mahogany L. Browne

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

In this exciting and inspiring reading, we welcome one of the most important poetic voices of our time, Mahogany L. Browne, to share her highly anticipated collection, "Chrome Valley." Simultaneously spanning the course of her own life while embodying centuries of virulent history, this collection pays solemn tribute to the women who came before her.