Welcome to our ongoing series exploring isolation, exile, and “The Everyday Pandemic.” Throughout this series it is our hope to capture the daily toll of life through the pandemic from the perspective of writers and artists who are familiar with the experience of isolation or exile. With this in mind we’ve collected stories, poems, nonfiction essays, and digital art from writers and artists from all walks of life and from all around the globe. The series is co-sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of English, and the Global Studies Center — and made possible by Pitt’s Engaged Scholarship Design Fellowship.

In Conversation with Simten Coşar

In Conversation with Simten Coşar

Ian Davies
August 29, 2022
The architect of "The Everyday Pandemic" talks about the complexities of isolation in the pandemic experience. Simten Coşar is the Associate Editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine and is the architect of our newest series "The Everyday Pandemic." She is a former Scholar-at-Risk and a Visiting Professor at the University of ...
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Being Nowhere: Stasis and Motion

Being Nowhere: Stasis and Motion

Simten Coşar
August 29, 2022
On foreignness, fear, and steel — and how the author experienced exile in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simten Coşar and her dog Dört by the sea. To my father, Ergün Coşar (1934 – 2020) I arrived in Pittsburgh on a cold January evening, after a long sunny ...
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Entrevista a Jorge Olivera Castillo

Entrevista a Jorge Olivera Castillo

El autor cubano comparte su recorrido como disidente. Jorge Olivera Castillo es un poeta, escritor, editor de televisión, reportero y compositor cubano. En Cuba, fue conocido como disidente y defensor ferviente por la libertad de expresión provocando finalmente su encarcelamiento en Guantanamo. Olivera Castillo ha publicado seis libros de poesía ...
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An Interview with  Jorge Olivera Castillo

An Interview with Jorge Olivera Castillo

Alexa Katherine Will & Thomas Barnes
The Cuban author shares his journey as a dissident. Jorge Olivera Castillo is a Cuban poet, writer, television editor, journalist, and songwriter. In Cuba, he became a known dissident and fervent advocate for freedom of expression — ultimately leading to his incarceration in Guantanamo. Olivera Castillo has published six books ...
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Three Poems by Anne M. Rashid

Three Poems by Anne M. Rashid

Kitty Pandemic I name cats after trees: Cedar, Sycamore, and Maple. And Star Wars: Yoda and Obi. And songs: Ziggy and Stardust. And legumes: Sweet Pea and Chickpea. This brood multiplies during the pandemic and now I am truly the crazy cat lady of the neighborhood. My own cat, Ginkgo, ...
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