The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) unites more than 50 safehavens for persecuted writers around the world, including three cities in the United States: Pittsburgh, Ithica and Las Vegas.
City of Asylum Pittsburgh (COAP) blossomed from a 1997 presentation by Salman Rushdie in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The organization, founded by Diane Samuels and Henry Reese, hosted its first resident writer in 2004 and continues to host literary writers in exile through the generosity of individuals and foundations. Read the entire history of COAP.
Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) welcomed its first resident writer in 2001 as part of a the Center for Transformative Action, a non-profit organization affiliated with Cornell University. The chapter also collaborates with Ithaca College and Wells College. Visit the website to learn more about past and present writer residents and the entire ICOA network.
City of Asylum Las Vegas, a program associated with Black Mountain Institute, was founded in 2001 as the first writer refuge in the United States. Resident writers have been hosted from Sierra Leone, Iran and China.