• Khet Mar
    Readings at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh: Khet Mar

    On March 3rd, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh conducted a reading of material from Burmese writer-in-residence Khet Mar, whose stories and poems were presented in Burmese, English, and Spanish. The reading featured Khet Mar, translator Michelle Gil-Montero, and poet and translator Roman Antopolsky.

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    Knocking on the Door of… Doug Nimmo

    In Knocking on the Door of… we present interviews with fellow residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside. Our second interview is with Doug Nimmo, owner of Doug’s Market, who talked to us about his love of the Northside, a ghost in the building, and his market’s opening day.

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    Black History Month

    Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, spent most of his life collecting Black writings and artifacts to educate about African Americans’ impact on history. Likewise, in celebration of Black History Month, Sampsonia Way recognizes the African American authors who have contributed their transformative words to our pages.

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  • Alfred Patterson:Turned-On Trombone

    Saxophonist and Trombone player Alfred Patterson moves just as easily between musical styles: he was a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, toured with the American Ballet Company, played in the pit orchestras for musicals such as “Dreamgirls” and “La Cage Aux Folles,” and jammed with the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras. In this video, Patterson discusses sound, poetry, and the nature of improvisation.

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    Saxophonist Erica Lindsay’s Love of the Moment

    In this video, Musician Erica Lindsay talks about composition, improvisation, poetry, and playing with a large band. Lindsay has been featured in the Jazz Poetry Concert series as a member of Oliver Lake’s Big Band Ensemble and is currently working on her own projects with improvised saxophone and orchestral compositions.

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    Burmese Music: Hip Hop on Trial

    In February, Burmese musician and activist Zayar Thaw turned 29 behind the walls of Kawthaung Prison in southern Burma. He was two years into a six-year sentence for “dealings in foreign currency and membership in an illegal organization.” The illegal organization is Generation Wave, a group focused on promoting democracy and civil rights to Burma’s youth through music, poetry, and graffiti.

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