CAPA Students Get a Tour of Sampsonia Way

by Khet Mar    /  July 12, 2011  / No comments




On May 16, 2011, about 30 students from CAPA, a creative and performing arts magnet school in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District, visited City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s headquarters in the Northside.

Their teacher Lynn Marsico explained the idea behind the visit: “Students need to realize that there are writers in this world who do not share the freedom of expression that we have in the United States. Visiting City of Asylum can broaden their world view and encourage them to think more deeply about what it means to be a writer.”

Under the guidance of Henry Reese the students toured Sampsonia Way, stopping at the headquarters of COA/P and Sampsonia Way magazine, and the houses of the organization’s writers in residence.

After their visit, the students had some questions and several things that they wanted to say about freedom of speech, COA/P, and the program’s importance for writers and the community.

Sampsonia Way sat down with eight writing students from CAPA and asked them what they thought. Excerpts from their responses are presented in the slideshow above.

Read also about a middle-school student’s poetic connection with Huang Xiang.

About the Author

Khet Mar is a staff writer at Sampsonia Way. A former writer-in-residence at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, Khet Mar is a journalist, novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist from Burma. She is the author of one novel, Wild Snowy Night, as well as several collections of short stories, essays and poems. Her work has been translated into English and Japanese, been broadcast on radio, and made into a film. In the fall of 2007, Mar was a visiting fellow at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

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