Pittsburgh Literary Calendar is a project of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh and its online magazine Sampsonia Way. Their common mission is to promote and support literary free expression, locally and worldwide. Pittsburgh Literary Calendar aspires to provide a comprehensive list of literary readings and events of all members of Pittsburgh's diverse literary community, whether they are independent or associated with an organization. The calendar grew from a partnership with the previous online Pittsburgh Poetry Calendar.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh provides sanctuary to endangered literary writers in a row of residences on Sampsonia Way, a small alley on Pittsburgh’s Northside, so that the writers can continue to write, and their voices are not silenced. We also facilitate the creative practice of writers and translators, encouraging cross-cultural exchange, while transforming a cluster of dilapidated buildings into an anchor for economic and cultural revitalization of our community.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is currently developing a literary center on Monterey Street, near its Sampsonia Way writer residences. Because Pittsburgh lacks a facility for literary activities, the literary center is intended to be a key resource for writers and readers throughout the Pittsburgh region.