• jamar thrasher
    Writers in the Garden: Jamar Thrasher

    On July 17th, City of Asylum Pittsburgh presented Writers in the Garden, an annual celebration of local poets and the Northside community. Curated by Jim Daniels, this year’s featured writers were Craig Bernier, Leslie Ann McIlroy, Dave Newman, Wendy Paff, and Jamar Thrasher.

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  • Rachida Madani and Marilyn Hacker
    Armed with Words: Moroccan Poet Rachida Madani

    Rachida Madani sees herself as “a poet armed with words to bear witness and revolt against injustice, social inequality, women’s conditions in a patriarchal society, men’s superiority complex, despotism, and a lack of freedom of expression.” In this edition of The Writer’s Block, Rachida spoke about language, womanhood, and reinventing Scheherazade.

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  • Moniro Ravanipour
    Readings at City of Asylum: Q&A with Moniro Ravanipour

    On March 7, 2014, Moniro Ravanipour read from her work-in-progress and subsequently answered questions posed by audience members at the City of Asylum. In this Q&A on Sampsonia Way, Moniro explains her writing style, the journey to America, her thoughts on the “sound” of English vs. Farsi, and she divulges her secret to publishing in Iran.

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  • Cuban-Newrrative
    A Reading at City of Asylum: Generation Zero

    January 31, 2014 marked the launch of Sampsonia Way’s first anthology Generation Zero: An Anthology of New Cuban Fiction. In this video, Pittsburgh’s Josh Raulerson (WESA) as well as American novelist and college professor Angie Cruz read from the new release.

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  • amiri baraka
    In Memoriam: An Interview with the Late Amiri Baraka

    On January 9, 2014Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright and activist, passed away at the age of 79. A leading figure of the Black Arts movement, today we remember Baraka by sharing an interview Sampsonia Way published in 2011, after he came to read with Cave Canem at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

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