• Saadat Hasan Manto
    Manto: The Literary Voice of a Nation

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled Bina Shah profiles Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto, who faced obscenity charges in Pakistan during his lifetime. After decades of being marginalized, Manto’s work is now recognized as “the literary voice of a nation.”

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  • Virgilio Piñera
    Virgilio Piñera

    Cuba has declared this year to be “The Year of Virgilio” in honor of Virgilio Piñera, a writer it once imprisoned. A pioneer of absurd literature and theater, author Horacio Castellanos Moya writes an overview of Piñera, his life and works, in this week’s column.

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  • Writers in the Garden 2010
    Writers in the Garden 2012

    Prior to the Jazz Poetry Concert on September 8th, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is presenting Writers in the Garden, a celebration of local poets and the Northside community. This year’s poets include Christopher Medal-winners, Pushcart Prize-nominees and NEA Fellows.

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  • Saya U Win Pe
    U Win Pe: A Versatile Man

    U Win Pe, artist, writer, director, and cartoonist is profiled in this week’s Teahouse by Khet Mar. Throughout his career, U Win Pe has drawn the connection between art, writing and freedom of expression. He plans to return to Burma after 18 years of exile.

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  • Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
    Two Poems from Patricia Smith

    The poet, teacher and Cave Canem fellow Patricia Smith shares “What Garfield Park Kept Saying” and “An Open Letter to Joseph Peter Naras, Take 2″, two poems from her collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Smith is a guest poet at City of Asylum’s 2012 Jazz Poetry concert.

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