How to Heal: An Interview with Alicia Ostriker

  Last September, Alicia Ostriker performed in City of Asylum’s Jazz and Poetry Festival. Ostriker’s performance was at once graceful and snappy. Reading alongside the evening’s jazz band, her words plucked at the heartstrings of the […]

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Sounds in Translation: An Interview with Tarfia Faizullah

This past September, Tarfia Faizullah flew in from Chicago to join City of Asylum as they wrapped up their 15th annual Jazz Poetry Month. Prior to her performance, Faizullah sat down in the Alphabet City green […]

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Constellation of Words: An Interview with Roy Guzmán

After their rehearsal for their City of Asylum reading, Roy Guzmán was kind enough to sit down and chat  about poetry, language, and what words mean in times of strife. Guzmán is a Honduran-born, Miami-raised poet […]

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The Mutability of Time and Language: An Interview with Alison C. Rollins

Our bodies and minds can be understood as containers, or vessels. They’re storing things, they’re storing memories, or they may be actively trying to forget certain things, withdraw certain items. So when we enter rooms, when we enter spaces, what are the things that we are carrying? What are the things we are always holding and bringing with us?

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Friends in Translation

Osama Alomar settles into his home in Pittsburgh’s North Side and opens up Skype. In Quebec, Canada, more than 750 miles away, C.J. Collins sits at his desk, pulls a set of headphones over his ears, […]

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How to Heal: An Interview with Alicia Ostriker
by  / November 14, 2019
  Last September, Alicia Ostriker performed in City of Asylum’s Jazz and Poetry Festival. Ostriker’s performance was at once graceful and snappy. Reading alongside the evening’s jazz band, her words plucked at the heartstrings of the […] Read more...
On Emptiness: Thinking, Feeling, Acting, and the Lack Thereof
by  / August 30, 2019
  In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt gives a philosophical account of the trial of a high-ranking Nazi official named Adolf Eichmann. The German bureacrat was famously captured in Argentina and tried in Jerusalem for his […] Read more...

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