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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Crystal Hana Kim: On Love, Empathy, and Maternal Ambivalence

The following conversation is reprinted with permission of Aster(ix).  If You Leave Me, the debut novel of Crystal Hana Kim, consistently topped best of lists for 2018. Though the hard realities and complexities of the Korean War […]

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Listening for the Noise: An Interview with Andrea Brady

Andrea Brady sat down with Sampsonia Way to discuss drones, fighting the system, and what it means to be an experimental poet. In February, Brady visited City of Asylum to read her from her newest suite of […]

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