Memories in Exile: Khet Mar and Her Sons on Burmese Culture and Adapting to the West

In honor of City of Asylum’s 15th year, we’ve spoken with the resident writers who have spent time in Pittsburgh living in exile on Sampsonia Way. The following interview is the first installment of our Memories […]

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Sublime Particulars: An Interview with Emmanuel Iduma

  In September of this year, Nigerian writer, Emmanuel Iduma performed at City of Asylum’s annual Jazz Poetry Festival. He read alongside music from Portuguese vocalist-composer, Sara Serpa, and like his most recent book A Stranger’s […]

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A Writer’s Responsibility is to Their Obsessions: A Conversation With Cristina García

The following conversation is reprinted with permission of Aster(ix). Interview by Lissette Escariz Ferrá. Not every day does a cuban immigrant get to interview one of the most important voices of Cuban-American literature. Cristina García has […]

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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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