“We had no idea that a program providing sanctuary to endangered, exiled writers would resonate so deeply in the community. We only thought about the writers and making a new home for them, and then we discovered that our own neighborhood was being transformed in the process. Looking forward we hope our neighborhood will be an inspiring community to live in, where art and the imagination are central.” – Henry Reese, City of Asylum co-founder
Our 15th anniversary celebration begins with a special reading by five former City of Asylum Exiled Writers-in-Residence. This one-night-only event is an opportunity for the writers to reconnect with one another and, more importantly, to reunite with the people of Pittsburgh in a neighborhood they continue to transform.
Featured writers include Huang Xiang (China), Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador), Khet Mar (Burma), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran).