City of Asylum/ Pittsburgh en A River of Words Will Flow Through The North Side <p>A North Side-based group known most for its support of exiled writers is spreading the word, literally.&nbsp;</p><p>The City of Asylum has partnered with the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art to connect its Alphabet City, a literary center, to its Alphabet Reading Garden, the residential part of the neighborhood, by creating what it is calling a River of Words. The “River” will consist of area neighbors hosting words made out of&nbsp; plastic placed on the outside of their homes.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:30:59 +0000 Jess Lasky 30749 at Exiled Writer Moniru Ravanipur Shares Insight on Free Speech in Iran <p>As a young writer, <a href="">Moniru Ravanipur</a>, hoped that her writing would keep her alive. But more often than not it caused conflict with the Islamic government of Iran, where she grew up.</p><p>After waiting nearly seven years to get permission to publish her work, then ten years for her first novel, Ravanipur’s work was quickly banned.</p><p>“I didn’t write before the revolution. I wrote a short collection story that immediately they burnt and banned...That was not the only story that they banned.” Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:17:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25499 at Exiled Writer Moniru Ravanipur Shares Insight on Free Speech in Iran 'Woman of Courage' to Speak in Pittsburgh <p>The Pittsburgh community can look forward to hearing from a “Woman of Courage” thanks to the Ellis School and the City of Asylum.</p><p>The Woman of Courage is someone who, through her writing, had the courage to confront oppression and injustice in her country and has suffered as a result usually through banishment if not imprisonment.</p><p>The organizations have partnered up to bring Moniru Ravanipur, originally from Iran, to read from her books and talk about her experiences.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:46:05 +0000 Jess Lasky 24203 at Breaking Down Global and Local Barriers Through City of Asylum <p><a href="">City of Asylum Pittsburgh</a> was launched in 2004 and has since been a hub of activity on Pittsburgh’s North Side.</p><p>Created as a sanctuary for writers in exile, City of Asylum is expanding into a vehicle for community development on the city’s North Side.</p><p>Henry Reese, founder of City of Asylum, says the organization's role in the community is constantly evolving. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:19:43 +0000 Nick Frost 21665 at Breaking Down Global and Local Barriers Through City of Asylum City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Firmly Rooted in Its North Side Neighborhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Cities of asylum” form a global network of support for oppressed and endangered writers.</span></p><p><br>In Europe they are supported by governments. In the United States they are usually sponsored by universities. <a href="">City of Asylum/Pittsburgh</a>, however, operates on a different model.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:11:57 +0000 Bob Studebaker 12140 at With Grant, City of Asylum Hopes to Create Public Works of Art, Literature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local arts group hopes to use a grant to turn Pittsburgh into a canvas promoting freedom of expression.</span></p><p>ArtPlace America awarded a grant to the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh to launch its newest project, the “Garden to Garden” Artway.</p><p>City of Asylum/Pittsburgh spokeswoman Elizabeth Baisley said the artway will create spaces where literature and art are visible to the public as they walk along the streets of Pittsburgh.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 10084 at