City of Asylum/ Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Exiled Writer Moniru Ravanipur Shares Insight on Free Speech in Iran http://wesa.fm/post/exiled-writer-moniru-ravanipur-shares-insight-free-speech-iran <p>As a young writer, <a href="http://www.moniruravanipur.com/">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 http://wesa.fm Exiled Writer Moniru Ravanipur Shares Insight on Free Speech in Iran 'Woman of Courage' to Speak in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/woman-courage-speak-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 http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Global and Local Barriers Through City of Asylum http://wesa.fm/post/breaking-down-global-and-local-barriers-through-city-asylum <p><a href="http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/">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 http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Global and Local Barriers Through City of Asylum City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Firmly Rooted in Its North Side Neighborhood http://wesa.fm/post/city-asylumpittsburgh-firmly-rooted-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="http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/">City of Asylum/Pittsburgh</a>, however, operates on a different model.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:11:57 +0000 Bob Studebaker 12140 at http://wesa.fm With Grant, City of Asylum Hopes to Create Public Works of Art, Literature http://wesa.fm/post/grant-city-asylum-hopes-create-public-works-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 http://wesa.fm