City of Asylum http://wesa.fm en A River of Words Will Flow Through The North Side http://wesa.fm/post/river-words-will-flow-through-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 http://wesa.fm 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 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 Exiled Voices of China and Tibet Come To Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/exiled-voices-china-and-tibet-come-pittsburgh <p></p><p>The Pittsburgh based online magazine, <a href="http://www.sampsoniaway.org/">Sampsonia Way</a>, seeks to protect and advocate for writers in asylum, educate the public about threats to literary expression, and to create a community where endangered writers can thrive. This is made possible by the Northside's <a href="http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/">City of Asylum Pittsburgh</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/events/exiled-voices-june-8/"><strong>Exiled Voices <span class="il">of</span> China and Tibet</strong></a> is an event taking place this weekend at the City of Asylum.&nbsp; Notable international writers will for the first time, be able to talk about the exercise <span class="il">of</span> fundamental human rights in China. For many of these writers, they've never been in the same room at the same time or been able to speak freely about human rights. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:19:17 +0000 Heather McClain 10765 at http://wesa.fm Exiled Voices of China and Tibet Come To Pittsburgh Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: An Activist and Artist Blogging from Havana http://wesa.fm/post/orlando-luis-pardo-lazo-activist-and-artist-blogging-havana <p>For the first time in nearly 50 years, Cubans no longer need a special permit to travel outside the country. With the new <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/11/169070431/after-50-years-cuba-drops-unpopular-travel-restriction">potential for travel freedom</a>, how does one's view of the world change? Because of the relaxed restrictions, Cuban writer and photographer, <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/blogging-a-bridge-from-havana/"><strong>Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo</strong></a> is now visiting Pittsburgh and the United States for the first time. He joins us to talk about his work for City of Asylum's <a href="http://www.sampsoniaway.org/category/orlando-pardo/">Sampsonia Way Magazine</a>, publishing <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=es&amp;u=http://vocescubanas.com/&amp;prev=/search%3Fq%3Dvoces%2Bcuba%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DNVe%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=ecdmUdriFark4APS8YH4BA&amp;ved=0CDUQ7gEwAA">Voces, </a>Cuba's first independent e-zine,&nbsp; and what it took to travel to the U.S.</p><p>http://youtu.be/XnFyeNJ76iE Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7647 at http://wesa.fm Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: An Activist and Artist Blogging from Havana