10 Sep

Grand Opening Ceremonies

Join us for a public conversation with Nobel Prize winning author Svetlana Alexievich and New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch.   Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich will be the guest of honor at the grand opening of City of Asylum @ Alphabet City on September 9 & 10, 2016. Her appearance will […]

10 Sep

Grand Opening Ceremonies (5 p.m.)

Join us for a public conversation with Nobel Prize winning author Svetlana Alexievich and New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch. Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich will be the guest of honor at the grand opening of City of Asylum @ Alphabet City on September 9 & 10, 2016. Her appearance will launch […]

15 Sep

Jazz Poetry: Oliver Lake

Experience the legendary jazz and poetry of Oliver Lake.   Featured Musician and Poet:  Saxophonist, poet and composer Oliver Lake‘s artistic vision remains daring, unique and uncompromising, helping him maintain his place as one of the preeminent saxophonists in the progressive jazz scene, a position he has long held during his long and storied career. […]

16 Sep

Jazz Poetry: Hamiet Bluiett & Roger Humphries

Jazz greats Hamiet Bluiett and Roger Humphries perform an evening of jazz poetry collaboration with Israel Centeno.   Featured Musicians:  Roger  Humphries is rated by music critics as one of the most exciting percussionists in the business. He has provided the rhythmic beat for such greats as Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Stanley […]

17 Sep

Jazz Poetry: World Saxophone Quartet

Join the World Saxophone Quartet for an evening of international jazz poetry collaboration featuring Adriana E. Ramírez and Osama Alomar.   Featured Musicians:  Roger Humphries is rated by music critics as one of the most exciting percussionists in the business. He has provided the rhythmic beat for such greats as Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Richard […]

22 Sep

Jazz Poetry: Kwame Dawes & Tuhin Das

Join us for an evening of local jazz with international jazz poetry collaboration featuring Kwame Dawes and Tuhin Das.   Featured Musicians: Local jazz!   Featured Poets:  Kwame Dawes is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including, most recently, Duppy Conqueror, Wheels, Back of Mount Peace, and Hope’s Hospice. He has also published two […]

23 Sep

Jazz Poetry: Richard Blanco

Join us for an evening of local jazz with jazz poetry collaboration featuring Richard Blanco.   Featured Musicians: Local jazz!   Featured Poet: Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in […]

29 Sep

Fiction Reading with Sjón

Join us for a fiction reading with Icelandic writer Sjón. Sjón‘s latest novel, Moonstone, was released by FSG on August 2. Born in Reykjavik in 1962, he is an award­ winning novelist, poet, and playwright. His novels, which include The Whispering Muse, The Blue Fox, and From the Mouth of the Whale, have been translated into […]

30 Sep

Jazz Poetry: Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet

Join us for an evening of international jazz with the Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet featuring poetry collaboration with Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez and Rita Malikonyte Mockus .   Featured Musicians:  The Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet was established in April 2010. The final concert of their first tour in Estonia was recorded and became an album “Karate” released by […]

1 Oct

Jazz Poetry: Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet

Join us for an evening of international jazz with the Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet featuring poetry collaboration with Yona Harvey.   Featured Musicians:  The Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet was established in April 2010. The final concert of their first tour in Estonia was recorded and became an album “Karate” released by renowned British label Leo […]

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Sanctuary

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, and offer a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.