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 Jack Sooäär Quartet. Between jazz sets, the Quartet will collaborate with writers Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez and Rita Malikonyte Mockus for a jazz and poetry interlude.     Featured Musicians:  The Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet was established in April 2010. The final concert of their first tour […]

1 Oct

Jazz Poetry: Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet

Join us for an evening of international jazz with the Jack Sooäär Quartet. Between jazz sets, these musicians will collaborate with writer Yona Harvey for a jazz and poetry interlude.   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 […]

6 Oct

Sembène Film Festival: They Will Have To Kill Us First

Join us for a screening of the film They Will Have To Kill Us First, presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival in partnership with City of Asylum. They Will Have To Kill Us First is a riveting documentary that follows Malian musicians in hiding, in exile, but always fighting back when Islamic extremists […]

7 Oct

Jazz Poetry: Mary Halvorson

Join us for an evening of avant-garde jazz with Mary Halvorson.     Featured Musician: Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Ms. Halvorson is best known for her […]

8 Oct

Jazz Poetry: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up

 Join us for an evening of avant-garde jazz with Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up.   Featured Musicians: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: Tomas Fujiwara; Drums Michael Formanek: Bass Mary Halvorson: Guitar Brian Settles: Tenor Saxophone Dave Ballou: Trumpet   Tomas Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New […]

9 Oct

Jazz Poetry: Thumbscrew

Join us for an evening of avant-garde jazz with Thumbscrew. Featured Musicians:  Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Thumbscrew is a cooperative trio consisting of new jazz leaders Michael Formanek (double bass), Mary Halvorson (guitar), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). The band’s name might conjure a fearsome image, but Thumbscrew makes inviting […]

12 Oct

Reading with Laura Secor

Join us for evening with The New Yorker writer Laura Secor, as part of our Freedom of Speech Series.   Laura Secor is the author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, published by Riverhead Books in February. She has covered Iran for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, […]

20 Oct

Readings with Idra Novey & Irina Reyn

Join us for an evening with Idra Novey and Irina Reyn as part of our International Fiction Series. Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil, and New York. Her second poetry collection Exit, […]

3 Nov

Sembène Film Festival: Xala (The Curse)

Join us for a screening of Xala (The Curse) presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum. Xala is director Ousmane Sembène’s savage and hilarious satire of the modern African bourgeoisie was heavily censored in Senegal.  Forsaking the more obvious (and politically acceptable) targets of European exploitation and racism, Sembène […]

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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.