Israel Centeno (Venezuela) & Yaghoub Yadali (Iran)Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Join City of Asylum Pittsburgh and LA-based publisher Phoneme Media in a celebration of the English-language debuting two City of Asylum writers-in-residence, in exile from Venezuela and Iran.
Following the bilingual readings from Israel Centeno’s poetic thriller The Conspiracy and Yaghoub Yadali’s meditative Rituals of Restlessness, Phoneme founder David Shook will converse with the authors about their personal experiences of exile, their sources of continuing inspiration, and what it’s like to hear their work in English.
Israel Centeno (Venezuela) is a writer-in-residence at City of Asylum, having arrived in 2011. He is the author of poetry, short stories, and ten novels and is regarded as one of the most important Venezuelan literary figures of the past fifty years. He has won numerous awards, including the Federico Garcia Lorca Award in Spain and the National Council of Culture Award in Venezuela in 1991. Known as a literary innovator, his work deals with urban dystopias and controversial themes.
Yaghoub Yadali, a fiction writer from Iran, was a City of Asylum Writer-in-residence from 2013-2015. He has directed for television and was an editor of Roshd magazine. He is the author of the short story collection, Sketches in the Garden (1997) and the novels Adaab-e Bi-Gharari (The Rituals of Restlessness), which won the 2004 Golshiri Foundation Award, and Probability of Merriment and Mooning (2001). His short stories, articles, essays, and translations are widely published in Iran, and in Turkey.
Poet, translator, and filmmaker David Shook was raised in Mexico City. He earned a BA at the University of Oklahoma and an MSt at Oxford University. In his debut collection, Our Obsidian Tongues (2013), Shook explores the violence and hunger of everyday life, steeping his poems in lush imagery and sensory detail. He has served as the editor of Molossus and Phoneme Media and as a contributing editor to World Literature Today and Ambit. His honors include a Pushcart Prize nomination and an English PEN Translation Residency for Poetry Parnassus. Shook lives in Los Angeles.
Phoneme Media is a nonprofit media company dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding, connecting people and ideas through translated books and films.