City of Asylum Staff ShowcaseWednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Join us for an evening of songs, readings, performances and more presented by the staff here at City of Asylum!
City of Asylum employees will showcase their personal creativity on Alphabet City’s mainstage at the first ever staff showcase. Various COA staff will present their creative work as a way for audiences to get acquainted with the people behind the scenes!
City of Asylum is proud to have such a creative staff whose passion for the arts drives them to succeed, and is excited to provide a platform for free expression!
This event will be hosted by T.J. Murphy and COA’s valued volunteer Zach Snyder! Please join us for a night of talent, artistic expression, and fun!
Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now living in Pittsburgh via Chicago, Osama Alomar is one of the most well-respected Arabic poets writing today, and a prominent practitioner of the Arabical-qisa al-qasira jiddan, the “very short story.” He is the author of Fullblood Arabian in English, and three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic. Alomar’s first full-length collection of stories, The Teeth of the Comb, was published by New Directions in April 2017. His short stories have been published in Newyorker.com, Noon, Conjunctions.com, The Coffin Factory, Electric Literature, and The Literary Review. Currently, Alomar is working on a new novel about the Syrian War tentatively called The Womb, as well as another project called The Book of Meditations about love, hate, democracy, dictatorships, motherhood, freedom, success, and failure among other concepts surrounding the human experience. He also enjoys singing and playing guitar, and often travels with his translator C.J. Collins. He is a current writer-in-residence at City of Asylum Pittsburgh who’s organization works to provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices not be silenced.
Darrell Brock: Animator, poet, musician, and activist. Darrell is the founder of the Lighthouse Collective: a group that seeks to guide people to inner peace through poetry, prose, music, and visual arts. The Lighthouse Magazine’s first issue is coming out soon so be on the lookout!
Tuhin Das is a poet, activist, political columnist, short story writer and essayist. He was born and raised in Barisal, Bangladesh. He is the author of seven poetry books in his native language Bengali. He was involved in the Little Magazine Movement and edited a few literary magazines; he’s had contemporary poetry criticism articles, short stories and political columns published in the last fifteen years in Bangladesh. Since 2013, he has been the target of fundamentalist militant groups who have murdered secular writers and activists in Bangladesh. Instead of protecting him, the police collected and examined his writings for anti-Islamist statements to use against him. To save his own life, he had no choice but to go into hiding and find a way out of Bangladesh. He left his country on April 2016. Tuhin Das is now the current ICORN writer-in-residence of City of Asylum in Pittsburgh. Tuhin’s latest publication can be seen in Words without Borders, a journal focusing on translated works by authors that are not easily accessible to English-speaking readers.
Alexis Jabour is a Duquesne grad who’s been doing miscellaneous theater and radio things in the city since graduating five years ago. In addition to City of Asylum, she works at Shaler North Hills Library, and in her spare time enjoys vlogging, writing, small coffeeshops, and long walks in the park. Alexis will be playing her trusty acoustic guitar alongside her friend Kat, who will be singing.
Karla Lamb‘s work has appeared in Word Riot, Brooklyn-based A Women’s Thing Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Runaway Hotel, and Voices from the Attic Vol. XIX so far. Lamb has an MFA in poetry from Carlow University’s Creative Writing program, and is currently working on her full length poetry manuscript. She has edited for After Happy Hour Review, and can usually be found collaborating with various artists and writers in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lucia LoTempio is a poet who grew up in place almost as rusty as Pittsburgh. You can find her work in or forthcoming from Academy of American Poets, The Journal, Passages North, Quarterly West, TYPO, and more. Co-authored with Suzannah Russ Spaar, her chapbook Undone in Scarlet will be released in late 2018 from Tammy Press. Currently, Lucia edits book reviews for Aster(ix) and is a project coordinator for City of Asylum. Get in touch at lucialotempio.com.
Rebecca Martin is a project coordinator at City of Asylum and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s from the Department of English (poetry track) and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program with a minor in Spanish. Originally from Southwest Ohio, she has been studying and producing creative writing since 2008, and has been published in both The Original Magazine and Spill: A Queer Arts Magazine, in addition to taking part in local poetry readings, since starting her undergraduate career at Pitt. She also participated in the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program at Pitt, a semester-long collaboration with the Physics & Astronomy Department.
Ayne Terceira an improviser, interactive performer, and theater maker responsible for a variety of strange, audience-driven theater and art pieces including Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale, Mingled, Prof. Eldritch’s Asylum for Uncanny Women, Advent (a story-driven Christmas Card scavenger hunt), The Voyage of Seasoar, Serpentine: An Alternative Reality Game, and her latest piece Mass. Her work with ScareHouse’s intense fear experience The Basement was featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and her one-woman improvised musical morality play Grammelot was a 2016 Pittsburgh’s Magazine’s Best of the ‘Burgh editor’s pick. She is currently working on expanding Grammelot into a full-length complicit experience that more fully incorporates audiences into the sing-y, dance-y fun. As the Creative Director of Uncumber Theatrics , her goal is to push the boundaries of the theatrical experience by activating audiences to make meaningful real-time choices in fully fleshed-out devised worlds.
T.J. Murphy is a native Pittsburgher from the Northside. His photographic work showcases a global vision with emphasis on human expression and the beauties of nature. T.J. has worked in photography and the video community for several years and can frequently be found working around the city. He is currently the Programming Director for Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zach Snyder works with local youth at Jefferson Recreation Center in the Northside. He is one of many COA volunteers that come on a monthly basis to help at our events.