Writers & Artists of City of Asylum

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
RSVP Coming Soon 2019-08-20 7:00pm 2019-08-20 8:30pm America/New_York Writers & Artists of City of Asylum 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for an evening of songs, readings, performances, and more presented by the staff here at City of Asylum.

City of Asylum staff will showcase their personal creativity on Alphabet City’s mainstage at our annual 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 Alexis Jabour and COA volunteer favorite, Blain Schiff!


Featured Artists:

Tuhin Das is a Bengali poet, activist, political columnist, short story writer and essayist, broadly published in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. He is the author of eight poetry books in his native language. His full-length, unpublished manuscript Exile Poems focuses on his life as an exiled writer. Das’ work appeared in or is forthcoming from The Logue Project’s Home Language, Words without Borders, The Bare Life Review, and “Where Am i From?” The WAiF project.


Karla Lamb is a multidisciplinary Chicana poet & artist. Her work has appeared in A Women’s Thing Magazine, The Shallow Ends, Coal Hill Review, Vox Populi, Word Riot, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Uppagus, Rogue Agent, and Voices from the Attic anthology. Lamb earned an MFA from Carlow University, and is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript. Lamb lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she works as a program manager for City of Asylum, an organization that provides sanctuary to endangered writers. She has edited for After Happy Hour Review, and can usually be found collaborating with various artists and writers. Learn more at karlalamb.com

Lucia LoTempio author photoLucia LoTempio is the author of Hot with the Bad Things (Alice James Books 2020). She hails from Buffalo, NY and left to earn an MFA in poetry at the University of Pittsburgh. You can find her poems in Passages North, The Journal, TYPO, Quarterly West, as part of the Academy of American Poets poem-a-day series, and elsewhere. With Suzannah Russ Spaar, she co-authored the chapbook Undone in Scarlet (Tammy 2019). Lucia still lives and writes in Pittsburgh, and she works at City of Asylum as a program manager. Drop a line at lucialotempio.com.

Rebecca Martin is a poet whose work has appeared or will appear in Original Magazine, Spill: A Queer Arts Magazine, and Pretty Owl Poetry. Originally from Southwest Ohio, she has been studying and producing creative writing since 2008 and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA from the English Department (poetry track) and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Rebecca has read her work at City of Asylum and at the Pitt’s Artist-in-Residency program through the Astronomy & Physics Department, and in July 2019 at White Whale Bookstore for Queers Write Pittsburgh. She works at City of Asylum as program & accessibility coordinator.

Khalil Zeigler is a poet and fiction writer. From the corner of 24th and Norris (North Philadelphia, PA), he discovered writing by way of fantasy fiction in high school and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s in English in pursuit of his passion. Khalil writes about escapism, feeling like an outsider in his own community, and hidden magic in everyday life. He works at City of Asylum as program coordinator.


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Event Details

August 20, 2019 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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