Ithaca City of Asylum

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Afar

Far away, always far away. Your hometown—you’ll use your whole life but you can’t reach it. Clouds flow with water; you surrender all longing to the sky. Soil floats in the air above the earth, just like a mother’s love…

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Voices of Freedom 2016

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Library exhibits celebrate ICOA’s 15th anniversary

In honor of ICOA’s 15th anniversary, the Tompkins County Public Library and Olin Library at Cornell University will both feature exhibits about the organization’s history. Running from September 15 through October 15, each exhibit features images, writing, and historical materials….

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Voices of Freedom September 25

Join Raza Rumi, Sonali Samarasinghe, Sarah Mkhonza, and Yi Ping in helping Ithaca City of Asylum celebrate 15 years of supporting dissident voices. Featuring a short reading and panel discussion with refreshments following the event. The Kitchen Theatre 417 W. State…

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New Blog Post by Irakli Kakabadze

Former ICOA writer Irakli Kakabadze has become an ICORN writer in residence in Barcelona, Spain. Recently he wrote this blog post for Arcade.  His residency was announced in the Spanish-language newspaper La Vanguardia.   

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Sonali Samarasinghe Addresses ICORN Global Meeting in Paris

Sonali Samarasinghe, a former ICOA writer in resident, gave a very eloquent speech about her experiences to the ICORN General Assembly in Paris this spring. Reclaiming the Lost Sonali Samarasinghe speaking at the opening of the ICORN General Assembly in…

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Pittsburgh City of Asylum welcomes new writer

Pittsburgh City of Asylum has announced the arrival of Tuhin Das, their newest exiled writer-in-residence. Tuhin is a poet, short story writer, and editor from Bangladesh.   Since September of 2015, he has been in hiding due to death threats, a…

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Readings and Performances in Honor of Sabeen Mahmud

Raza Rumi invites you to his event. Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York. “Faasla Na Rakhein – Pyar Hone Dein” Let there be no distance – let there be love. A year ago,…

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Raza Rumi at Spring Writes

Sunday, May 1 3:00 – 4:00pm Buffalo Street Books Raza Ahmad Rumi reads from his memoir in progress and will also read some of his political writings on Pakistan and South Asia. The reading will be followed by a Q &A.

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Raza Rumi publishes powerful WorldPost piece

Raza Rumi writes on the need for Pakistan to engage actively in deradicalization. Read more here.

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