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Kakabadze convicted and fined; PEN International joins ICOA’s call to action

On January 22, 2016, former Ithaca City of Asylum writer Irakli Kakabadze was found guilty by a court in the Republic of Georgia on a charge stemming from his arrest during a peaceful protest on December 25, 2015. Kakabadze, who…

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ICOA Issues Call to Action

Ithaca City of Asylum board members are calling on people to write to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, to protest the arrest and beating of former resident writer Irakli Kakabadze by security forces in the…

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New Writer in Residence and 2015 Voices of Freedom Event

Ithaca City of Asylum presents Voices of Freedom 2015, featuring our new writer-in-residence, Raza Ahmad Rumi.   Rumi is a Pakistani policy analyst, journalist, and author. He has been a leading voice in Pakistan’s public arena against extremism and human-rights violations….

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Kakabadze Assaulted in Republic of Georgia; Dolidze Takes Government Position There

Ithaca City of Asylum’s fourth resident writer, Irakli Kakabadze, resumed his career as a human rights campaigner in the Republic of Georgia in 2012 after the defeat of Prime Minister Saakashvili, under whose regime he was harassed and imprisoned five…

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Reza Daneshvar 1948–2015

The Iranian playwright, Reza Daneshvar, who was Ithaca City of Asylum’s second resident writer, passed away in Paris on May 27, 2015. He was 67 years old. Reza lived in Ithaca from 2003–2006, during which he completed English versions of…

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Edward Hower’s Latest Book is an Eloquent Collection of Essays

Edward Hower, a member of the ICOA board, published his latest book, What Can You Do: Personal Essays and Travel Writing, in October. A witch-haunted temple in India; carrying a spear in New York City operas; witnessing a revolution in…

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A Voice for Freedom

Sonali Samarasinghe, Ithaca City of Asylum’s fifth writer in residence, read from her new poetry chapbook, The Land My Father Gave Me, and her upcoming nonfiction book on Sri Lankan media and politics on April 9th at 5:30 pm in…

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Samarasinghe to Teach on Challenges to Justice

Sonali Samarasinghe, Ithaca City of Asylum visiting writer and scholar in the Ithaca College Honors program, will teach a one-credit course connected to the upcoming Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Justice: What’s the right thing to do? From price…

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Samarasinghe Judges the Dissonance Project

Sonali Samarasinghe, ICOA’s writer-in-residence, served as one of the jurors for “The Dissonance Project,” a writing contest for high school students. The contest was sponsored by Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College. In an interview about her…

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New Publications from ICOA Board Members

A play, “Rat-tat-tat,” by David Guaspari, is featured in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2013, edited by Lawrence Harbison, published by Smith and Kraus.  It’s just come out. Christopher Gonzales won the 2014 S. I. Newhouse School Prize for Creative Nonfiction…

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