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New Video Offers Portraits of ICOA Writers

In September 2008, Shaun Poust, then a freshman at Ithaca College, volunteered to help out with ICOA’s Voices of Freedom event, which that year welcomed the group’s new writer-in-residence, Irakli Kakabadze.   Something about the work of ICOA and Irakli Kakabadze’s…

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Far From Home

Both Sarah Mkhonza (Swaziland), ICOA’s resident writer from 2006-08, and Irakli Kakabadze (Republic of Georgia), our resident writer from 2008-2011, participated in the December 8 book launch for Far From Home,  an anthology of poetry by some of Ithaca’s resident…

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Celebrating with Center for Transformative Action

On Oct. 23, ICOA joined other partners in helping to celebrate the Center for Transformative Action’s 40th anniversary. The event, which took place at the Greater Ithaca Activies Center, included a talk by Anke Wessels, executive director of CTA, and…

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ICOA’s “Voices of Freedom” Featured Exiled Burmese Writer Khet Mar

This year Ithaca City of Asylum’s “Voices of Freedom” event, held annually to observe Banned books/Freedom to Read Week, featured exiled Burmese writer and activist Khet Mar. The program was co-sponsored and hosted by the Tompkins County Public Library. Khet…

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ICOA Elects New Officers, 2011-2012

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) board of directors has elected new  officers for 2011-2012.  ICOA is a community organization that provides sanctuary to writers whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, or whose languages are…

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Commemorating Ten Years of Giving Voice to Freedom

On the occasion of it’s tenth anniversary celebration Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) recently published the brochure Ithaca City of Asylum: Celebrating Ten Years of Giving Voice to Freedom. The brochure is a retrospective of ICOA’s work supporting writers who…

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ITHACA CITY OF ASYLUM CELEBRATION: NOVEMBER 6TH, 2010

10-year Anniversary of Defending the Freedom to Write In celebration of 10 years of providing a safe haven to oppressed writers, Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) sponsored a marathon reading, Voices of Freedom, featuring many of the community’s talented authors….

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Irakli Kakabadze Reads at Tompkins County Library

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with a spirited and inspiring presentation and performance by Cornell University Writer in Residence and Visiting Professor Irakli Kakabadze. Kakabadze, a writer, peace studies scholar and activist, and his wife, Anna Dolidze, now a research…

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ICOA Celebrates Irakli Kakabadze’s Classroom Teaching In April 7 Event

During his residency, Irakli Kakabadze has led a seminar in the Cornell University Peace Studies Program teaching students to use literature to create positive solutions for society. In one such class, the students took Kakabadze’s tragedy, Candidate Jokola (which has…

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Irakli Kakabadze Receives 2009 Oxfam Novib/PEN Award

On November 18, ICOA writer in residence Irakli Kakabadze received the Oxfam Novib/PEN Award, which is awarded annually to writers who have been forced to flee their home countries. Also receiving awards were Maziar Bahari (Iran), Daniel Coronell (Colombia), Chi…

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