City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

The International Network of Cities of Asylum designates cities that will host and provide for writers in political exile from their native country. Pittsburgh is one of four U.S. cities chosen to host these writers. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh works in conjunction with the Mattress Factory to house writers in exile for up to two years.

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh partners with various organizations to hold periodic readings with their writers-in-residence and other writers.

Past Readers

COAP holds an annual JAZZ-POETRY CONCERT, has partnered with Gist Street Reading Series to host Writers in the Gardens, aad has partnered with the American Shorts series. At American Shorts, COAP has presented Francisco Goldman and resident writer, Horacio Castellanos Moya, as well as Iranian writers Anahita Firouz and (resident) Moniro Ravanipour. Featured writers at Writers in the Gardens have included: Kazim Ali, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Yona Harvey, Nancy Krygowski, and Lois Williams. Featured poets at the JAZZ-POETRY event have included Gerald Stern, Lynn Emanuel, Terrance Hayes, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Cvetka Lipuš, Román Antopolsky, Nikola Madzirov, Rogelio Saunders, Maryam Ala Amjadi, and novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya.

Additionally, they have held readings to showcase their current writer-in-residence, such as Huang Xiang in November 2004, or to dedicate a new "House Publication," as the reading with Wole Soyinka, Toi Derricotte, and Huang Xiang in September 2006.


Sampsonia Way Magazine and the Pittsburgh Literary Calendar are both run by COAP.

House Publications

The House Publications are houses decorated with writing and used to provide a two-year home for each exiled writer. Located on Sampsonia Way, the House Publications are a collaboration with the Mattress Factory.

Huang Xiang's "House Poem" on Sampsonia Way, North Side.


External Links

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh site:

See more of "House Poem" by Huang Xiang