City of Asylum presents readings throughout the year featuring international literary authors and writers of interest in many genres. We also present annual performances and literary events such as the annual Jazz-Poetry Concert, Writers in the Gardens, and Cave Canem Poets Reading.
City of Asylum Pittsburgh Prize 2015. Open to writers from Western Pennsylvania, aged 30 and over, who have published at least one full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, are invited to apply. The prize is a month-long, all-expenses-paid residency in Brussels, Belgium. Learn more.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh's acclaimed 8th annual Jazz Poetry Concert took place September 8, 2012. This year's concert featured writers Patricia Smith (USA), Luis Bravo (Uruguay), T.J. Dema (Botswana), Khet Mar (Burma) and Israel Centeno (Venezuela); and music by the Oliver Lake Steel Quartet with Meshell Ndegeocello! (View more original videos in our Multimedia section)