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City of Asylum/Pittsburgh (COA/P) provides temporary sanctuary to creative writers under threat of imprisonment, persecution, or death in their native countries. For up to two years, COA/P provides housing, a stipend of $30,000 per year and medical coverage to the locally hosted writer. During this time, COA/P commissions translations of the hosted writer's work, arranges a variety of bi-lingual public readings by the hosted writer, and develops other non-traditional programs to build audience for the writer and for creative writing in general.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh provides sanctuary to writers exiled under threat of death, imprisonment, or persecution in their native countries.
We enable the writers to continue to write, while transitioning to a potentially permanent exile. Our current hosted writer-in-residence is the novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya, who was exiled from El Salvador due to death threats.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is a nonprofit that was started by local Pittsburghers. It is funded by concerned individuals and foundations and receives no government money for its writer-support programs.
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