The Park Center for Independent Media invites you to an evening celebrating four writers who have braved danger and refused censorship to exercise their artistic independence.
Join us on Thursday, September 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Textor 101, Ithaca College.
Poet Dmitry Bykov nearly died in a poisoning, then was banned from teaching or appearing on Russian TV. Essayist Pwaangulongii Dauod received death threats for writing about queer culture in Nigeria. Cartoonist Pedro X. Molina watched Nicaraguan state forces jail his colleagues and occupy his newspaper’s offices. Novelist Anouar Rahmani was threatened with imprisonment for writing about human rights in Algeria.
All four were forced from their homelands and found sanctuary through a City of Asylum in Ithaca, Pittsburgh, or Detroit. Timed with Banned Books Week, this event is part of a tour of solidarity between the programs of these three cities. It also marks the 20th anniversary of Ithaca City of Asylum protecting and supporting writers at risk.
This event is co-sponsored with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College Department of Writing, and the Department of Literatures in English. Read more about the speakers here.