City of Asylum: New House Block Party

21 Nov 2021


*promoted by University of Pittsburgh*

A message from City of Asylum:
As the days grow darker, Sampsonia Way is getting brighter!

We just finished our fifth “house publication”—the writer houses with artworks on their façades. This House Publication is based on texts and drawings by City of Asylum’s writer-in-residence Tuhin Das. And the bright colors represent the flag of Bangladesh, his home country.

We will inaugurate this new House Publication on Sunday November 21st from 3-5 PM with a poetry reading and discussion by Tuhin. There will be light refreshments. We hope that you will join and us to celebrate.

Registration is not required. Just drop in! More details to come.

Tuhin Das is a Bengali poet, activist, political columnist, short story writer and essayist. His work is widely published in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. He is the author of eight poetry books in his native language. His full-length, unpublished manuscript Exile Poems focuses on his life as an exiled writer.

Das’ work appeared in or is forthcoming from The Logue Project’s Home Language, Words without Borders, The Bare Life Review, and “Where Am i From?” The WAiF project.

Since 2013, he has been the target of fundamentalist militant groups who have murdered secular writers and activists in Bangladesh. Instead of protecting him, the police collected and examined his writings for anti-Islamist statements to use against him. In order to save his own life, he had no choice but to go into hiding and find a way out of Bangladesh. He left his country in April 2016. Tuhin Das is now an ICORN writer-in-residence of City of Asylum in Pittsburgh.

Event Date: 
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 3:00pm