Exile, Writing, and Cultural Freedom


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Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich, born in 1948 in Belarus, is the author of War Doesn’t Have a Woman’s Face which brought official accusations of “pacifism and an unheroic portrayal of the Soviet woman” and...

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Russell Banks

Russell Banks‘s writings include the novels Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter, and The Darling, as well as the story collection The Angel on the Roof. His The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction were...

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Jayne Cortez

Jayne Cortez was born in Arizona, raised in California, and resides in New York City. Described as a “womanist warrior poet,” Cortez is the author of ten books of poetry and has performed her poetry...

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Fernando Garavito

Fernando Garavito, is a well-known and highly respected newspaper columnist from Bogotá, Colombia. He was forced into exile after publishing a biography in 2002 detailing the links between Colombia’s...

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Bei Dao

Bei Dao, who was forced into exile following the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, is widely treasured by those who participated in China’s democracy movement. Dao is a member of China’s “misty...

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Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and president of INCA from 1997-2000, is among contemporary Africa’s greatest writers and one of the continent’s most imaginative...

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About this Event

An evening in support of the International Network of Cities of Asylum with Svetlana Alexievich, Russell Banks, Jayne Cortez, Fernando Garavito, Bei Dao, Wole Soyinka, and others.

The International Network of Cities of Asylum (INCA) was created after an appeal launched in July 1993 by 300 writers from all over the world for a new international structure capable of organizing a concrete solidarity with persecuted writers, in the form of a Cities of Asylum Network.

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