Pegah Ahmadi, poet (5:15 pm)
Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM (EDT)
Poetry reading followed by a Q & A.
One of 3 events in Exiled Voices of Iran on May 5. Please reserve for each event separately.
Iranian poet Pegah Ahmadi was born in Tehran in 1974. After her critiques of the role of the Islamic religion in the history of cruelty to women and suppression of free expression in Iran drew the wrath of government authorities, Ahmadi’s published works were confiscated, she was banned from further publication, and she was dismissed from her employment. In 2009, following her involvement with the Green Movement demonstrations, she was threatened with imprisonment, and subsequently left Iran with the assistance of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). She is now in residence at Brown University.
When & Where
City of Asylum/PIttsburgh
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that the writers can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. And we offer a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange. We anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.