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Join Us for the Tenth Annual Writers in the Garden!

City of Asylum (2016)

Writers in the Garden

Saturday, Aug 27th
5:00-7:00 pm
Alphabet Reading Garden

Writers in the Garden

City of Asylum’s annual garden poetry event is now in its 10th year!

Join us August 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for a poetry reading in our newly opened Alphabet Reading Garden!

This year we are doing something special: While in the past, we have toured various gardens in the Northside, this year we have a new space to call our very own. Come help us celebrate the opening of the Alphabet Reading Garden with this very special garden event.

This year’s event is curated by Lori Jakiela. She has chosen an interesting mix of writers with very varied voices and perspectives—Cynthia Mendoza, Micki Myers, Scott Silsbe, and Meghan Tutolo. Each writer has also been commissioned by City of Asylum to write a special text representing their perspective on the Alphabet Reading Garden.

This event is FREE but limited to 70 people. Be sure to RSVP!

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Summer on Sampsonia: Last Jazz Wednesday of the Summer!

Summer on Sampsonia
Jazz Musician

Join Us for a Special Recorded Session with Roger Humphries & RH Factor

Roger Humphries & RH Factor

Wednesday, August 24th
7:00-9:00 pm
Alphabet City Tent
(318 Sampsonia Way)

Tomorrow is the last Jazz Wednesday event of the summer. However, the good things won’t end, they will continue: we are recording this Wednesday’s session live and making a CD from it!

We appreciate and want to celebrate your loyalty if you are a regular Jazz Wednesday attendee. And if you haven’t been able to make it out yet, we want to invite you to come out for this special last event!

So bring your friends and let’s make some noise together for these great local musicians! Let’s party and let Roger and RH Factor know how much we enjoy them.

Great Music, Raffles and Berlin Street Food

And don’t worry! Roger will be back this autumn for Jazz Poetry Month. Check out the Fall Calendar at for a full listing of his and other great jazz events.

Jazz Wednesday is a BYOB event, so feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage to sip on while you enjoy the band. Berlin Street Food will be selling their authentic German cuisine at the event, so grab a snack and enjoy an evening food and festivities.

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Join Us for a Special Program in Celebration of Our Grand Opening

City of Asylum (2016)

Grand Opening Celebration
Special Second Event!

with the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich
on Saturday, September 10, 2016 5:00 pm

We are thrilled to announce we have arranged a second Grand Opening event with Nobel Laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 10th!

We are appreciative to Ms. Alexievich and Mr. Gourevitch, who kindly agreed to present this second program so more people could join us in this day of celebration.

Alphabet City DrawingFor this grand moment in our evolution, the Guest of Honor 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich will deliver the “Inaugural Address” to launch City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. Afterwards, she will engage in a public interview/conversation with New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch.

We hope that you will celebrate the start of this new chapter with us.

Limited Tickets Available

Sorry, but if you are already coming to the 8:00 program, you cannot also attend at 5:00.