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All Pittsburghers are Poets: Poem of the Week

City of Asylum Banner (2019)

Happy National Poetry Month!

As we spend as much time at home as possible due to COVID-19, we invite you to tap into your own well of creativity. City of Asylum believes that All Pittsburghers are Poets, and now we want to hear from you! We are calling all residents of Allegheny County to send us a poem by April 30 for consideration in the new online series “All Pittsburghers are Poets: Poem of the Week” to be published in Sampsonia Way Magazine. Writers of accepted poems will receive $15 for their work in honor of City of Asylum’s 15th year.

All Pittsburghers Are Poets

Has it been a while since you wrote a poem? To encourage us all to put pen to paper, we have created a gallery of poetry writing prompts like the one below. You’ll find 8 prompts inspired by our Exiled Writers-in-Residence, 40 general prompts, and 25 prompts created with youth in mind.

Writing Prompt

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Poet Corrine Jasmin Navigates Trauma with Resilience

City of Asylum (2018)

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Presents

Stories That Heal

Thursday, May 30th
7:00 pm

Stories That Heal — presented by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania — returns with their monthly reading series highlighting local authors who live with and/or have a loved one who lives with mental health conditions. Their stories promote empathy, foster resilience and uncover the truths about living with a mental health diagnosis.

Corrine Jasmin

This May features Corrine Jasmin, local writer, artist, and filmmaker. Corrine uses her work as a tool for healing, loving and making sense of a chaotic world. Her work frequently features her “Trifecta” narrative: being black, being a woman and being queer. She will read from Tread, her poetry collection that touches on mental health, childhood trauma, falling in love, heartbreak and self-loathing.

Corrine presented a moving multimedia performance at Alphabet City in April 2017, and we’re thrilled to welcome her back as we celebrate Pittsburgh literature and fight stigma!

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An Evening of Poetry on April 22

Independent Bookstore Day

Join City Books in celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 pm when we host two of Pittsburgh best local poets.


Jennifer Jackson BerryJennifer Jackson Berry’s first full length collection of poetry The Feeder was released from YesYes Books in December 2016. The manuscript was offered publication from the 2015 Pamet River Prize finalist list. She is also the author of the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications 2014) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press 2003). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Assistant Editor of WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She is a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic and lives in Pittsburgh.

Jay CarsonJay Carson holds a Doctor of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and taught at Robert Morris University for many years, where he was a faculty advisor to the student literary journal, Rune. Now a full-time writer, Jay is the author of a chapbook, Irish Coffee, and a longer book of poetry, The Cinnamon of Desire. He has published more than 80 poems in local and national journals, magazines, and collections, including Connecticut Review, Folio, The Fourth River, Edison Literary Review, Louisville Review, and Southern Indiana Review.