Standing up for those who speak up

Around the world, writers, journalists, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, actors, and other creative people are censored, harassed, imprisoned, or killed for speaking their minds or exercising their imaginations. Since 2001, Ithaca City of Asylum has welcomed at-risk writers and artists into the Ithaca community, enabling them to continue their work and helping them and their families meet the challenges of a new environment. Learn more.

What we do makes a difference

For more than 20 years, Ithaca has stepped up to help writers and artists in peril. Our solidarity sends echoes well beyond our community. Learn more.

News & Events

Spring tidings (and good news!)

As attacks continue on writers, artists, journalists, and human rights defenders, we pause to celebrate the successes of our latest guests.

Remembering Russell Banks

The novelist Russell Banks died on January 7, 2023. Henry Reese, co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, remembers him as a central figure in the City of Asylum movement.

Exiled writers complete solidarity tour

Four writers who were forced to flee their home countries spent Banned Books Week on a three-city solidarity tour that included public presentations, meetings with students, social events, and other activities.