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Samarasinghe, Rumi, and ICOA featured in podcast

Former ICOA writers-in-residence Sonali Samarasinghe (2012-2014) and Raza Rumi (2015-2017) recently told their stories to the podcast Asian in Ithaca: Stories of Race, Culture & Identity. They also discussed the vital role that ICOA has played in their lives.

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Pedro Molina speaks to The World

ICOA’s most recent artist-in-residence spoke with the public radio news program The World on June 25 about the troubled state of journalism and democracy in Nicaragua. He also spoke about his own situation as a dissident in exile.

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For Giving is Gorges, support creative expression without fear

Welcoming at-risk writers and artists from around the world takes a community-wide effort. On June 23, show your support for ICOA during Giving is Gorges, a special day of fundraising for local nonprofits.

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Odysseys series now available for streaming

The four-part reading series “Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home,” which ran from February to May, is now available for viewing on the Tompkins County Public Library’s YouTube channel.

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Minfong Ho and Kenneth McClane to cap reading series

The online reading series “Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home” wraps up on Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. with young adult and children’s book author Minfong Ho and poet and essayist Kenneth A. McClane. Novelist and ICOA board member Edward Hower will moderate.

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Writers Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma share their journeys

Please join us on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. for readings and a conversation with poet Valzhyna Mort and fiction writer Raul Palma. Writer, actor, and ICOA board member Kate Blackwood will moderate.

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Hear Pedro X. Molina in conversation with Barbara Adams at FLEFF

Internationally acclaimed political cartoonist and ICOA artist-in-residence Pedro X. Molina spoke with ICOA board member and Ithaca College writing professor Barbara Adams on March 26 as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. A video of the event is now available.

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Poet, war survivor to read March 19

Ithaca City of Asylum is pleased to cosponsor a reading by Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley on March 19 at 4 p.m. The free online event is organized by Cornell’s Institute for African Development and will be moderated by Dr. Naminata…

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Ithaca College eliminates position filled by last three ICOA writers

By Alex Hartzog, Staff Writer, The IthacanThis article first appeared in The Ithacan on March 4, 2021. Used by permission. After escaping from Nicaragua on Christmas Day in 2018, Pedro Molina, Ithaca College’s International Visiting Scholar in Residence, is now struggling…

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Meet ICOA intern Mae McDermott

The ICOA board is delighted to introduce Spring 2021 intern Mae McDermott. Mae has already been of great assistance creating graphics for the “Odysseys” series, helping us make sense of our mailing lists, and looking into potential funders. We asked…

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