Ithaca City of Asylum Presents: ODYSSEYS

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“Odysseys” continues March 16
Please join us on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 pm for a reading and conversation with novelist Sorayya Khan and journalist Raza Ahmad Rumi. Both began their journeys in Pakistan and found their way to Ithaca.The session is the second of four monthly readings in “Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home.” The series is organized by Ithaca City of Asylum and cosponsored by Buffalo Street BooksGlobal CornellCornell MigrationsIthaca College Department of WritingOdyssey BookstoreStory House Ithaca, and Tompkins County Public Library.
Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels NoorFive Queen’s Road, and City of Spies, which received the Best International Fiction Book Award from the Sharjah International Book Fair. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant, a Malahat Review Novella Prize, and a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant. Her work has appeared in GuernicaLongreadsThe Kenyon Review, North American ReviewJournal of Narrative Politics, and other publications. She is currently at work on a memoir.
Raza Ahmad Rumi is director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and visiting faculty at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. He is the author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani TravelerThe Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic TransitionIdentity, Faith, and Conflict; and Being Pakistani: Society, Culture, and the Arts. He co-edited a volume of essays entitled Rethinking Pakistan that was published by Anthem Press in September 2020. Raza was Ithaca City of Asylum’s writer in residence from 2014 to 2017 and now serves on the ICOA board.
Ithaca College associate professor of writing and ICOA board member Barbara Adams will moderate.You can register for future readings in the “Odysseys” series by clicking the session below. Please feel free to share the links with friends.·  Session 1 (watch on YouTube): Gail Holst-Warhaft and Aoise Stratford·  Session 3 (April 13, 7 pm): Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma·  Session 4 (May 18, 7 pm): Minfong Ho and Kenneth McClaneFor more information, please see the article on our website. If you have questions, contact David Guaspari at
Ithaca City of Asylum provides refuge for writers and artists whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, and whose languages are endangered. We also advocate for human rights and freedom of expression.ICOA is an all-volunteer project of the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action. Donating is easy online via GiveGab. You can also make out a check to “Center for Transformative Action” and mail it to Center for Transformative Action, PO Box 760, Ithaca, NY 14851. To make sure your donation reaches us, please write “ICOA” on the memo line. Donations are tax deductible. We will send donors who give $500 or more a copy of Forbidden Voices, a handsome coffee-table book that features our former writer-in-residence Sonali Samarasinghe.
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