Pedro X. Molina with Barbara Adams at FLEFF Friday, March 26, 12 p.m.

Pedro X. Molina with Barbara Adams at FLEFF Friday, March 26, 12 p.m.
ICOA’s artist-in-residence receives fellowship, will become Visiting Scholar at Cornell
ICOA artist-in-residence Pedro X. Molina, an internationally acclaimed political cartoonist who fled Nicaragua with his family in December 2018, will reflect on his experiences, his cartooning, and current conditions in Nicaragua in a conversation with ICOA board member Barbara Adams on Friday, March 26, from 12 to 1:15 p.m. The online presentation is part of the 2021 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). 
In May, Molina will finish his terms as ICOA’s artist-in-residence and Visiting International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College. In June, he will become a Visiting Scholar in Cornell’s Latin American Studies Program, supported by a one-year fellowship from the Artist Protection Fund. Molina won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia Journalism School in 2019 for “career excellence and coverage of the Western Hemisphere that furthers inter-American understanding.” In 2018, he won the 2018 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International and an Excellence in Journalism award from the Inter American Press Association.Barbara Adams is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College, a program she helped found in the 1970s. She is a regional arts journalist and co-founding board member of Ithaca City of Asylum.
Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma headline “Odysseys” reading April 13
Homer’s Odyssey recounts the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, as he seeks to return home after the Trojan War. In a series of four monthly readings, pairs of Ithaca‑based writers provide their own takes on the theme of odysseys, from the physical to the intellectual to the emotional. The first two sessions are available for viewing on YouTube. You can register now for the final two sessions. Admission is free. Session 1: Tuesday, Feb. 23 (watch on YouTube): Gail Holst-Warhaft and Aoise Stratford, moderated by David Guaspari.Session 2: Tuesday, March 16 (watch on YouTube): Sorayya Khan and Raza Rumi, moderated by Barbara Adams.NEXT: Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m. (register): Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma, moderated by Kate Blackwood.Session 4: Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m. (register): Minfong Ho and Kenneth A. McClane, moderated by Edward Hower.Valzhyna Mort is a poet and translator born in Minsk, Belarus. She is the author of the poetry collections Factory of TearsCollected Body, and Music for the Dead and Resurrected (FSG, 2020). Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, New Yorker, PoetryPoetry Review, Poetry InternationalPrairie SchoonerGranta, Gulf CoastWhite Review, and many more publications. She has been honored with the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry and the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Mort teaches at Cornell and writes in English and Belarusian.Raul Palma is a novelist, short story writer, and assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College, where he serves as the faculty advisor to Stillwater Magazine. His fiction has been included in Best Small Fictions and distinguished/notable in Best American Short Stories. His work has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from the CubaOne Foundation, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Santa Fe Writer’s Conference, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is working on a novel.“Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home” 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.
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. 
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