Two of the "House Publications" that feature murals based on works by COA's writers-in-residents. Photo by The Northside Chronicle.
Two houses that feature murals based on works by COA's writers. Photo by The Northside Chronicle.

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh hopes to meet its fund raising goal of $20,000 by tomorrow, Jan. 15 in order to receive a matching grant of $50,000.

As of yesterday, the literary nonprofit that gives asylum to persecuted and exiled writers need $2,450 more to reach its goal of $20,000, said President Henry Reese in a newsletter.

“It will make a big difference in our ability to support exiled writers,” Reese said in the newsletter.

In addition to providing residencies to writers who are unable to write freely in their home countries, City of Asylum holds free readings with international authors and the annual Jazz Poetry Concert and publishes the free online magazine Sampsonia Way.  For more information on Jazz Poetry, check out The Chronicle’s coverage of 2010’s Jazz Poetry Concert.

To make a donation through Paypal or the Network for Good, visit the COA donation page here.  You can also send a check made out to “City of Asylum/Pittsburgh” to 330 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.  If sending a check, the post mark date must be by Jan. 15 for the donation to count toward the campaign. All donations are tax deductible.