From City of Asylum:
PITTSBURGH, PA — May 19th, 2017 — City of Asylum today announced that Adriana E. Ramírez—a Pittsburgh-based writer, critic and nationally-ranked performance poet—has won the 2017 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize. Previous prize winners include Terrance Hayes (2011), Román Antopolsky (2013) and Lori Jakiela (2015).
The 2017 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize consists of a month-long (June 12-July 9), all-expenses-paid summer writing residency in Brussels, Belgium. During her residency in Brussels, Ramírez will work on a nonfiction book,The Violence (forthcoming in 2018)—the story of a Colombian family based on real-life oral accounts of drug tourism.
The Prize is part of City of Asylum’s Bridges initiative, which will create a number of international writer residencies for Western Pennsylvania writers. This residency is a collaboration with the Belgian literary organization, Het beschrijf, and is hosted at the Passa Porta literary center in Brussels. Like City of Asylum, Passa Porta is a hub for international writers and readers, and presents a diverse selection of literary programs to the public. While in Brussels, Ramírez will offer two public workshops on poetry writing and on “slam”-style poetry performance as part of Passa Porta’s program of multilingual “literary encounters.”
“I’m pleased and proud to announce Adriana E. Ramírez has won our 2017 prize,” said Henry Reese, Co-founder and President of City of Asylum. “We selected her for her unique voice, her strong trajectory as a writer, and her commitment to transforming Pittsburgh through the power of words.”