Tuhin Das comes from Barisal, a city in south-central Bangladesh, where writers are currently being persecuted under the Information and Technology Communication Law. As such, his life has been deeply impacted by groups who limit freedom of expression. Carnegie Mellon University invited him to Pittsburgh as a visiting scholar, and in 2016, City of Asylum invited him to join their writer sanctuary program.
Today, Tuhin has been in Pittsburgh for nearly four years as an ICORN writer-in-residence at City of Asylum. He remains a lover of his nation’s literary culture and continues to write poetry books – eight total – in his native language. In 2019, Tuhin received an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to assist with fees to translate his short stories, essays, and children’s stories from Bengali to English. He also serves on Thrive Advisory, the young professionals’ board of Literacy Pittsburgh.
Being “considered as a local artist” made him especially at home. We’re happy to have him our community.