Jazz on North Side

Beginning July 22nd Pittsburgh’s favorite jazz musician Roger Humphries and his band, RH Factor, will give a series of free jazz concerts on Wednesday nights during “Summer on Sampsonia.”

The Wednesday evening concerts (weekly, from 7 – 9 pm) will continue until September 16. They are held in City of Asylum’s pop-up venue, the Alphabet City® Tent, at 318 Sampsonia Way in the Northside. All performances are free to the public and BYOB.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are highly encouraged. To RSVP, please visit www.cityofasylum.org/events.


“Kiss of Life” – Short Story by Pittsburgh writer Jazmine Ramsey

An excerpt of the short story “Kiss of Life” was published in the SPQ July issue. The short story in its entirety follows. The author Jazmine Ramsey sat down with Soul Pitt (Bonita Lee Penn) to share a little about herself and her writing.

Jazmine Ramsey

How does feel to have your short story “Kiss of Life” released to the public?
Jazmine: Excited and nervous!

Yours is a futuristic story. How did you become interested in this particular genre? Is this your chosen genre?
Jazmine: It’s more like the genre chose me. This particular genre has always called out to me more than the others. I see science-fiction as a way to discuss the human condition; the human fears and struggles of everyday with a twist. On the surface you may see a sci-fi story, such as Ursula Le Guin’s “The Wife’s Story.” On the surface, you see a woman who realizes her husband is a werewolf. But look deeper, and you see a story showing things from the “other’s” perspective. I won’t spoil the story, but let’s just say “The Wife’s Story” forces you to see things from completely different perspective.

What type of books do you read when you want to kick off your shoes and relax?
Jazmine: Fantasy, action/adventure, coming-of-age and mystery.

You are an alumni of Carlow University, what was your major? How did you feel a creative writing education assisted in the development of your writing?
Jazmine: At Carlow, I was a double major in Mass Media Communications and Creative Writing. Becoming a Creative Writing major was the best thing I have ever done. I received the Jane Candia Coleman Award for Excellence in Creative Writing at Carlow during my junior year. That was a surprise and I was so honored to have received it. I was blessed to work with a great group of women who helped me improve on character development, point of view and not being afraid to take criticism. Read more »