Anna Rasshivkina

Published Writing

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Thinking Tiny

TABLE MAGAZINE

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Pittsburgh's first tiny house is going up in Garfield. What does the tiny house trend say about shifting trends in American values, and what could this new home mean for the central but "oddly forgotten" neighborhood of Garfield?

 

A Better Brew

TABLE MAGAZINE

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Containing about four times more flavor and aroma-imparting chemicals than wine, coffee is one of the world’s most complex foods. With so much complexity, a great deal goes into a delicious cup — but luckily, to brew one at home, you only need a few basic things.

 

Life Stages in Pages

THE SPROUT FUND

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High poverty neighborhoods like the Hill District are rarely easy places to grow up, and the power of expression is particularly potent here. In this creative writing workshop for adolescent girls, playwright Kim El provides a safe space to process, to play, to use poetry as therapy.

 

Saints Tour: There's Something in the Dirt

THE SPROUT FUND

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Braddock, PA has lost 90% of its population since its heyday; its streets are a patchwork of weedy lots and abandoned houses stretching from the Monongahela riverfront. But this old steel town on Pittsburgh's outskirts has a wealth of stories buried in the dirt: of battles over land and labor, Carnegie's first steel mill, America's largest sedentary Gypsy camp. Through a series of episodic performances and interactive rituals, Saints Tour raises these legends from the rubble and gives voice to a silenced place.