Words in Quarantine

Update (6/3/22): we are no longer accepting submissions.

The Covid-19 crisis has impacted everyone, and writers are no different. From March 2020 to June 2022, Life in Quarantine provided a space for writers in our communities to share how they were responding to this new historical moment. What better way to understand the rich and varied ways they are reacting to our changed life conditions than reading what they write? We wanted to celebrate them, their resilience and ingenuity, and help their voices reach others.

Welcome to Words in Quarantine, a virtual literary salon where we showcase creative writing – browse the gallery below! Our goal was to introduce and feature authors at various stages in their careers to the Life in Quarantine community: from published professionals to aspiring wordsmiths, from prize-winners to simply enthusiastic practitioners of the written word.

All of the contributions published here were produced during the pandemic, even though not all address it directly. They provide us glimpses into the creativity of our time, and we encourage our community to engage with the authors and invite others to participate.

Right below you can watch a recording of our June 3rd, 2022 poetry reading in celebration of Words in Quarantine, featuring readers Natasha Huynh, Usha Akella, Lucinda Clark, Gina Duran, David A. Romero, Matt Sedillo, Danny Shot, Barry Wallenstein and Megha Sood.

If you would like to share a personal story or perspective with our global archive, please visit Submit your Story.

If you would like to write a blog series for us, learn how at Blogs in Quarantine.

If you have any questions about submissions, or would like to know more about collaborating with Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic, you may contact our team at liqstanford@gmail.com.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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