Poems to Get Us Through: The Best of Pandemic Poetry
Throughout the atrocities, hardships, and loss of 2020, many poets did what they do best: they wrote about what it was like to be alive. We’ll spend 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST together, marveling at pandemic poems written by Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Dana Levin, Erika L. Sánchez, and Marcus Wicker. We’ll discuss how these poems move our bodies, hearts, and minds. We’ll also try on some 2020-themed writing of our own. No previous poetry experience is necessary. An openness to the power of language, however, is essential.
Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for the Indiana Writers Center Summer Learning Programs, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the tribal lands of the Clatsop people.