It is Monday, April 6, 2020. I am writing from Riverside, California, where the stay at home order has been in place since March 19.
Yesterday it was just announced that a local nursing care facility has thirty patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, plus some of their staff. And that's usually how it begins in our communities, during this crisis that has killed more than 10,000 people in the United States, to date, and growing exponentially every day.
We've been told that this and the following week are going to be the hardest. That number of deaths will explode. So, in the face of that, this will be a space to share your writing about your life during the pandemic. I will update it as often as I can, beginning with the collaborative poems we have been writing on Inlandia's Facebook page.
If you are moved to write about your experience, either in poetry or prose, any genre, please submit your work here, one piece per day. To keep it simple, we are only allowing Word docs at this time. Poems using complex forms/formats may not be feasible for this project as part of the initiative is to post items quickly.
Submission is not a guarantee of publication, but I plan to publish as much as possible to create a record of our lives during these uneasy weeks/months-- years?