Writing in the Time of Coronavirus

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Photo taken on the fourth night of our quarantine, March 17, 2020, when the weather felt in sync with our inner landscape. (c) Ann Hagerty Davenport

In this time of coronavirus, life has been turned upside down for virtually everyone on Earth. Now is a time when we need our writing and art, when our instinct to create is tantamount and in tandem with to our instincts to survive and thrive. Worth noting: this is different from the capitalist-induced worry, “Oh shit, I’m stuck at home for two weeks and if I don’t write that book and reorganize my entire house while homeschooling my children I will be a total failure.” Darlings, tear up that script and throw it in the trash-heap right now. Write a poem about what bullshit that is, and how and why we do this to ourselves so often, and let the false construct go. The more compassion we can give ourselves and each other, the better we’ll all be able to weather this storm. And the more we can turn to our art as a pressure release valve, instead of coming to it from a sense of pressure, the more it will nourish us.

In that spirit, we are thrilled to partner with our beloved friends at Fierce Womxn Writing in response to the pandemic. We’re now accepting submissions for an Anthology of Pandemic Creativity. We’re still taking submissions to Terra Preta Review, as well, and are curating an amazing next issue to share with you all.

We’ll also be using our blog more often to post prompts, comfort, and inspiration, in case you need some. We’ll be sharing things we find inspiring or helpful, as well as posting our own thoughts. You can also follow us on Instagram where we’ll be sharing a lot of content too. In the spirit of terra preta, now is the time to dig deep, reconnect to the richness of our own soul’s earth. We will make art that speaks to the breaking-down and supports the building anew, as our own ways of making peace with this totally surreal transition to a new reality. We hope you will too. And we hope you’ll share it with us. In years to come, this anthology will speak to the realities and surrealities of this time in ways that only great writing and art can. The world needs your voice, our voices. Speak your truths (since truth is never a monolith, it’s messy and multifaceted). Make your art. Release your pressure valve. We’re here to support you through this. We feel like our mission as a literary journal speaks to this time directly, even though we never anticipated this happening…

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Today’s prompt ::::: plant :::::

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I want to plant seeds that’ll grow…

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I could learn a lot from a plant:

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We reopen for free submissions tomorrow!! Hope you had an intensely beautiful National Poetry Month, and that these prompts were able to spark some writing or art for you along the way. 💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: water :::::

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If I could immerse myself in water…

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Were I a boat I’d need water that’s…

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We’re almost to the end of #napomo2019 !! Hope you’ve gotten to write and read some incredibly soul-nourishing poetry this month. 💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: rage :::::
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Let the storm rage…

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The link between rage and courage…

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Three more days until our free submissions reopen! Tip jar submissions are open RIGHT NOW if you don’t wanna wait. 😊💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: hearth :::::

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I give an offering to the hearth:

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The hearth of my soul is made of…

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Daily prompt ::::: accept :::::
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▫️ The last thing I want to accept…

▫️ I can only accept [fill in the blank] when…

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Today’s prompt ::::: gut :::::
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This feeling in my gut tells me….

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You might not expect me to love my gut…

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Today’s prompt ::::: dig :::::

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I dig both hands into the earth…

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I don’t even know what I’m digging for.

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Sending out Earth Day love to one and all. May we bring our awareness to tangible actions we can take – large and small – to honor and heal our Mother. 🌍

And sending SO much gratitude to everyone who’s submitted so far! We are currently choosing submissions for our first issue, due out in June. We love spending time with your work! Submissions are still open for our second issue, due in September. While we’ve used up our free submissions for April, tip jar submissions are available, and free submissions will reopen on May 1st. 💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: ocean :::::
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My heart is an ocean…
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I want to ask the ocean…
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