A 21st Century Plague: Poetry from a Pandemic Thursday, July 29 at 7 pm

featuring readings by contributors
Elayne Clift, Burt Rashbaum, Stephanie Shafran,
Michael Bosworth, and Lali Sri

This anthology features 70 poems by 53  poets, spanning a variety of age groups, cultures, and walks of life.  The poems deal with the range of experience and feeling that the Covid crisis provoked, from the new inconveniences of daily life to the existential anxieties of fear, estrangement and loneliness, and not forgetting political anger. The volume is an important record of what we went through during our Plague Year.

The evening will feature readings by  several contributors to this collection.  Elayne Clift, the editor of the volume, will emcee the event.



Elayne Clift, from Vermont, is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, literary journals, newspapers and anthologies internationally. A regular columnist for three New England newspapers and Salon.com and a reviewer for the NY Journal of Books, she has published over a dozen books in various genres. This is her 4th edited anthology.   

Burt Rashbaum , from Colorado, has published in literary and poetry journals including Contemporary Literary Horizon in Bucharest, Romania. His work has been anthologized and his latest book, Of the Carousel, was published in 2019 by The Poet’s Press. He thinks he had Covid in 2020.

Stephanie Shafran, from Western Mass, has published poetry and prose in numerous journals and anthologies. Her chapbook, Awakening, appeared last year as the Corona virus began changing our lives.

Michael Bosworth, from Vermont, is retired and recently returned to writing poetry and creative nonfiction after a 45-year hiatus. He serves on the board of the Brattleboro Commons newspaper and belongs to the writer’s group, Write Action, both in Brattleboro, Vt.

Lali Sri, from New York, is the author of Atma Bodha (O Books, 2012), a collection of Indian poetry in English translation. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and her poetry was anthologized in Before the Dawn (Rhode Island Scholars Press, 2019).  She teaches literature and creative writing at Manhattan College/CUNY.




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Thursday, July 29, 2021

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A 21st Century Plague: Poetry from a Pandemic By Elayne Clift Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939686763
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Published: University Professors Press - June 7th, 2021