2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Literature in the Time of Covid” Launches Literary Review and Podcast

September 11, 2020
A photo from the story "Returning to the Tracks: Riding El Chepe with my Grandfather" by Regina Lankenau '21.

By Rebecca Rainof (English)

A Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council, “Literature in the Time of Covid,” debuted this summer. Rebecca Rainof (English) and Tamsen Wolff (English) led the initiative. The English Department hosted 14 workshops, including seven book club meetings moderated by faculty, four creative writing workshops, and three podcast-making workshops.

“Literature in the Time of Covid” launched a new podcast show for the English Department to share student shows and interviews, and a literary review to showcase writing done by students during the time of the pandemic. Both called Here and There, the literary review and podcast will continue through the fall, thanks to the Magic Grant. The publications, calendar of events, and more appear online.

In addition, the Magic Grant funded the beginnings of a site that gathers together writing for the public by members of the English Department, including alumni, faculty, and current students. The pieces address urgent contemporary topics, such as the pandemic, the national reckoning with racism, the environment, and the role of the arts in times of crisis.

Read the first issue of the literary review, on the topic of travel. Listen to the first podcast episode, which features Jeff Nunokawa (English) on writing about family.

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