by Mary Ann Gonzales, Tyson Greer, Wanda Herndon, Laura Celiese Lippman, Jan Spalding, Suzanne Tedesco, Beth Weir
reviewed by Victoria Starr Marshall
When faced with pandemic isolation and lockdown, this writers’ group of seven accomplished Seattle women moved their weekly gathering to Zoom and set about chronicling the moment. Beginning in January 2020, each chapter represents a month of the year and opens with a calendar recap of significant societal, political, and COVID-19 related events that took place— the sheer magnitude, of which, is shocking. What follows is a superb collection of poetry, short essays, and journal-style accounts of disruption, denial, gratitude, despair, anger, frustration, and hope as each sought to make sense of an extraordinary year.
Writing While Masked can be purchased online through Third Place Books, your local bookseller, and online at https://wsupress.wsu.edu/product/writing-while-masked/