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WRITING THE VIRUS: WORK FROM STATOREC MAGAZINE draws from writing published in the online literary magazine StatORec from mid-April to September 2020. Its 31 authors explore the experience of lockdown, quarantine, social distancing, and the politicization of the virus from a wide variety of perspectives. The majority of the texts were written exclusively for the Brooklyn- and Berlin-based journal, and a keen sense of urgency prevails throughout, an understanding that the authors are chronicling something, responding to something that is changing them and the social fabric all around them.

Contributors include Joan Juliet Buck, Rebecca Chace, Edie Meidav, Caille Millner, Uche Nduka, Mui Poopoksakul, Roxana Robinson, Jon Roemer, Joseph Salvatore, Liesl Schillinger, Andrea Scrima, Clifford Thompson, Saskia Vogel, Matthew Vollmer, and David Dario Winner, along with 15 others.

ANDREA SCRIMA is the author of A Lesser Day (Spuyten Duyvil, 2nd ed. 2018); the German edition (Wie viele Tage) was published by Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz, Austria in 2018. The German edition of her second book, Like Lips, Like Skins, will also be published by Droschl in the fall of 2021. Scrima has works in several anthologies, including Wreckage of Reason (Spuyten Duyvil) and Strange Attractors (University of Massachusetts Press). She is the recipient of a writer’s fellowship from the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs and writes a monthly column for 3 Quarks Daily. She is editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine StatORec.

From mid-April to mid-September 2020, Andrea Scrima and her co-editor David Winner published the Corona Issue, comprised of 31 works written in a state of great uncertainty as the world moved from epidemiological threat to public health crisis. The range of these stories, essays, and poems explore the experience of lockdown, quarantine, social distancing, and the politicization of the virus from a wide variety of perspectives. The majority were written exclusively for the Brooklyn- and Berlin-based journal, and a keen sense of urgency prevails throughout, an understanding that the authors are chronicling something that is changing them and the social fabric all around them. 

Writing the Virus, the anthology gleaned from the Corona Issue, has just been published by Outpost19 Books in San Francisco with an introduction by Andrea Scrima and an afterword by David Winner. (ISBN 9781944853754)

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Monday, November 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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