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Practice, Resilience, and Compassion in the Time of COVID-19

Illustration by K.T. Tierney

In this collection on the COVID-19 pandemic, authors share reflections on the personal and political in this time of global uncertainty and suffering. We invited authors to consider the following questions in their writing:

  • How are you showing up for the pandemic?
  • What are you doing to practice calm and clarity?
  • How are you staying grounded in the midst of groundlessness and sudden shifts in routine?
  • How can we negotiate safety and mutual aid?
  • How can we practice compassion and helping others at this time?
  • How do we make sense of this monumental crisis?
  • How are you relating to ways the pandemic’s effects are mapping onto the injustices and inequities of our society?

Their responses, which we will publish successively in the coming days, speak to personal experience and social calamity, to profound injustice and the possibility of something else.

Check back here or follow The Arrow on social media as we publish new pieces.


Finding Ground, Making Sense, and Getting Simple by Kelsey Blackwell

Facing Pandemic, Finding Ground by David Kahane

Toilet Paper as Terror Management by James K. Rowe

The Stowaway Seeds by Mushim Patricia Ikeda

Interdependent During a Pandemic by Rachel DeMotts

Survival Will Always Be Insufficient, but It’s a Good Place to Start by Alexis Shotwell

Grief in the Time of COVID: Sharing in Compassion and Resilience by Holly Gayley

Three Meditations on the Apocalypse by Jessica Stern

From Sheltering in Place to Dancing on Shifting Ground by Rick Merrill

Illustration by K.T. Tierney

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