Presidential Poet Laureate Richard Blanco work featured in “Life in Quarantine” archive at Stanford University, USA


I’m beyond excited to share the news that the work of the Presidential Poet Laureate Richard Blanco’s poem“Say This isn’t The End” earlier featured on The Atlantic, has been added to the “Words in Quarantine” section of the Project “Life in Quarantine” project.

Richard Blanco (born February 15, 1968) is an American poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer. He is the fifth poet to read at a United States presidential inauguration, having read the poem “One Today” for Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Life in Quarantine’s team goal is an attempt to collect, document, and demonstrate the COVID-19’s varied effects on peoples’ lives through personal accounts. Through this historical archive of lived experience, we are trying to promote cultural and personal interconnectedness and solidarity. This will help people invested in coming up with strategies for future pandemics to understand people’s needs and fears. It will also help future historians to write a historical narrative that takes into account the plethora of experiences that existed.

You can read the featured works of other talented voices of the creative community here.

Happy Poetry!!

Megha Sood

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