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Storytelling in a Pandemic: The COVID-19 Writers Project

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December 15, 2020 | 7:00 PM UTC
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Graphic courtesy of C. Zawadi Morris.
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What is the virus crisis telling us about who we are as a society? The COVID-19 Writers Project will...

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“Stay Strong.” Image by Mateo Ruiz González. United States, 2020.
“Stay Strong.” Image by Mateo Ruiz González. United States, 2020.

Join BK Reader founder C. Zawadi Morris and author Eisa Nefertari Ulen on Tuesday, December 15, at 2:00pm EST as they discuss The COVID-19 Writers Project (C19WP), a multimedia project that builds a historical record of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

Inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Federal Writers' Project, the C19WP, supported in part by the Pulitzer Center, captures a hyperlocal viewpoint of the pandemic while examining how health is impacted by socio-economics, education, and race. Using video, essays, and photography, the project builds a historical record—a cross-section of experiences that poses the question: What is the crisis telling us about who we are as a society today?

Morris has been a resident of Brooklyn for 23 years and founded BK Reader, an online independent digital daily news site covering Central and East Brooklyn. Morris, a 2017-2018 Tory Burch Fellow, has served as a teaching artist in media arts at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and as a board member of Brooklyn Community Foundation's Spark Prize.

Ulen is the author of Crystelle Mourning, a novel described by The Washington Post as "a call for healing in the African American community from generations of hurt and neglect." Ulen is the recipient of a Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center Fellowship for Young African-American Fiction Writers, a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and a National Association of Black Journalists Award. She lives in Brooklyn.

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