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Writers to Read Stories, Poems, Essays on ‘Pandemic’ Theme


It’s a word everyone has heard constantly for nearly a year. But it can take on different meanings over time. Ten writers will read their works describing what “pandemic” means to them during the Writers Read Celebration, hosted by the Cannon Beach Library.

The Celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 on Facebook Live. Viewers do not have to be Facebook members. To access the program, go to the library’s website at www.cannonbeachlibrary.organd click on the banner at the top of the page. The event can also be accessed by going to the library’s Facebook page.

Works to be read include stories, poems, essays, a haiku and limerick. From November through January, the Cannon Beach Library asked local residents and visitors to submit entries on the theme, “Pandemic,” to be read at the Writers Read Celebration. The pieces were to be no longer than 600 words.

A five-member panel selected 13 pieces from 51 without knowing who wrote them. The writers range from Vancouver, Washington to Salem, Oregon and include many from Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

The featured writers who will read their works are:

Laura E Bailey, story, “Not the Skin of a Well Man”

Nat Finn, story, “Hey-on, OldOld Man”

Lisa Mayfield, story/essay, “On Toilet Paper”

Jeanie McLaughlin, haiku, “Autumn Hope,” and limerick, “Ocean’s Remedy”

Robert Mushen, poem, “I Hope We Can Hug Again”

Russell Myers, poem, “Remembering Walter Gray”

Jennifer Nightingale, poem, “The Collective Voice,” and essay, “Resentment at the End of the Road”

Emily Ransdell, two poems, “Day Trip Through The Pandemic” and  “Elegy, Interrupted”

L Swartz, story, “Scared”

Alana Thelen, poem, “Pandemic Feast”


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