Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic
co-edited by Amy Roost and Joanell Serra
(Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic draws together the stories of fifty-two women across the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic. The collection encompasses the perspectives of women who are: front-line responders and recovering patients; going out to work, staying home to work, and losing their jobs; living with multiple generations and living in isolation; women grieving loved ones and celebrating new love; women preparing to give birth and supporting the dying. Although differing based on location, age, race, and health, they share the unique capacity of women to bring their strength, ingenuity and love—for others and for self—to an uncertain time. The anthology is inspired by both the risks of the pandemic inherent to women and their tremendous role in the country’s response.
The naked observations made by the contributors to (Her)oics highlight how the plight of women—whether during a pandemic or or otherwise—affects us all. While each story is personal, the reader’s attention is called to political realities, and the need for systemic change if our country is to emerge as a humane and just society.
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The (Her)oics Tour
(Her)oics co-editors & contributors
March 11: Book Spiel Event to launch (Her)oics – 7pm EST/4 pm PST
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Hosted by Pam Van Dyk, Regal House Publishing. Come hear a bit about the anthology’s “birth” from editor Joanell Serra and meet six of our contributors, who will read short excerpts of their essays: Anndee Hochman, Philadelphia, PA. Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus; Tia Oros Peters, Northern California. The Ancestors Already Know: Prophecy and Regeneration in a Time of Pandemic; Allison Hart, Portland, Oregon. Pandemic Quiz Best Practices for Quarantining with Your Young Adult Children; Melba Nicholson Sullivan, PhD, New York, NY.Birthright to Breathe
March 13: (Her)oics West Coast Celebration with Book Passages Bookstore – 4 pm PST/7pm EST
March 13, 2021 4:00 PM PST (7:00 PM EST) With Book Passage Bookstore. Come hear a bit about the anthology’s “birth” from editor Joanell Serra and meet six of our contributors, who will read short excerpts of their essays: Mary Powelson, San Francisco, CA. AIR; Alicia Mosley, Irvine, CA. Mothering While Black in COVID-19; Shizue Seigel, San Francisco, CA. Prayers for a New Reality; Jess Barron, San Francisco, CA. The Money Tree; E.K. Bayer, San Francisco, CA. Relativity; Joey Garcia, Sacramento, CA. Welcome to My World
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March 26: Pandemic Tales From Around the Table – 6pm EST
Pandemic Tales from Around the Table
With Recipes to Take Home and Examples of Foods from Around the Country. Reading from their contributors’ essays: Joanell Serra (Editor) Sonoma, CA. Notes on “Setting the Table.” Talia Basmia, Davis, CA. A COVID-19 Ramadan Jennifer Fliss, Seattle, WA. The Brisket on the Table Christina Adams, Long Beach, CA. Neighborhood Love Story
April 1: Motherhood in Pandemic – 4 pm PST
(Her)oics: Motherhood in the Pandemic
Reading from essays with tales of pandemic parenting from infants to adults, and from all across the country. Humor and hope promised! Ashley Gordon, Coconut Creek, FL. The Sidewalk; Janet Johnson, Phoenix, AZ. Phone Calls from My Son; Victoria Livingstone, Montclair, NJ. Azalea; Maria Ostrowski, Stafford Springs, CT. Play With Me; Ashley Espinoza, Yuma, CO. Bananas; Lori Jakiela, Trafford, PA. Remotely Yours
April 8: Tales of Medical Healers and Heroines – 4 pm PST/ 7pm EST
(Her)oics Tales of Medical Healers and Heroines
Reading and Short Q and A: Nina Gaby, Brookfield, VT. Crying at the Post Office, or Help! I Can’t Find My Eyebrows; Isobel Rosenthal, New York, NY. COVID-19 Gratitude List; Melba Nicholson Sullivan, Phd. New York, NY.Birthright to Breathe; Raluca Loanid, Asheville, NC, What is Enough?
April 11: Meditation, Music, Reading and a Little Magic! – 1 pm PST/ 4pm EST
(Her)oics Tales of Wellness during the Pandemic
Meghan Beaudry, Houston, TX. COVID-19, Lupus, and Me; Susan Quigley, Novato, CA. A Day Not to Remember; Alissa Hirshfeld, Santa Rosa, CA. Learning to Be Alone in Social Isolation; Camille Beredjick, New York, NY. ED-19; Nikki Kallio, Waupaca, WI. Cold Front; Karen Rollins, Little Rock,AK. A No Stay-at-Home Order State: Living with Underlying Conditions during COVID-19
April 18: (Her)oics Tales from the Epicenter – 1 pm PST/ 4 pm EST/
(Her)oics Tales from The Epicenter (NJ/ NY)
Come hear a bit about the anthology’s “birth” from editor Joanell Serra and meet five of our contributors, who will read short excerpts of their essays: Sari Caine, New York, NY. Newly Sober in the Time of the Coronavirus; Christine Corrigan, Basking Ridge, NJ. Not Back To, But Forward; Victoria Livingstone, Montclair, NJ. Azalea; Pia Wood, Brooklyn, NY.Breathe Easy; Bianca Sabogal, Warwick, NY. F.E.A.R.
May 16: (Her)oics Asian American Experience in the Pandemic – 4 pm PST
(Her)oics Asian American Experience in the Pandemic
Asian American Writers Sharing excerpts of their essays and a Q and A: Hannah Agustin, Whitewater, WI. On Isolation; Ella de Castro Baron, La Mesa, CA. Bahala Na; Shizue Seigel, San Francisco, CA. Prayers for a New Reality; Joanna Mailani Lima, San Diego, CA. Sacred Story Stitching
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