The Poetry and Covid anthology is a collaborative effort, recognizing our belief that a communal response is required to effectively address the pandemic.

  1. ‘Poetry & Covid-19: An Anthology of Contemporary, International and Collaborative Poetry’, Published by Shearsman, March 2021.

Available to buy now at all good bookstores, and via the Shearsman’s website.

“Brilliantly eclectic, a testament to poetry’s power to reimagine and remake. As Selima Hill writes, ‘it’s good to be reminded how to hope’.” The Guardian

Poetry & Covid-19 is the first anthology of its kind to document the ongoing pandemic. Leading poets from the UK have paired up with poets from around the world to respond to the virus in ways which are at once personal and collaborative, local and universal. This anthology recognises the value of poetry during difficult times.

UK-Based Poets and Pairings

George Szirtes and Alvin Pang (Singapore)

Sinéad Morrissey and Jan Wagner (Germany), Iain Galbraith (Translator, Germany/Scotland)

Vahni Capildeo and Vivek Narayanan (India/Zambia)

David Herd and Sharmistha Mohanty (India)

Rachael Allen and Ilya Kaminsky (USA)

Jennifer Cooke and Jessica Pujol Duran (Chile)

Matthew Welton and Hazel Smith (Australia)

Luke Kennard and Yuwon Hwang (South Korea)

Momtaza Mehri and A. E. Stallings (Greece)

Vidyan Ravinthiran and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (India)

Inua Ellams and Omar Musa (Australia)

Carol Leeming and Rakhshan Rizwan (Pakistan)

Declan Ryan and Linda Stern-Zisquit (Israel)

André Naffis-Sahely and Stacey Hardy (South Africa)

Rory Waterman and Togara Muzanenhamo (Zimbabwe)

Anthony Caleshu and Mariko Nagai (Japan)

Zoë Skoulding and Yana Lucila Lema (Ecuador)

Selima Hill and Wang Xiaoni (China), Eleanor Goodman (Translator, USA)

Harriet Tarlo and Craig Santos Perez (Guam/Hawaii, USA)

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Poetry and Covid-19 ARCHIVE (This website archives the over 1000 poems submitted by over 600 poets, and viewed by over 100,000 from over 125 countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, June 2020-June 2021). Thank you to all who took part in the Poetry and Covid project.