P&P Live!: Alice Quinn, Ron Charles, and Special Guests: Poets Responding To the Pandemic

Upcoming Event
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

In response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the devastating effect it has had on all facets of life for people around the globe, Alice Quinn – former longtime poetry editor of The New Yorker and immediate past executive director of the Poetry Society of America – reached out to prominent poets across the country and asked them to share new poems at this moment in time. The results, TOGETHER IN A SUDDEN STRANGENESS: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic, will be published in e-book format by Knopf on June 9.

The anthology collects an outpouring of eighty-five poems from the crisis, only a few of which have already appeared in publications or on social media. It will be available first as an eBook from Knopf and simultaneous audio from Penguin Random House in June, with a commemorative hardcover edition to follow on November 17. The title of the anthology comes from a poem by Pablo Neruda, “Keeping Quiet,” which contains the lines “we would all be together / in a sudden strangeness.”

At this event, P&P is proud to offer a limited number of pre-ordered books with signatures from several of the authors in the collection.


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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic Cover Image
By Alice Quinn (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593318720
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - November 17th, 2020

Not Signed or Personalized