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17 Coloradans Create Literary Time Capsule: The Great Isolation

The Great Isolation

COVID-19 and The Great Isolation

Gunnison, Colorado: In the midst of darkness, one Colorado group uses art to heal broken hearts. 17 Coloradans wrote an intimate collection of nature pieces, screenplays, poetry, and short stories to capture the thoughts, emotions, and overall impact COVID-19 is having on society. This book is comprised of contest winners and finalists of The Great Isolation Writing Contest, published by the Publishing students at Western. This collection of raw and powerful art will serve as a time capsule for the world to remember how the coronavirus impacted civilization on the human level.

“A collection of creative writing that responds with a remarkable range of emotion and an impressive depth of reflection to all aspects of the crisis we are living through.”

—Dr. Tyson Hausdoerffer, Director Graduate Program in Creative Writing Western Colorado University

“This has been a way for us to pull together in a creative spirit. We are all in this Great Isolation together.”

—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Author and Publishing Concentration Director.

Written by Leath Tonino, Kristen Arendt, Nancy Beauregard, Corrinne Brubaker, Jennifer Goddard-Garcia, Daniel Dougherty, Robin Conley, Nic Lishko, Erica Reid, Joshua Williams, Marilyn K. Moody, Carla Mercado, Elise Tobler, Evan Barber, Ed Hickok, and Alicia Cohn.

The Great Isolation Book 2020The Great Isolation

– Trade paperback $9.99

 – Ebook $4.99

The Great Isolation was released in ebook and trade paperback formats in July 2020, and can be purchased at most major book outlets:

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