Mesa County Libraries request the public’s pandemic stories for anthology project

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Coming this May, Mesa County Libraries invites people to put pen to paper, projecting on the pandemic. This anthology, or published collection project, is part of the library’s “Do Art, Feel Better” initiative. Whether it’s art, poetry or a short story, Mesa County residents of all ages (including part-time residents of Mesa County and those attending Colorado Mesa University) are invited to address any aspect of the pandemic.

This includes emotions brought on by COVID-19, what people learned about themselves or others, and ultimately ways that you feel that people are in this together. Central Library’s director is spearheading this collective project, as she feels the public needs to be included when documenting COVID-19’s reality.

“One of the things that we found during the pandemic is people having the need to do art and have creative outlets such as writing, visual arts, photography, that kind of thing,” Michelle Boisvenue-Fox reveals, “We were looking for a way to memorialize that experience, having people share their work with the community, so the idea of having a community anthology was born.”

Anthology-themed submissions will be taken starting May 1 until June 1. Submissions are scheduled to be reviewed during June, with selections announced July 6. Winning submissions, both written and visual, will then be displayed in the library.

If you have the passion but need help finding the words, the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum will provide five free workshops during May to help authors create a submission.

One entry per person will be accepted. Written pieces must be 700 words or less, poetry may be a maximum of 30 lines, and visual art (including sculptures) must be able to be represented by flat images.

All work must be original and owned by the author or creator. Previously published material, either in print or online, is not eligible for submission. There is no charge to submit material for consideration.

The anthology is scheduled for publication in late summer, and copies will be available for the public to purchase this fall. Chosen finalists will receive a free copy with their published work included.

For visual art submissions chosen, an exhibit is set for December 2021-January 2022 at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library in downtown Grand Junction.

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