Dispatches from Quarantine: Pandemic Poetry Edition

“How has the Coronavirus Pandemic and its surrounding cultural turbulence affected a generation of creative writers and the poetry of our culture and how will it continue to affect storytelling and poetry in the shared reality of our culture for the ages to come?”

That’s the question we are asking local authors to answer in this project developed by SF Creative Writing Institute. 

Listen to the poets share work and ideas on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected poetry, in this intimate reading and dialogue with San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and special guests.

This project is presented by the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute with support from the California Arts Council. It started as a blog, and then became a reading series.

Also join us May 1st, 2023 Online at for a Dispatches from Quarantine Poetry workshop hosted by Tongo Eisen Martin that helps writers examine the same themes in their own poetry.

For more info about the Dispatches from Quarantine Project, visit: https://dispatchesfromquarantine.com


May 03, 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore
3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Tongo Eisen-Martin


Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco, California, and received an MA from Columbia University. He is the author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017) and someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), which was nominated for a California Book Award. Also a human rights activist and educator, he has taught at Columbia University and in detention centers across the country. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Other Organizers

Alexandra Kostoulas
Alexandra Kostoulas

Alexandra Kostoulas founded the SF Creative Writing Institute in 2015. She teaches people to find their voice and unblock themselves creatively every day. She has worked with thousands of students from all walks of life in her career as an educator and has coached many aspiring writers to publication and performance of their work. Her students have gone on to run literary organizations, become professors at prestigious universities, publish their work in peer-reviewed journals, land book deals and break barriers in their writing and lives. She writes poetry, nonfiction and fiction.