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 has an MFA in Creative Writing and English from Mills College and a BA in Literature & Creative Writing from the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. She runs the Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program in San Francisco. She has over a decade of experience teaching English and Writing at the college level. She has been been nominated for awards in fiction, poetry, and journalism and has won a few. She has published short stories, a few journalistic pieces, and a lot of individual poems across a wide array of literary journals and other media. She has performed her work on stage at readings both locally and nationally. She is currently at work on finishing up her novel, Persephone Stolen.