photography by Jordan Rudeen, used with permission: @jordanrudeenphoto

Meditations on Teaching and Learning in the Time of Covid


The third collection of the Writing for Change Journal broadly captures what it has meant to teach and learn during the pandemic, and the myriad of ways we have been agents of change during the last two and a half years. Vulnerable, imaginative, and at times confrontational and provocative, these pages demonstrate newfound capabilities to grow, and previously unrealized capacities to change. This collection begins from the assumption that what we have learned and what we have taught others in the face of unprecedented challenges reveals our strength and resilience, and ultimately our belief in a better world, a world that reflects our becoming.

 

 

 

The Writing for Change Journal is a multimodal publishing space, and therefore welcomes submissions beyond traditional written texts like essays and other forms of nonfiction writing like prose, interviews, and personal narratives. Submissions may also be in the form of photography, visual and performance art, podcasts, film, and combined mediums and those yet to be imagined. Though we may ask you to include a paragraph or two about your process and intention as it relates to this collection’s theme. Creative and collaborative submissions are always welcomed.

 


Our next call for submissions will be released in late April, 2022.

 

 

 

As we continue to move through the pandemic, this observation from celebrated Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, continues to inspire us to reflect on and imagine the kind of world we want to inhabit. Her idea of the “portal” as a metaphor for this in-between space, this middle space somewhere between here and there, beautifully encapsulates the moment in which we find ourselves. For us, it also emphasizes the productive power of composing in the context of change.

 

 

 

 

 

Taken in the summer of 2020 from the capitol steps in downtown Boise during a widely attended rally for racial justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Picture Credit: Fiona Montagne (see more of Fiona’s photography in Collection #1)