The Worker Writers School supports writers from one of New York’s most ubiquitous yet least-heard populations: low-wage workers. Mark Nowak, a writer and founding director of the school, presents a selection of haiku written by frontline workers during the earliest phase of the pandemic. The poets included in the anthology hail from the organization’s New York–based partners including Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Domestic Workers United, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Retail Action Project, and Street Vendor Project. Grounded in the history of the form from seventeenth-century Japan to the twentieth-century Black Arts Movement, their coronavirus haiku convey moments of protest, solace, wonder, certainty, love, and strife.
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- Edited by Mark Nowak with poems by Thomas Barzey, Kerl Brooks, Estabon Chimilio, Nimfa Despabiladeras, Lorraine Garnett, Davidson Garrett, Seth Goldman, Christine Lewis, Doreen McGill, Alando McIntyre, Kelebohile Nkhereanye, Alfreda Small, and Paloma Zapata