These Strange Times: Young Writers Reflect on the Pandemic,” a new anthology released by Maryland-based Salt Water Media, includes writing by nine 2020 graduates of Kenwood High School and one Kenwood High senior.
The book, which is available free in Kindle and iPad e-pub versions, features poetry and prose by students about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following Kenwood graduates and student are the only BCPS students whose work appears in the book: Class of 2020 – Brianna Allen, Myasiah Bilola, Raven Brooks, Alexia Crook, Halle Kerr, Miciah Patterson, Taylor Soutar, Luvia Thomas, and Breanna Wickham; Class of 2021 – Desiree Jones.
“At a time when our seniors could have easily given up last spring, they threw their frustrations into writing, and I’m immensely proud of their grit and perseverance to overcome in these tough times,” said Angela Glenn, Kenwood High English teacher and newspaper and literary magazine advisor.
Glenn noted that this is the second published book that Kenwood students have been a part of this past year. Three students – 2020 graduate Luvia Thomas and current juniors Linda Neewary and Kaylee Norton — were published in the Young Writers USA Mission Contamination series anthology.
The anthology features student-written mini-sagas about a virus outbreak. Glenn said that it was “creepily ironic” that the students received printed copies of the books about one week before schools closed