COVID-19 Poetry Collection Launched in Windsor



Windsor Regional Hospital Board of Directors Chair Anthony Paniccia helped to launch a new collection of local poetry about the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Dance of Self-Isolation: COVID Poems from the Biggest Little City in Canada was launched virtually on Saturday, March 20th, 2021.

The poems were written by Windsor’s Poet Laureate and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens reflecting on the past year and the impacts of the pandemic on the city, its residents, and healthcare workers.

The date of the launch marked the one-year anniversary of the first recorded case of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.

“Poetry is more than words,” says Mary Ann Mulhern, City of Windsor Poet Laureate. “It allows people a connection, and we need that now more than ever. This collection is meaningful to me. One of the poems is about little flowers that were growing from rocks along the water last springtime and I thought—if those little flowers can be so beautiful and thrive in a rock…we can thrive, too.”

Complimentary copies of the collection will be sent to local long-term care homes, hospitals, first responder sites and will be available at the Windsor Public Library in April.

Copies of the book will be up for sale beginning April 6, 2021 through

It sells for $18.00 with a portion of the proceeds supporting local food banks and food security initiatives.

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