Imagining Life after the Ravaging, Virulent COVID-19 Pandemic , A Special Journal.

The signature angst of our time was profoundly expressed in the poems submitted for WOMAWORDS  Literary Press June 2020 edition, Imaging Life After COVID-19, offering women poets an opportunity to write about their experience of the pandemic and their vision of or for the future. The universal trauma wrought by this virus, invisible and silent and pouncing with madness and mendacity, brings us to a place we’d like to forget but never will. Our world is charged. Our lives are changed. We embrace with yearning the better memories from our past. We are trapped in the present, making the best of it. We find it hard to envision a future undominated by this moment.  It was difficult to select just ten poems from among the many submitted. There was not one unworthy poem. I’m honored to read them, to read the bios and get introduced to some fine new-to-me poets (whether or not selected for publication here), and to be chosen by Mbizo Chirasha to edit this edition of his heart-child, WOMAWORDS Literary Press. The edition goes up late. I offer my apologies to poets, to readers, and to Mbizo. The honor of this work came at a complex time for me. I had another zine to publish and also found myself dealing with a hospital stay and debilitating complications from chronic and catastrophic lung-and-heart health issues. Having said that there is nothing like poetry to help us heal the trauma of the catastrophic illnesses we may suffer individually or from the shared trauma of the current pandemic.

Samuella Conteh chants Revolution!

SAMUELLA JULIA CONTEH*   is a writer, poet, dramatist and motivational speaker. Conteh is a member of the Sierra Leone Writers Forum and an active Board Member of PEN-Sierra Leone. Her Writings are featured in several, national and international anthologiesPoet  Julia  Conteh  is  involved with many  Writers and Poetry Activism  platforms  notably ,Motivational Strips, Poetry Planet, World Nations Writers' Union (WNWU), Writing for Success, Ink Africa and Poets in Nigeria and has pocketed numerous  online writing awards including: Medal of Ambassador de Literature (ADL) - Motivational Strips, Award of World Poetic Star, Award of Mahatma Ghandi, the Order Of Shakespeare (OOS) and the Premio Mundial a la Excellencia Literaria, 2019-2020 - Peru.Writer Conteh is  the Contributing Associate of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS in West Africa and a regular Contributor to the BeZine, Arts and Humanities Publication. Samuella Julia Conteh works  with  the  National Human Rights  Commission of  Sierra- Leone.  Her poetry is a  weapon of mass instruction . She  uses the opportunity in Rights organization to create platforms  of expression , human rights  and peace activism . Revolutionary in the making . She slings her pen  , her creative spear with the  zeal to bring back freedom and laughter to the butchered earth of her land.WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS embraces all who yearn , seek , call , voice ,speak   and write resilience, resistance , hard truth , human rights and positive change*( WOMAWORDS Editor)* ******************************************************************************