A message from Lorraine Ash

I’m pleased to announce that Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter (Magic Dog Press) has won two awards in the international 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards—Best Anthology and Best Covid-19 Pandemic Book!

Corona City book cover, with an image of the usually bustling interior of New York’s Grand Central Station almost deserted due to the pandemic

You can read more about the book on our Corona City page, or buy a copy on Amazon.com.

It is now also available as a spectacular ebook prepared by Paul Salvette of BB eBooks. This summer I will announce news about a forthcoming audiobook now underway.

Corona City, an anthology of first-person writings and photography, was first released as a full-color 8½" x 8½" paperback on November 22, 2020. It chronicles life in New Jersey and New York when both states were the nation’s first COVID-19 epicenter.

The project, which includes an online supplement, serves a few purposes: It created community during lockdown. It bears witness for posterity. And it directly funnels money—100 percent of royalties—directly to hunger relief.

We have certainly employed the power of first-person writing in this endeavor, with our authors contributing essays, micro-memoirs, diary excerpts, narrative poems, and even nursing notes. The photography lends another dimension—myriad, distinctive, street-level views of a pandemic underway from the Bronx down to Burlington County.

Though I have edited Corona City, the work of more than one hundred people made it a reality. All of us are volunteers.

Special thanks to the contributors, our sixty-two authors and sixteen professional photographers, and to our six wonderful endorsers who hail from both states—New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman; Dar Williams, singer-songwriter; Sue William Silverman, noted memoirist; Dr. Heidi Horsley, grief author; John E. Welshons, spiritual teacher and author; and Chloe Yelena Miller, poet.

And special thanks to our executive team for their extraordinary efforts, including Sherry Wachter of Magic Dog Press, which published Corona City. She worked doggedly for months to create this distinctive book as only she could. To learn more about all members of our volunteer publishing team, visit the Corona City page.

Now you, our readers, complete the process. Won’t you support this effort? You can buy a book or two or three and help your fellow Americans in a time of great and unprecedented need.

If you are so inspired, please review Corona City on Amazon. We would be most grateful.

May God bless us all.


“Lorraine is one of those rare writers who can make any scene come alive. She has understanding and a wisdom born of experience, and she can see into the heart of a story perhaps better than anyone I know. The details she chooses when she describes or narrates are always the right ones for the piece and for the emotions involved. She's a fine journalist, a fine memoirist, and, simply put, a really fine writer.”

Pat Carr, PhD
author of The Women in the Mirror and One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life
winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the PEN Southwest Book Award