A message from Lorraine Ash

Our anthology, Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter (Magic Dog Press), is achieving its goals!

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.

First, we are helping to feed America. Matched by the Tony Robbins 1 Billion Meals Challenge, our royalties have served up 52,016 meals as of January 2022. Every sale of the full-color 8½" x 8½" paperback provides 26 meals. Every ebook sale provides 140 meals.

Second, we have created an internationally recognized grassroots history that chronicles life in New York and New Jersey in winter/spring 2020—the four months when both states were the nation’s first COVID-19 epicenter. Corona City has won two 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards—Best Anthology and Best Covid-19 Pandemic Book.

Work on our audiobook version—featuring an original soundtrack by Athens composer William Antoniou—is underway. So are plans for a Corona City Music and Arts Festival at The Center at Mariandale in July 2022.

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Corona City, which includes an online supplement, employs the power of first-person writing and photography. Our authors contributed 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.

Three people sitting at a table, holding up a copy of Corona City, with more copies piled on the table

Corona City authors, from the left, Bob Cubby, Margaret Kazancioglu, and Nancy Mahoney-Rajs man the book table at the Boonton Books and Beyond Festival on November 13, 2021. (Photo by Karen Fucito)

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