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Clare Pollard says writers should embrace stories about the pandemic and other current events

Thousands of essays and personal remembrances have been written about the pandemic's effect on lives over the past two and a half years. But there has been a limited number of fictional pieces and novels based on experiences with COVID-19.

For some creative people, writing in the midst of life-changing events is difficult, and they feel the need to wait a while for context and for perspective on what's been going on.

Poet and novelist Clare Pollard decided to go a very different way with her new book, "Delphi." And a recent essay she wrote for Literary Hub explained why she believes it's important for writers to embrace stories about the pandemic and other huge events while they're actually happening. The Show spoke with her to learn why.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The audio version of this story incorrectly states Clare Pollard's last name.

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