The Coronameron


A literary and artistic Coronavirus reader!

Poetry! Prose! Art! Cartoons! Photography!

It’s here! The stay-at-home, self-isolation coronavirus reader you’ve been waiting for, whether you knew it or not! Twenty-three artists and authors, sixty-four pages, nine thousand words, forty-two thousand characters—all for your entertainment and enlightenment during these strange times! Yes, it’s The Coronameron, modeled after Boccaccio’s Decameron, in which young Florentines isolate themselves in the countryside and entertain themselves with stories while they wait out an outbreak of the plague. This time, the location is pretty much everywhere, the plague is the coronavirus, and the “stories,” loosely interpreted to include poetry and art, are from real people rather than fictional characters. More than sixty pages!

Although you may download the collection for free without obligation, we invite a contribution of US$5 for each download (payable via PayPal).  It’s a great deal: more than  five pages per dollar! All proceeds will be donated to the Tulsa Community College Foundation’s emergency fund for students and employees.

(If you prefer to donate directly to the TCC Foundation emergency fund rather than via my PayPal account, you can do so here:
Please click “donate on behalf of an organization” and use Coronameron as the organization to make it possible to track how much the project generates.)

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He brings his bike, which doesn’t have a kickstand,

into the coffeehouse, so you can’t help noticing

as he moves around the room trying to find

the best place to lean it, but you would have

noticed him anyway, first because he’s cute,

vanilla-skinned and blond, but second because

when he settles into a chair by the window

and reaches into his pocket, what comes out

is not a smartphone but a book, an actual

printed-paper book, serious-looking,

without pictures, and then he begins

reading it, attentively, by choice,

without a highlighter, so seductively

that you want to read with him.


Copyright 2018

T. Allen Culpepper


Literary Festival

Just an informational post. If you happen to be in or near Tonkawa, Oklahoma, USA Sept. 24-25, check out Chikaskia Literary Festival at Northern Oklahoma College.  I’ll be reading at the 10 a.m. session on the 25th.

Thursday: 12:30 p.m. registration and books for sale
1 p.m. Joey Brown, Heather Levy, Kirk Ashworth
2 p.m. Dorothy Alexander, Leah Chaffin, Mike Rishell, 3 p.m. Jill Hawkins, Britton GIldersleeve, Todd Fuller
4 p.m. Brent Newsome, Tim Bradford
4:45 Student showcase
Friday: 8:30 am registration, books for sale, coffee
9 a.m. Jason Christian, Trey Moody, Rob Roensch
10 a.m. Carol Johnson, James Brubaker, Bayard Godsave, Allen Culpepper,
11 a.m. Jenny Yang Cropp, Paul Austin, Jill Talbot
Noon. Lunch.
1 p.m. Featured reader Rilla Askew