University of Arizona Poetry Center

Global Vaccine Poem

Screenshot of Global Vaccine Poem websiteGlobal Vaccine Poem is a joint project between the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. It was launched in April and invites everyone to “share their voices to promote COVID-19 vaccination through the imaginative language of poetry.”

They ask that you read the model poem, “Dear Vaccine” by Naomi Shihab Nye and then choose a prompt to respond to. You only need to send a few lines in your own words. No need to worry about rhyming, spelling, or grammar as they simply want people to share their thoughts.

So far there are submissions from the US, Canada, France, Turkey, Mexico, and Malaysia. You can read about the hope, the frustrations, the positives, and the negatives of living through this pandemic.

Stop by their site to read the model poem, responses, and consider adding your voice.