Dubbed the “poet laureate of the pandemic” by O Magazine, former teacher and chaplain Kitty O’Meara was, ironically, hiding from a virus when her prose poem went viral. After encouraging and inspiring millions around the world, her poem has become the beautifully illustrated children’s book And the People Stayed Home. 

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O’Meara and one of our editors discussed her experience writing the poem, watching it blow up on social media and working in collaboration with artists to publish the picture book. She had a lot to say about creativity, sharing our personal gifts with the world and encouraging others to do the same.

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Want more O’Meara? Read BookTrib’s review of And the People Stayed Home or visit her blog, The Daily Round.