Tyson Greer and Beth Weir — Writing While Masked: Observations on 2020 and Beyond

"A time capsule that captures what it means to be human in the time of Covid."—Nancy Blakey


Third Place Books welcomes local authors Tyson Greer and Beth Weir for a presentation of their anthology Writing While Masked: Observations on 2020 and Beyond. With contributions from Mary Ann Gonzales, Tyson Greer, Wanda Herndon, Laura Celise Lippman, Jane Spalding, Suzanne Tedesko, and Beth Weir, these pieces reflect on what writing during the beginning of the pandemic meant to a group of Lake Forest Park writers in essays, poems, and more. We're proud to support this new edition of the anthology from Washington State University Press. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Writing While Masked. . .

Once a week, seven writers—all retired from professional careers—spend two hours together. The purpose of their gathering is to discuss what they wrote the previous week. For a number of years prior to 2020, the group met in their homes over coffee. The pandemic changed that. Members could not hug at Zoom meetings. Then on May 25th, a white policeman pressed his knee to a Black man's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Other officers looked on with chilling nonchalance as he pleaded, "I can't breathe." A seventeen-year-old captured it all on her cellphone, and the world exploded.

The process of putting down their thoughts about the cascading events of the year helped the group weather the challenges of 2020 and beyond. Inside Writing While Masked are personal pieces—writings of the moment, essays that reflect, and poems that express raw emotion. They include thoughts about what the authors experienced and learned, and what they want for the future. Most of all, they are words of hope.


Praise for Writing While Masked. . .

"Individually and collectively their observations…are beautifully written, heartfelt and insightful pieces. They have brought their array of experiences, frustrations, sorrows, delights, comforts, and more to life."
—Marguerite Pappaioanou

"I don't ever want to forget the pandemic's momentous events, disappointments, and gifts. This thoughtful book [provides] a reflection and reminder of this unique time."
—Ruth Kagi

"Each writing is an exploration of discovery, mystery, danger, worry, resiliency, and patience. The contributors responded to this experience from diverse angles and their engaging personal views give us what will be seen forever as an historical contribution."
—Yvonne Higgins Leach, author of Another Autumn

"Keen observations of the small dramas, the solace of nature, politics and the relationships that sustain us during a dark time…a wonderful book by wise writers, a time capsule that captures what it means to be human in the time of Covid."
—Nancy Blakey, author of By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest like a Local

Tyson Greer is an award-winning writer living in Lake Forest Park. For twenty years, Tyson ran her own media company, Tyson Greer….Writes, writing on topics from art to virtual reality for national, regional, and local magazines. She also wrote and directed corporate television and documentaries, which aired on local cable and KCTS-9, and taught screenwriting for the University of Washington. Tyson authored a book for the Microsoft Press Strategic Technology series that was published in eight languages and has contributed to, ghost-written, or edited other non-fiction books. Tyson is an accomplished visual artist whose works are in U.S. private collections. Tyson is represented by JET Literary Agency and is completing her second novel set in rural Idaho.

Beth Weir is a native New Zealander and a United States citizen, a former elementary teacher and college professor in education with an interest in literacy acquisition. She has had a life-long interest in oral storytelling and is the author of Introducing Children to Folk Tales. After retiring from academic life upon moving to Seattle she published a number of articles in the newspaper and magazines around travel and gardening. After her second retirement she completed two novels and is currently working on a family history after discovering her Māori roots. Beth lives in Lake Forest Park with her husband and dog, an inveterate ball-catching terrier called Jack.  

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