Stateside: Virtual bedtime stories; pandemic poems; grieving without a funeral

Apr 17, 2020
Originally published on April 17, 2020 4:58 pm

Today on Stateside, we talk to a Detroit elementary school teacher who has been getting online every night for story time with her students. Plus, a funeral director tells us what’s changed and what hasn’t about the work of helping with life’s final transition during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As students and teachers struggle to stay connected, one teacher in Detroit gets online everynight for storytime

  • Voncile Campbell is a elementary school master math teacher in Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Poetry for the pandemic: Leelanau County Poet on isolation and community

  • Anne-Marie Oomen is a poet and teaches creative writing at Interlochen College of Creative Arts.
  • This segment was originally broadcast on April 9, 2020.

Kelly Fordon has the answer: a new story collection from metro Detroit writer

  • Keith Taylor is a book critic for Michigan Radio. He reviewed I Have the Answer by Kelly Fordon.
  • This segment was originally broadcast on April 9, 2020.

Grief without funerals: COVID-19 is changing how we say goodbye

  • Thomas Lynch is a poet, funeral director, and president at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors.

High school students share how they’re coping in quarantine

  • Michigan Radio's Rachel Ishikawa produced this audio postcard with voicemails from students at Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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