Chronicling the Days – Noah Allison

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This piece is by Noah Allison, writing in April 2020.

Photo: Noah Allison


My main objective as visiting scholar at McGill during the 2019-2020 academic year was to complete my dissertation. Although I had spent many years living in New York, my perspective from growing up in Southern California was that Montreal’s long winters would facilitate productive writing outcomes. Even though it was cut short by the onslaught of the virus, for the most part, it did.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

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