“What kind of world do we want to build after the pandemic?” This question has been at the root of so much of our discourse in 2020, evident in both the swell of global and national movements and the steady rhythm of family conversations and individual contemplations.
This question also informs the poems, stories, and essays featured in this issue of Write the World Review, which reflect diverse and hopeful visions for a better tomorrow. These writings see a world of justice and equity, where every person is embraced in all their complicated and sometimes contradictory identities; where small acts of kindness and heroism receive the recognition they deserve; where long-held national traditions are interrogated, both critically and lovingly; and where individuals are free to practice their civil rights.
It’s an optimistic worldview that inspires hope as we turn the page on 2020 and look with anticipation to 2021. The writings in this issue give me confidence that this generation of teenagers have the uplifting perspective to influence broad positive change through the power of their words. As Akshitha Upadyayula (India) writes:
“My words can provide a sense of comfort, a feeling of being understood, a thought, an awakening, an escape, a reason to fight back.
I know this because these are what other’s words have been to me.
And it is my unwavering hope, that with the unjust, unforgivable and unacceptable acts that happen, my words will find their way to someone.”
- David Weinstein, Founder, Write the World LLC