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Ebola Epidemic, 2014

At Broadsided, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. They inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world.

Since late September, the editors have discussed offering a chance for artists and writers to respond, through Broadsided Press, to the advancing Ebola outbreak.

We hesitated for a while over concern that the situation is so dramtic, so dire, so laden with potentially problematic responses. But in the end we realized that we needed to trust that good work would come. Work that was generous and expansive and deeply human, not inciteful or narrow or sensationalistic.

Three Broadsided Press artists offered images that, for them, speak to the Ebola virus and its impacts. We then asked writers to respond with words.

Below are the collaborations that resulted.