Magazine publishes English teacher’s essay about her COVID-19 experiences |

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — An essay detailing a Westminster College professor’s experience with COVID-19 has appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Solstice Literary Magazine.

“Waiting for the Bees”, written by the assistant professor of English Trisha Cowen, recounts his family’s experience after Cowen was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the summer of 2020.

After contracting the virus from her 6-month-old baby, Cowen did not expect the long-term side effects the virus would bring.

“That was before the vaccine, before antibody treatment became mainstream, and before they knew much about ‘long-COVID’ or the nuanced ways COVID could attack your body,” Cowen said. .

Cowen wrote the essay about her experience raising awareness of post-COVID syndrome. While mild to moderate COVID-19 lasts about two weeks for most people, others experience lingering health issues even after recovery.

“In the essay, I try to rewrite myself into my own narrative, as I struggle to regain my memory and the use of my body,” Cowen said.

Cowen, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2018, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She specializes in creative writing, American multicultural literature, and transnational literature.

To read Cowen’s essay, click here.

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