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List of contributors:

Including work from Linda DeFruscio-Robinson and 38 other new and established voices

Magdalena Ball, Bonnie Boucher, Anne Casey, Joy Castro, Quintin Collins, Paula Coomer, Laura Crucianelli, María Luisa Arroyo Cruzado, Linda DeFruscio-Robinson, Faye Rapoport DesPres, Erika Dreifus, Raphael Frumkin, Nicole Hardy, Will Jennings, Meg Kearney, Becky Kennedy, Sarah Kotchian, Rocco Lo Bosco, Sarah McElwain, Damian McNicholl, Lynda Miller, Lynn C. Miller, Sarah Moon, Kate Niles, Anne-Marie Oomen, Alicia Ostriker, Christine Page, Judith Simon Prager, Robert Root, Paul Singer, Phyllis M Skoy, Donna Baier Stein, Grace Anne Stevens, Alison Stone, Daniel B. Summerhill, Deborah Swift, Beatriz Terrazas, Meg Tuite, Susan J. Tweit.

The Art of Touch: A Collection of Prose and Poetry from the Pandemic and Beyond

The reader will be immersed in the experiences and enriched by the lively writing!

In The Art of Touch: Prose and Poetry from the Pandemic and Beyond, the work and unique voices of Linda DeFruscio-Robinson and
thirty-eight other contributors are some of the most creative thinkers of our times have been brought together to consider the profound impact of one of our five main senses: touch.

Psychologists, healers, massage therapists, scientists, academics, creative writers, and others reflect on or tell personal stories about what it means to be able to touch or experience touch, or to have to go without it―as so many did and still do because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They explore how transmissions such as texting may impede opportunities for touch, while those like Zoom may make it possible for people who otherwise might be left behind to stay “in touch.” From the experience of touching beloved animals to the life-changing ways in which books and performances can touch us, virtually all aspects of touch are acknowledged in these pages.


"In a time of pandemic, touch is a risk and a luxury. Touch informs life not only as an intimacy but also as a teacher. Thanks to the editors of this vivid anthology for gathering writers’ accounts that remind us of connections in crisis, help us laugh and grieve, and allow us finally to be touched."
~ Hilda Raz
author of Letter from a Place I’ve Never Been: New and Collected Poems, 1986–2020
"The Art of Touch is a remarkable collection of essays and poems on the motivations, transformations, catastrophes, and beauty that lie in human touch. The authors, who are poets, novelists, psychotherapists, and scientists, provide a full range of contemplations on their personal experience of touch, ranging from the terror of physical touch to the most recent advances in the study of touch by a neuroscientist. The pandemic has forced upon us the issue of the dangers of being touched by anyone and of touching something anyone else might have touched. We all know the dehumanizing effects of this situation just as we know the joy and beauty of touch with those we love. The reader will find that he or she is deeply touched by this book."
~ Thomas H. Ogden
Psychoanalyst, Author of This Will Do