The Quarantine Review is a literary journal created to alleviate the malaise of social distancing with exceptional writing and artwork. The Quarantine Review celebrates literature and art, connecting readers through reflections on the human condition — our lived experiences, afflictions, and dreams. As we face a pandemic with profound implications, the essays within offer a variety of perspectives on the current predicament, encouraging readers to reflect on the world we knew before and contemplate how society can be reshaped once we emerge. Through The Quarantine Review, Dupuis and Sarfraz hope to give voice to the swirling emotions inside each of us during this unprecedented moment, to create a circuit of empathy between the reader, the work itself, and the wider world beyond the walls of our homes. This issue includes writing from J.J. Dupuis, Stacey May Fowles, Samantha Garner, Fei Lu, A.G. Pasquella, Shajia Sarfraz, Paul Vermeersch, and Lindsay Zier-Vogel.
Sheeza Sarfraz is a writer and editor who loves creating fresh, engaging, and reader-driven stories. Sheeza also consults and manages publishing for non-profit organizations. She is glad to be self-isolating at home in Toronto. J.J. Dupuis is the author of the Creature X Mysteries from Dundurn Press. When not reading or writing, he spends his free time exploring the green spaces of his native Toronto.