This month, Pidgeonholes will launch a new column that will share caregiver’s stories of what their lives are really like during the COVID-19 pandemic. Written by Megan Pillow, “Submerged: Stories From Under the Surface,” will appear monthly until June.
“Submerged” isn’t just a column: it’s the first stage of a larger project that will attempt to chronicle and preserve these vital stories, which are in danger of disappearing, like so many stories of the people who have been swallowed up by this crisis.
We are honoured to bring you Megan’s inaugural column later this month, which will discuss life as a single mom during the pandemic in detail, and will lay out the scope of her larger project, which will move far beyond telling her story alone.
Megan Pillow is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky. She is co-editor of The Audacity., a new newsletter by Roxane Gay. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other places, in Electric Literature, SmokeLong Quarterly, Hobart, Paper Darts, Brevity, Passages North, The Believer, TriQuarterly, and Gay Magazine and has been featured in Longreads. She has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, for Best Small Fictions, and for Best of the Net. Megan has also had stories featured on the Wigleaf Top 50 and the longlist, an essay honored as notable in the 2019 edition of The Best American Essays, and a story honored as distinguished in the 2020 edition of The Best American Short Stories. You can find her on Twitter at @megpillow.