Tampa poet, photographer team up on book about pandemic

Tampa's first Wordsmith Gianna Russo, a poet and Assistant Professor of English and creative writing at Saint Leo University, and Jenny Carey, a photographer and Founder of the Creatives Exchange in Tampa, have teamed up to publish a new book reflecting on the first 90 days of the pandemic.

The book, "All I See Is Your Glinting: 90 Days in the Pandemic,'' features poems and images that offer insights into thoughts, feelings and emotions experienced by many of us as COVID-19 spread throughout the nation.

See and listen to a video recording of their talk at Cafe con Tampa.

Read more about Russo here. And Carey here. And the book of poems here.

Read more articles by Diane Egner.

Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with four decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society, and serves on the board of The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council and the StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Awesome Tampa Bay, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She lives in South Tampa, is the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother to two amazing grandchildren, and travels whenever possible with laptop in tow.