COVID-19 has forced everyone I know and love to stay indoors. Sometimes I feel like I am part of the flu pandemic of 1918-1919 or trapped amidst the chaos and confusion of the Holocaust. I feel empathy for the residents of the Secret Annex before Anne Frank died in a concentration camp. Nevertheless, my passion for the beauty of the written word knows no bounds, and even if I die at a relatively young age, at least my writing will be my gift to the world. Keep hoping and dreaming, and never give up!
Alex Andy Phuong graduated from California State University-Los Angeles with his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2015, and was an editor for Statement Magazine. He currently writes articles and film reviews online. His writing has appeared in The Bookends Review, The Society of Classical Poets, and Wilderness House Literary Review #12/4.