True storytelling is a vehicle for human connection and can ignite hope during the darkest of times. This project was launched with the goal of creating a safe and welcoming space for people to connect around their shared experiences during the time of Covid-19.

Alone Together: Storytelling in the Time of COVID-19

Jacquese Armstrong
(she/her) | Edison, NJ
For Jacquese, the isolation of quarantine sparks flashbacks of a time nearly 40 years ago when psychosis, depression, paranoia, and anxiety held her captive in her apartment. Instead of focusing on the details of her past trauma, she puts to use what helped her so many years ago: her creative mind.
Isa Coffey
(she/her) | Chatham, NY
When Isa’s COVID-19 symptoms reach their climax, she fears she may die alone and longs to connect with those she loves, but physical closeness is out of reach. As she fights for her life in solitude, she finds hope in the sound of Andrea Bocelli’s voice, as he sings by himself to the empty Duomo of Milan on Easter Sunday broadcast live worldwide.
Ryan Pfeil
(he/him) | Medford, OR
Ryan’s wife is a nurse and called to war during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a journalist, suddenly forced to work from home and to grapple with the juggling act of meeting deadlines, while being the primary caretaker of two young daughters. They want nothing more than his undivided attention.
Thomas Pickarski
(he/him) | New York, NY
Thomas contemplates his long-standing love affair with solitude as the backdrop of his alone time quickly shifts from the fast paced-world he has no desire to keep up with to one at a standstill with news reports that the city might temporarily bury the dead in parks because funerals aren’t allowed.
Amanda Reed
(she/her) | Washington, DC
Amanda recently moved into her apartment in Washington, DC across the street from Smithsonian National Zoological Park. She lives alone, hasn’t made many friends, and her whole family lives far away. She finds unexpected comfort in the company of her new neighbors, the captive lions. Their regular roars remind her to use this time to tap into her calling.
Terri Weagant
(she/her) | Brooklyn, NY
Amidst the global pandemic, Terri, newly unemployed and feeling desperate, becomes obsessed with a man she calls Charles. She calls him over 2,000 times before she gets through. You’ll have to hear her story to find out why her husband is not just understanding but grateful for her persistence and devotion to another man.

Six Feet Apart Series

The Alone Together series was produced by Northguild in partnership with TMI Project.

Online COVID-19 Story Submissions

Matilde Simas
(she/her) | North Andover, MA

This is a photo essay that documents 10-year-old Sydney Loop with Down syndrome and her 4-year-old brother, Sebastian, during quarantine March-May 2020.

Jibril Shepherd
(he/him) | Kingston, NY
In April 2020, TMI Project put out a call for COVID-19-themed stories. Most of the submissions we received were from adults. Except one: enter 7 year-old Jibril Shepherd. He sent us his own version of a COVID-19 story. And we just had to share. With the help of Jibril’s mom, a blanket fort, and the power of stay-at-home technology, we were able to capture Jibril sharing his story… in his own words.