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And the People Stayed Home

“Kitty O’Meara…offers us wisdom that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She is challenging us to grow."—Deepak Chopra, MD, author, Metahuman

“Kitty O'Meara is the poet laureate of the pandemic”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“It captured the kind of optimism people need right now.”—Esquire (UK)

“Thank you, Kitty O'Meara…for pointing out that at this very moment, this very day, we can seize the opportunity to restore wholeness to our world."—Sy Montgomery, bestselling author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

"An eloquent, heartwarming reflection that will resonate with generations to come… encouragement for a brighter tomorrow."—Kate Winslet

“A poem by American writer Kitty O’Meara has deservedly gone viral.”—Edinburgh Evening News

And the People Stayed Home is a beautifully produced picture book featuring Kitty O’Meara’s popular, globally viral prose poem about the coronavirus pandemic, which has a hopeful and timeless message.
 

 

Kitty O’Meara, author of And the People Stayed Home, has been called the “poet laureate of the pandemic.” This illustrated children’s book (ages 4-8) will also appeal to readers of all ages.

O’Meara’s thoughtful poem about the pandemic, quarantine, and the future suggests there is meaning to be found in our shared experience of the coronavirus and conveys an optimistic message about the possibility of profound healing for people and the planet.  Her words encourage us to look within, listen deeply, and connect with ourselves and the earth in order to heal. 

O’Meara, a former teacher and chaplain and a spiritual director, clearly captures important aspects of the pandemic experience. Her words, written in March 2020 and shared on Facebook, immediately resonated nationally and internationally and were widely circulated on social media, covered in mainstream news media, and inspired an outpouring of creativity from musicians, dancers, artists, filmmakers, and more. The many highlights include an original composition by John Corigliano that was premiered by Renée Fleming.

 

“Kitty O’Meara…offers us wisdom that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She is challenging us to grow—to look inside, to listen deeply, to allow ourselves to think differently, and ultimately, to create new ways of living on the planet."

– Deepak Chopra, MD, author, Metahuman

“Kitty O'Meara is the poet laureate of the pandemic…The poem has become shorthand for a silver-linings perspective during the coronavirus outbreak—the hope that something good can come out of this collective state of ‘together, apart.’ ”

– O, The Oprah Magazine

"An eloquent, heartwarming reflection that will resonate with generations to come. In a time when we all need to believe something good can come out of something so devastating, Kitty’s words give us pause and hope…this book offers the reader encouragement for a brighter tomorrow."

– Kate Winslet

Thank you, Kitty O'Meara, for showing us promise amid the panic, and for pointing out that at this very moment, this very day, we can seize the opportunity to restore wholeness to our world."

– Sy Montgomery, bestselling author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

“A stunning and peaceful offering of introspection and hope…a positive response to the global COVID-19 pandemic…effortlessly captivates…will open minds of all ages…the result is the feeling of an open heart.”

– The Children’s Book Review

“It captured the kind of optimism people need right now.”

– Esquire (UK)

“A poem by American writer Kitty O’Meara has deservedly gone viral.”

– Edinburgh Evening News

“One of the most popular pandemic poems to date was authored by Kitty O'Meara...”

– To the Best of Our Knowledge (NPR)

“A deeply reflective poem that offers a hopeful and helpful message for people of all ages during this challenging time.”

– Dr. Judy Ho, neuropsychologist, author, and television and podcast host

“Kitty O’Meara… captured the world’s attention with her poem…showing readers the ways that the stillness and quiet could heal.”

– Wisconsin State Journal

“It’s obvious why this meditative poem has resonated so deeply with people.”

– Book Riot

 “A lovely take on our dealing with, and eventual recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic”

– Creators.com