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Business Courier: UC grad says poetry can help people cope

Cincinnati poet laureate Manuel Iris says people need poetry more than ever in pandemic

University of Cincinnati graduate Manuel Iris says people can turn to poetry to cope with the stresses of COVID-19, quarantines and the uncertain times. 

Iris spoke to The Business Courier about the role poetry can play in a crisis. In the profile, Iris 

"This is the moment for the arts," he told The Courier. "Our souls need to be fed."

Iris is Cincinnati's poet laureate and a graduate of UC's College of Art and Sciences, where he earned a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literature. He grew up in Mexico where he fostered an appreciation for creative writing. He teaches writing and literature at DePaul Cristo Rey High School near UC's campus and coaches a poetry slam team.

Read a new poem by Iris called "Quarantine" in The Courier.

Featured image at top: UC graduate Manuel Iris gives a poetry reading at the Cincinnati Mercantile Library. Photo/Melanie Schefft

Manuel Iris chats at a reception at the Mercantile Library.

UC graduate Manuel Iris, right, talks at a reception at the Cincinnati Mercantile Library. He says poetry can help people cope with stress. Photo/Melanie Schefft