The Art of Touch


In The Art of Touch: A Collection of Prose and Poetry from the Pandemic and Beyond, the unique voices of thirty-nine of some of the most creative thinkers of our times have been brought together to consider the profound impact of one of our five main sense: touch.

Psychologists, healers, massage therapists, academics, creative writers and others reflect on or tell personal stories about what it means to be able to touch or experience touch, or to have to go without it–as so many did because of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the experience of touching beloved animals to the life-changing ways in which books and performances can touch us, virtually all aspects of our most profound connection as human beings–physical touch–are acknowledged in these pages.

177 pages, softcover, University of Georgia Press, November 1 2023