Personal Essays

After the Phoenix shut down in 2013, I started writing essays that explored my personal experiences with trauma and the healing process.

In 2016 I published an essay about the impact of rape on my writing career through xoJane.com. I’m currently linking to the story syndicated by AlterNet, as the xoJane.com server was down on last check. (CW)

 
 
xoJane.com - January 2016

xoJane.com - January 2016

How Writing Helped Me Heal From Rape Trauma

I realized I was a writer long before I was raped. Both conclusions have had comparable impact on the trajectory of my career. As a disillusioned adolescent desperate for guiding words to live by, I found solace in a self-help tip from a fortune cookie: “If you’re feeling down, try throwing yourself into your work.” I obeyed for as long as I could.