The essays and poems contained within this anthology are not only compelling but also harrowing stories of sexual assault. None of these pieces were easy to write–and were born out of traumatizing and terrible experiences. CCM believes in providing a safe space within the literary community where we can not only talk about painful experiences and issues but also necessary considering the current political climate.
Contributors include Hillary Leftwich, Prerna Bakshi, Mila Jaroniec, lauren samblanet, Erin Taylor, Stephen Furlong, Lillian Ann Slugocki, Maggie Queeney, Christopher Morgan, Geula Geurts, Sarah Lilius, Omotara James, Lauren Milici, Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, Stephanie Valente, Isobel O’Hare, Shevaun Brannigan, Amy Jo Trier-Walker, Marty Cain, Jennifer Maritza, McCauley, Alaina Leary, Alexis Groulx, Patty Paine, Abigail Welhouse, Stephanie Berger, jacklyn janeksela, Christine Stoddard, Nicole McCarthy, Lynn Melnick, Ashley Miranda, Leza Cantoral, Corinne Manning, CAConrad, Danielle Perry, Annie Virginia, Claudia Cortese, Kelley O’Brien, Jessica Lynn Suchon, Hannah Kucharzak, Sarah Madges, Staci R. Schoenfeld, Alexis Smithers, Agnes Vittstrand, Freke Räihä, Jason Phoebe Rusch, Leah Mueller, MW Murphy, Katie Clark, Christoph Paul, Lora Nouk, Lauren Davis, and Diane Payne
JOANNA C. VALENTE is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2016, ELJ Publications) & Xenos (2016, Agape Editions). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in Prelude, BUST, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets.