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From a young age I learned how to express without speaking– tucking expressions into secret corners…

Fear under mattress…

Tears into nightlight shadows.

My father was a recovering alcoholic through his stumbled journey with sobriety he had not quite mastered taming his rage.

My father was a recovering alcoholic through his stumbled journey with sobriety he had not quite mastered taming his rage.

As I gradually awoke to the many ways my “family” lacked acceptance. I faded out from the church.

I found a new home in musical theatre.

Where I could sing, scream and be as emotional as I wanted to be.

I was applauded for behavior that would have gotten me in serious trouble at home.

And I was in love with it.

I was discovering my voice in many ways. I came across a book of Anne  Sexton’s poetry at a thrift store, and my confused angst found solace.

I wrote dark confessions, however clouded in riddles of poetic metaphors.
There were some things too difficult to even admit to myself.

I was struggling with my body and the gender ascribed to it. I was in the throes of undiagnosed  anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I learned to cope in ways that masked and evaded the problems at hand: I starved myself and exercised compulsively, drank excessively and self-mutilated.

It wasn’t until I went to a holistic massage school– That taught me more about how to process trauma than it did about muscles– Did I begin to acknowledge the abuse I had forgone as a child. The vault door to repressed emotion and memory had been opened.

I began to write my truth: However messy and uncomfortable it was. I came out as non-binary and became translucent about my struggles and triumphs with mental health.

Now I investigate the illnesses of American society through my writing as a call to action. I write to explore my own internal landscape and to offer others possible tools for their own introspection and healing.

Art by: Lynn Greene
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