Kintsugi – Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma releases January 1, 2019! Today’s featured author is Deb Jannerson. Presale links below!
“Deb Jannerson is the author of the acclaimed poetry collections Thanks for Nothing (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Rabbit Rabbit (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her debut YA novel is forthcoming from NineStar Press. Her essay, “Scarring,” won the 2017 So to Speak Nonfiction Award. Jannerson also received the 2018 Flexible Persona Editors’ Prize and a Pushcart nomination for a work of flash fiction about gruesome at-work injuries and a Two Sisters Publishing Prize for a story about switching bodies with her cat. More than one hundred of Jannerson’s pieces have been featured in anthologies and magazines, including articles for Bitch Media that were shared over 50,000 times. She lives in New Orleans with her wife and pets. Learn more at debjannerson.com and on Twitter @DebJannerson.”
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of using gold (and other precious metals) to repair broken pottery. The ritual is complex, intentional, and contemplative. Upon completion, the once-broken vessels are made whole. They are stronger and possess a different type of beauty than before.
Kintsugi is the perfect metaphor for healing trauma.
Healing is multifarious. Not only does it require effort on the part of the survivor, but also those around them. The most effective healing takes place when there is a network of support. One where others can listen, witness pain, and hold space for the survivor.
This collection is designed to highlight the varying approaches to healing and to honor our individual needs along the way. Some authors are taking their first steps in these pages, while others share their successes in reclaiming their bodies, confidence, sexuality, and joy. Each story is unique – sometimes straightforward, but often counterintuitive (because if healing were simple or straightforward it would surely be easier).
Kintsugi is not for the faint of heart.