Kintsugi – Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma releases January 1, 2019! Today’s featured author is Jervon Perkins. Presale links below!
Jervon Perkins was raised in northern New Mexico. He recently published his debut novella “Touched, Red,” and was shortlisted in the 2018 #MeToo Essay Contest by Memoir Magazine. He moved back to New Mexico in late 2018 after receiving his MFA in Nonfiction at Butler University and is currently working on publishing his debut memoir. He’s tall for no particular reason, unapologetically queer, and writes on his blog MyQueerShapedLife.com at inconvenient times. “On Kesha, Touch, and Sexual Assault” is his first official, non-independent publication.
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.