Maureen Hawthorne 

“Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West Travel Log, Vol. 1”

“Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West Travel Log, Vol. 1” is a visual biography of an actual event in the life of English modernist 20th-century author Adeline Virginia Woolf and her close ally British novelist, poet, and garden designer of Sissinghurst Castle (Kent, England), Victoria  Mary ‘Vita’ Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson. In the summer of 1927, they embarked on an  enthralling journey from London to Yorkshire, United Kingdom, to view the Total Solar Eclipse on  June 29th (Wednesday: the day of the week when the influence of the planet MERCURY is most  keenly felt – books, communication, correspondence, diplomacy, gossip, healing, herbalism, history, libraries, mass media, mathematics, mental prowess/ intellect, reading, school/  education, the sciences, students, teachers, travel, visiting, vocal music, wisdom, writing).  Virginia Woolf had chronicled this once-in-a-lifetime “23 second” occurrence in her diary. My re-imagined artistic narrative is loosely based on “The Mysterious Universe” by Sir James Jeans, 1st Edition published 1930 (Cambridge University Press); a gripping book that she had avidly read. 

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G.B. Lindsey

Look Up An Inch

Climbing out, it turns out, is much the same as falling in. The pit has insidious walls. They reverberate like plucked piano wires. Every minute is a sound, and every minute that hits them bounces back, resounds and resounds until that minute, that moment, that second becomes endless, infinite. Each echo darkens the dark, and each sickly, sickening thought that you beg not to think glares brighter and brighter until it rewrites itself against the flesh of your brain. Until it blinds utterly.

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Call for Featured Writers for the 2022 – 2023 Year

Madwomen in the Attic is seeking featured writers for The Featured Writer Project’s 2022-2023 writing year, which will begin in January 2022.

Open reading period: August – October 31, 2021. We feature women and gender-non-conforming writers and artists.

This is a non-competitive call for submissions, open to writers from any location across the globe; all who wish to be featured writers and who fulfill the submission guidelines will be included in this project and archive. MITA seeks to offer a space in which veteran writers write alongside novice writers as a form of literacy and advocacy to dismantle stigma and support women and queer people. MITA, as an organization, acknowledges equality and celebrates neurodiversity. MITA’s featured writers are not simply writing to showcase their work– they are also writing as a form of advocacy or activism – to self-consciously be part of building an archive and legacy for women and gender-non-conforming people who have been affected by the mental healthcare system, mental illness diagnostic labels, trauma, disability, or emotional distress. More information on the project and its goals is available on our FAQ page.

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Joni Ravenna

BEETHOVEN AND MISFORTUNE COOKIES  

Based on the true life story of Kabin Thomas

Written by Joni Ravenna 

TRT: 60:00 (may run straight or with intermission) 

In 2006, Kabin Thomas – a 43 year-old, black Music Appreciation Professor at The  University of Arkansas whose classes all had wait lists and a 90% attendance record – was fired  after a white student complained about the use of profanity and a graphic image depicting a  lynching in one of his lessons. This is the story of how he lost himself and then found his way  back. 

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Nicole Luongo

The Becoming is a brutal account of mental illness by a woman who doesn’t believe in mental illness. A lifetime of addiction, eating disorders, and trauma culminates explosively after the author begins a PhD at the University of Oxford, and while in hospital she is liberated through psychosis. Her journey from terror to self-acceptance is grueling, and she makes meaning of it by weaving reflexive narrative with classic and nascent scholarship. Part phenomenological recounting, part social critique, the text disrupts bio-medical approaches to altered states by exploring their emancipatory potential. It also illuminates how conventional mental health treatment pathologizes human suffering. In doing so, The Becoming contributes to anti-psychiatry and Mad studies projects, each of which asks, “what does it mean to be sane?” 

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