Poetry, Fiction & Memoir | Theme: Ancestral Trauma
Soft cover | 155 Pages | $15
“I see this issue as a mending, turning trauma and pain into art . . . It is the process of creating that heals us.”
Christine Lincoln, Guest Editor
2023 Winter Issue Zoom Launch
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2 PM EDT
My Youngest Daughter Wants Nothing
The story that keeps
Suitcases on Parnassus Street
Nancy Naomi Carlson
The Leaving Never Leaves
Spoil the Children
My Vagus Nerve Needs a Somatic Butterfly Hug
Dear Friend, I Remember
Sheree La Puma
Retroactive Baby Shower for Iva
Stones in My Mouth
On Having Enough
Christine O’Leary Rockey
Portrait of My Mother
Ellen Hirning Schmidt
She Sits at the Desk in Front of Me
You’ll Remember the Blood
After You Left
It Is Always There
Carol Clark Williams
Spaying the Kitten – SOP
Duffel Bags Are Swelling in the Muddy Culvert
Leaving Daddy Alone
Walking Around the Block
Baby in a Sink
Cats Go for Your Throat
The Facts of Great-Uncle Wilfred
The Immunity of Milkmaids
We Can All Get a Little Crazy
Ruby Makes a Call
Ophelia M. Chambliss
Original Call for Submissions from Guest Editor Christine Lincoln
We hear the words ancestral trauma and we might immediately think of childhood sexual or physical abuse, or the dissolution of our parents’ marriage, or the discovery some awful family secret. Secrets and generational trauma often go hand in hand.
But there are other less obvious ways we can and, most likely, have experienced ancestral trauma. Generational trauma can be something as seemingly insignificant as being raised to fear people who live in the inner city, or something as quietly insidious as growing up poor, or it could be something as prevalent as bearing witness in a family that did not treat its women with the highest regard.
These are the kinds of trauma that have been passed down as easily as mother’s milk, the limiting beliefs and damaging ideas handed down as succinctly as family myths and bedtime stories — the legacy of pain that has been perpetuated by our ancestors, because they could not do any better, but also the generational trauma we have inadvertently continued, because of our inability — until now — to look straight into the shadows where these things hide, to heal, and transcend, create a new legacy.
Christine Lincoln, guest editor. Mary Azrael, Kendra Kopelke, editors. Rosanne Singer, assistant editor. Christine Drawl, managing editor. Breasia Boyd, Ladi Glori, editorial assistants. Christine Drawl, design. Amber Campbell-Wheeler, Shira Segal, Dina Sokal, interns. Lenett Partlow-Myrick, cover painting.
Guest Editor, 2023 Passager Open Issue
Christine Lincoln is an internationally award-winning author and motivational speaker. Her stories have appeared in many literary journals such as Pleiades Magazine and the Paris Review. They have been read and performed by Don Cheadle, Gary Dourdan, and Lizan Mitchell.
Lincoln is Poet Laureate Emeritus of York, PA. As Laureate, she created a writing group at a local domestic violence safehouse where she helped survivors of trauma and abuse explore poetry as a means to healing. Christine has traveled throughout the U.S. and the world, including South Africa where she was the first author to represent the United States in South Africa’s annual Year of the Writer Celebration. She has appeared on NPR, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been featured as a “Phenomenal Woman” in O: The Oprah Magazine.
Editorial Assistant, 2023 Passager Open Issue
Ladi Glori’s is an innovative Baltimore-based spoken word artist, actress, and author, as well as a passionate activist. She was named a top ten poet of Central PA by Jump Street. Ladi was featured on radio and performed as part of the ‘Becoming Human; Voices to End Rape Culture’ production. She has served as Master of Ceremonies at concerts that speak to the power and vibrance of culture, such as The Imani Concert, Equality Fest and Central Penn College Poetry Slam. Ladi Glori’s passion on stage is only surpassed by her urgency to retell the narrative through empathy, self-love and unapologetic truth.
Editorial Assistant, 2023 Passager Open Issue
Breasia Boyd is an aspiring writer with a fascination for the imagination. As a child she experimented with writing poetry, fanfiction and screenwriting. She said, “I love all forms of creative writing and there’s nothing more magical than watching something you dreamt of come to life.” Growing up in both Maryland and Virginia contributed to her appreciation for culture, arts and her ever growing imagination that fuels her writings. “I’ve experienced city life, country life, beach life and everything else in between. I feel like I’ve lived all over without having to go very far.” Breasia is an alumna of Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.