The Music is Beautiful

Today, Open Thought Vortex Magazine published a piece in which I come forward about an assault I’ve never publicly shared. I chose to do this there for a number of reasons. One is that OTV is dedicated to elevating voices and conversations which have primarily come to include issues of survival. The other is a history of trust and love. While I may have left my editorial position at OTV, it still has a place in my heart.

The Music is Beautiful

It was such a privilege to be invited to support OTV. Watching it grow as its creator and publisher Shareen Mansfield dreamed its new directions and shape from the inside was a profound experience. When it was time for me to move on to my own projects (they are under way, I promise), I left incredibly proud of what OTV had become and confident in its future. Since leaving my post, I am delighted to see it has become even better. OTV has grown to include daily content and a broader expanse of strong, regular voices on topics of beauty and survival.

If you haven’t discovered the magazine, I hope you will. Start anywhere, but if you want, start with my story of being healed by a cello at a point in my life when I wasn’t certain of who I was, where I belonged, or how I might recover.

Please read “How a Cello Healed My Heart” on Open Thought Vortex Magazine.

My tale is one of friendship, and how even when it turns or fades, the music plays on and the music is beautiful.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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