Drew Sheldon is a disabled veteran and a feminist. A survivor of numerous traumas and PTSD sufferer, he advocates passionately for his fellow survivors and all people struggling with mental illness. He was raised by a single mother whom he dearly misses and lives quietly by a little lake with his beautiful kitty, Francesca. Find more from Drew on his site Straight White Male Seeks Knowledge. Find his essay, The Beast Within Me, here on The Honeyed Quill.
You don’t have to stay here it’s not your fault let him deal with the blood there are enough walls between you and magic escape through this window board your unicorn you are better than this place I will keep your devil in this box for a time. When you return we can look at him together watch him clean the mess he made with your body we will rinse our vaginas free of his lingering ash I have heard unicorns are spiritual healers take yours to the tree tops
Stephen Phillips is a self-taught photographer is Bloomington, IN. He brings an easygoing yogi vibe to his sessions which creates space for individual expression and personality to shine through. Stephen has a unique ability to see who his client is or wants to be and capture it through his lens. He says he came to photography because he always found comfort behind a camera. He sees photography both as art and a service to others. Stephen’s joy is capturing the essence of his subject through a relaxed portrait session. Find more of
Tien Linton is a photographer for JealousyJane Couture in Bloomington, IN. Photographs from his “Late at Night” series have appeared alongside two pieces on this site: “Someday I Will Be Fearless” by Amy Gigi Alexander and “My Synesthesia Experience: The World and the Page.” You can connect with Tien and find more of his work here.
Shareen Mansfield is the author of “Compromised Field,” a poem found in text messages. She can always be found On the Verge. She stands at the edge in writing and life. Discover her work and you discover her.
Beige. That’s the color I’m seeing. You are not anxious. You are full on terrorized. You have no middle ground— If you speak and don’t get it exactly right the blowback will be fast, and from every angle. Decide where you want to belong. Forge your path there. People terrify me. And I’m not saying I want you to be afraid— I want you to give each fear it’s own sterile place. brutally, surgically remove the cancer, use radiation, –whatever you need— then leave it. Once you aren’t thundering from