Intergenerational Trauma: Call for Narratives

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." -- Maya Angelou

We are looking for poems, stories, and other writings about dealing, struggling, and coping with intergenerational trauma. We aim to receive pieces that share the pain of the struggles, but that also evoke beauty, hope, and inspiration. Selected narratives will  be featured in our upcoming ‘’Mad Maps’’ publication. 

Length of narratives: 100-1000 words

Send your narrative to: Please include your name, phone number, email address, and whether or not you want to remain anonymous, use a pen name, or be published under your own name

Deadline:  May 20, 2015


Telling our stories is an act of affirmation, and it is when our stories move the people around us that we feel real, relevant, and important. When our story impacts people, and they take positive steps to relate with us, something in us also changes. Therefore, by transforming others, we transform ourselves and our communities. When we see our stories in writing, we can self-reflect and see patterns and possibilities, ways to heal and ways to bring awareness about the challenges we face. Sharing our stories connects us with one another: we can teach people who we are, what we have been through and how we want to be treated while letting people know that they are not alone. Story-Sharing may be one of the most powerful ways to fight stigma and offer comfort and courage to those who are navigating our same shaky path. We can let them know that speaking up is not only possible, but can also be transforming. Our stories can restore some hope in a damaged and oppressed world.

The stories shared within The Icarus Project are rarely portrayed in the media. Our stories don't all have shiny happy endings or speak to some magical recovery. Instead, our stories relate daily struggle and social injustice. They are important and valid, despite the dominance of more marginalizing narratives in the media.Our stories speak about our daily struggles, about our awareness of the social justice obstacles that don’t just go away. We need to break from the isolation inflicted upon us by not being represented in the mainstream media and the newspaper editorials.

"Without our stories, how will we know it's us? Without the stories of others, how will we know who they are?" Dudley Cocke