Check out some of my essays and short stories.
Speaking in Tongues – Crack the Spine Anthology 2014 Layered in dark humor, “Speaking in Tongues” explores the quest for identity in the midst of chaos. Adapted from my memoir and selected by Crack the Spine (Issue 116), later selected for their Fall 2014 anthology, available on Amazon.
Drugged & Imprisoned – Religion’s Cell: true story of being drugged and imprisoned at a notorious Bible college in Indiana. Originally published on Religion’s Cell. For some reason this had hundreds of Facebook shares and I received a ton of email (and some hate mail) from folks all across the country.
* Chasing Euphoria – UAB, Poem, Memoir, Story: A crazy revelation in a Hallmark store leads to trouble. This piece showcases the slow and humiliating evolution from conditioned behavior into awakening. Featured in University of Alabama, Birmingham’s journal PMS (Poem, Memoir, Story), vol. 11, Spring 2012.
* The Dark – Progenitor
In the aftermath of a suicide attempt, the narrator struggles to makes sense of the past and rebuild her life. Winner of the Writer’s Studio Creative Nonfiction Prize (2008) and published in the Progenitor, 2009.
* The Middle of Nowhere – The SUN
“The Middle of Nowhere” was the theme for this short piece about the power of fantasy, as a troubled teen projects herself into the imagined lives of others. Featured in The Sun, Readers Write section, September 2009.
Relinquish – Minerva Rising
Each year approximately 130,000 women surrender a child for adoption in the U.S. We’re rarely offered a glimpse into their deeply personal, sometimes tragic, but loving stories. This is one of those stories. Published in Minerva Rising, Issue 4, 2013.
Interview @ Talking About Suicide I was honored to take part in an interview conducted by journalist Cara Anna for Talking about Suicide. I disclose some of my personal story for a worthy cause.
* Titles marked with an asterisk* were published under my former last name, Turner