I have good news! If you weren’t able to make our poetry reading the weekend before last, you don’t have to miss out. There is a video of the reading available to watch on Youtube! I hadn’t originally planned on recording the reading but I learned after it was completed that because the reading was held both on zoom and facebook live, facebook automatically saved a recording (of the speakers on screen only). So now …Read More
This week my debut poetry book, “Pet: the Journey from Abuse to Recovery” comes out. The poetry sequence takes you through my experiences in an abusive relationship, my attempts to heal, my retrospective reflections on the relationship, and the larger-scale insights that came with long-term healing. To introduce it, I wanted to share with you this piece about what it took to write that book in the first place. CN: extensive and detailed discussion of …Read More
To celebrate the release of Kella Hanna-Waynes’s debut book of poetry, a piece of work that took more than 10 years to complete, we’re hosting a remote event that will be much more than just a poetry reading! Event Details: When: November 6th, 3:00PM-4:30PM (PST) Where: Remotely over zoom and live on facebook Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86085348114?pwd=b3lwd3NVMnRkS2phcUx6UkVwdlJ0Zz09 Pass Code: pet How Much: Free! Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome. Please keep in mind that the subject …Read More
Today I wanted to share another full poem with you from the book and give you the backstory on this poem. Many of the poems tell specific parts of the story or…[Read More on Patreon]
CN: extensive and detailed discussion of emotional & financial abuse; discussion of domestic violence; mention of suicide and sexual abuse; overall disturbing content. “When I say, “Good girl,” I want you to say, “Thank you, sir.” “Yes, sir.” “Good girl.” “Thank you, sir.” I handed him the yellow check. When the bank clerk originally asked me what color I wanted my checks in, I picked gold, but it turned out that gold just meant a …Read More
Today I wanted to share with you some backstory and after-story about the poem from the upcoming book, which is called “How Could She Stay With Him?” including the full poem itself. (Read More on Patreon)
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“Pet” is a poem sequence that navigates the reader through the traumatic & transformative journey of domestic abuse and its aftermath.
CN: disturbing statistics regarding intimate partner violence, extensive discussion of the impact of abuse, trauma, marginalization and the intersection of all three; brief discussion of trauma-based mental illnesses, and oppression as a result of race, LGBT status, socio-economic background, and/or physical/mental ability. The focus of Yopp has always been to discuss all things related to social justice and civil rights. But another important topic that emerged fairly early on was issues related to abuse and …Read More
A long post about finishing the cover design and then the final cover reveal!!