The Nightingale

The new Awakened Voices blog

As an extension of the Awakened Voices literary magazine, we seek to provide a platform for even more writers to share their voices. The collection of writing will compliment the biannual Awakened Voices publication and offer more frequent published pieces every month of the year.

On the blog, we will be publishing fiction, non-fiction, essays, resources, and reviews written by members of the Awakenings community. As always, Awakenings seeks to make visible artistic expression on the topic of sexual violence that is survivor-focused and works towards healing.

Like the magazine, our blog is home to many genres from different voices and experiences. We hope you will be interested in submitting your own work and contributing to our growing family of Awakenings authors.

We kicked off this blog in December 2018 with articles from Awakened Voices’ and Nightingale Editor Megan Otto and writers Kelsey May, Taylor Finn, and Katie Gezi. From here on out we will be posting once every other week.

Our newest posts: May 11, 2019

 Rev. Dr. Barbara Edema and Megan Otto

Kills 99.9% of Germs

Jorie Rao delves skillfully into the aftermath of an assault. The piece explores the tiny sensory details that form whole memories and how those memories can grow into large parts of ourselves. Here, the smell of soap in a bathroom takes Rao's readers through a...


Take a journey through Kimberly Cunningham's poetic piece as she shares her arc and offers help and healing to others. Cunningham uses rhythm in the piece to carry readers through her journey from abuse to survival. She offers her discovery of her own power and a...

This is a Normal Bus Ride

This skillful piece by Allison Linne highlights not only the experience of sexual violence, but also all the complicated emotions that come after. Linne tells the all-too-common story of feeling isolated as a survivor in a world that overlooks this experience. Small...

Easter Women

There is a consistent narrative throughout history of women not being believed or taken seriously, but the truth has always been that women's and survivors' stories are crucial. The story of the Easter Women is as powerful for women of thousands of years ago as it is...


Sandra Shaw Homer takes us through the complicated years of her childhood with grace and skill. It's a piece that speaks to the prevalence of sexual violence in domestic, everyday settings, and it also provides a powerful example of the ways in which survivors can...

On Healing Editorial

We are kicking off our blog with two editorials from one of our editors and the champion of The Nightingale, Megan Otto. Her clear voice has guided much of Awakened Voices in the past half year. Her knowledge and skillful dedication to writers and survivors of sexual...