Awakened Voices

Awakened Voices Magazine

Awakened Voices is an online magazine that provides a home for survivors, secondary survivors, allies, and advocates to share their healing through writing and digital art. Submissions have come from all over the country and world, and our staff provides supportive and healing feedback to writers. Awakened Voices has published work by 227 writers and artists. Awakened Voices and our blog, The Nightingale, aim to challenge public perceptions of sexual violence by leaning into nuanced aspects of survival and healing. The original fourteen issues and blog are an outlet for survivors from all over the world to share their stories and be a part of the Awakenings community. The fifteenth and ongoing issue(s) are an archive of our Cohort’s art and presentation of their time creating and healing together in Awakenings’ Studio.

Cohort Archive issue 15 2023

Issue 15: Cohort 2023

Published February 9th

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Issue 16: Cohort 2024

Publishing late 2024

Issue 14: Curtain Call

Published September 30th, 2022

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Issue 13 The Body Speaks Cover image

Issue 13: The Body Speaks

Published December 17, 2021

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Cover art by Y. Hope Osborn

Issue 12: Unthemed

Published May 14th, 2021

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Cover art by Caroline Andreea Zgorțea

a dandelion with seeds starting to float away. A blue background. Text reads "Legacy Awakened Voices Issue 11 Winter 2020" at the bottom text reads "Seeds to the Wind by Judith Dawn watercolor Awakenings Permanent Collection"

Issue 11: Legacy

Published: December 4th, 2020

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Cover Art by Judith Dawn

Issue 10: Intention for Change

Published: May 22, 2020

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Cover art by Jimin Kim

Issue 9: Erasures

Published: September 27, 2019

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Cover art by Danielle Hark

Issue 8: Those Who Help

Published: April 22, 2019

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Cover art by Chloe Allred

Issue 7: Here, There, and Everywhere

Published: December 4, 2018

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Cover art by Megan Karson

Issue 6: A Day in the Life of a Survivor

Published: May 2018

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Cover art by Amber Johnston

Issue 5: Memoirs

Published: August 24th, 2017

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Issue 4: Making Metrical

Published: January 31st, 2017

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Issue 2: Fathers

Published: October 1st 2015

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Issue 1: Mothers

Published: May 8th 2015

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Awakenings Literary Blog, Literary Magazine for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Education Surrounding Sexual Assault

The Nightingale

an extension of Awakened Voices

We seek to provide a platform for even more writers to share their voices. In The Nightingale, we published fiction, non-fiction, essays, resources, and reviews. 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.

Survivor Library

Do you want to engage with more survivor literature but aren’t sure where to start? Our library is comprised of memoirs, graphic novels, short stories, poetry, and magazines. You can download the catalogue to browse our library collection. We’ve added links to finding the books online, and you’re welcome to come to our gallery in Ravenswood, Chicago, IL to see the library in person!