Writing is my way of processing events and finding a way to deal with my emotions. My stepfather's death was a particularly difficult time as he committed suicide because of his trauma in being a sex abuse survivor. In writing the piece Helpless I researched the effects of sexual abuse on men and I was able to understand him and his choice more.
I am very privileged that Kalliope Journal championed this piece by commissioning and published it. I am also particularly indebted to Dmetri Kakmi for putting on his editorial hat and so beautifully and sensitively editing it.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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