Awakened Voices 

Awakened Voices is a Literary Magazine run by The Awakenings Foundation. Founded in 2015, Awakened Voices provides an outlet for writers to share their experiences and thoughts about sexual violence.

Issue 4: Making Metrical

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

We’re making a lot of things happen at Awakenings these days.  “Making Matters” is the name for our monthly series of art-making workshops.  “Making Moves” was the name of a recent dance performance we hosted.  Even our recent holiday party was called “Making Merry.”  So what else should we call an all-poetry issue but “Making Metrical?”

Last fall, when we decided to take a step back and re-imagine our magazine, we were astonished and gratified to receive a flood of poetry submissions.  So many we had to struggle to keep up!  It was obvious that the first issue on our new publishing schedule should be an all-poetry issue. Thanks to you, we have 16 examples of poetry in many and varied formats to share in this issue.  

 So many poems, so many stories, so many voices.  Making metrical the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.  So meaningful, so moving, and so necessary.  Now, more than ever.

Issue 3: Forgive, Forget, or Fuck Off

Release Date: April 21st, 2016

We all heal differently.  Many of us are told we must forgive and forget.  Some of us find that impossible.  But most of us know what anger feels like.  Hence, “Fuck Off.”

Issue 2: Fathers

Release Date: October 1st 2015

As with our first issue, “Mothers,” we were determined to offer a balanced point of view.  We knew we would hear about molesting fathers, and we did.  Could we find other fathers –supportive fathers, fathers of survivors, fathers who faced sexual trauma in their own families and were brave enough to write about it?


Issue 1: Mothers

Release Date: May 8th 2015

Founder Jean Cozier’s personal experiences with her mother have helped conceive the very first issue. May is often thought to be synonymous with celebrating mothers, blooming, and rebirth. Our first issue highlights meanings that subvert the traditional concept of “mother.”