Women Writing After Concussion

Edited by E. D. Morin & Jane Cawthorne
Read by Tara Yelle
Categories: Literature & Language Studies, Social Sciences, Disability Studies, Health, Social Work & Psychology, Psychology, Poetry, Auto/biography & Memoir
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Paperback : 9781772125818, 304 pages, September 2021
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781772125863, 248 pages, October 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9781772125870, 248 pages, October 2021
Audiobook : 9781772126365, 304 pages, August 2022

Table of contents

xi Brainstorm | how we got here | E. D. Morin & Jane Cawthorne

3 In Exile I Draw the Tower Card | Kyla Jamieson
5 Lost | Jane Cawthorne
21 It’s Fine, I’m Fine | selections from a one-woman show | Stephanie Everett
43 In the River | Carrie Snyder
55 Another Ordinary Day | Dianah Smith

61 September | Kyla Jamieson
63 Un/titled | Shelley Pacholok
79 Whet Language | Claire Lacey
95 I was in the back of a taxi that went into a car that rolled a stop sign | Kinnie Starr
111 Losing my mind | Judy Rebick

123 Two Years Post-Injury | Kyla Jamieson
125 How to: Consume Care, Caringly | Chiedza Pasipanodya
131 She Hulk | E. D. Morin
143 No Answers | Alexis Kienlen
155 Concussion, Yoga and Resiliency | Mary-Jo Fetterly

169 Kind of Animal | Kyla Jamieson
173 In which skinny dipping temporarily fixes a life | Anna Swanson
187 Finding the Switch | Amy Stuart
195 A Wave of Relief | Tracy Wai de Boer
205 Appearing and Disappearing | a poet gets up from her table | Jane Harris

223 At Least | Kyla Jamieson
225 The Next Hit | Julia Nunes
241 This is Normal | Rayanne Haines
249 And the Sky Was All Violet | Adèle Barclay
263 Disconnections | Julie Sedivy
273 Orca mother drops calf after an unexpected 17 days of mourning | Kyla Jamieson

275 Acknowledgements
277 Notes
281 Contributors


In Impact, 21 women writers consider the effects of concussion on their personal and professional lives. The anthology bears witness to the painstaking work that goes into redefining identity and regaining creative practice after a traumatic event. By sharing their complex and sometimes incomplete healing journeys, these women convey the magnitude of a disability which is often doubted, overlooked, and trivialized, in part because of its invisibility. Impact offers compassion and empathy to all readers and families healing from concussion and other types of trauma.

Contributors: Adèle Barclay, Jane Cawthorne, Tracy Wai de Boer, Stephanie Everett, Mary-Jo Fetterly, Rayanne Haines, Jane Harris, Kyla Jamieson, Alexis Kienlen, Claire Lacey, E. D. Morin, Julia Nunes, Shelley Pacholok, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Judy Rebick, Julie Sedivy, Dianah Smith, Carrie Snyder, Kinnie Starr, Amy Stuart, Anna Swanson

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  • Short-listed, Book Cover Design | Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2022
  • Winner, Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year | Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2022


Impact: Women Writing After Concussion is an anthology containing the stories of 21 women writers reflecting on how their personal and professional lives have changed following experience with concussion.

- Concussion Alliance, March 2, 2022

"The personal essays and poetry collected in this anthology edited by activist writers Morin and Cawthorne explore how concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) impact women, and in particular, how suffering a concussion and TBI has affected the individual lives of the various contributing authors.... The anthology is divided into five sections, each bookended with poetry, and includes essays on, e.g., accepting the effects of injury, the challenges of healing, the life changes wrought by concussion, and the struggle for recovery of the creative process.... The essays, written by a diverse group of women writers, were selected with the aim of helping women who have suffered from concussion realize that they are not alone." C. A. Nadon, CHOICE Magazine

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals. General readers.

"Recommended reading.... we find it compelling and profoundly accurate." Concussion Alliance newsletter, March 2, 2022

"The 21 contributors here are strong, capable, accomplished.... Yet their ongoing success was jeopardized by a concussion, a.k.a. TBI (traumatic brain injury). Through this anthology, we step into the realm of the contributors' confusion and turmoil. The journey is at once astonishing, fascinating, troubling and inspiring.... Impact is one of the best anthologies I've ever read. It is not a quick read. Much pain and beauty are in its pages." Doreen Vanderstoop, Alberta Views Magazine, June 2022