The Locust Years
This memoir is the heart and soul of a girl who basically grew up in a parallel universe created by her mother, an untreated paranoid schizophrenic. Finding her voice saved her life. In writing the story of her healing journey, she stands in solidarity with others who have experienced childhood trauma to break mental health stigma and hopefully empower you to find your voice too.
About Kelly Hanwright (Chattanooga, Tennessee Author)
Louisiana native Kelly Hanwright is the author of survival memoir in poetry, The Locust Years. Kelly has a BA in English Literature as well as a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Tennessee Tech University and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society.
Raised by a parent with untreated mental illness Kelly lives with anxiety and complex PTSD. She’s always loved writing and seeks to empower others to use writing to heal trauma, erasing mental health stigma and opening honest dialogue about mental health struggles. Kelly uses her blog and social media as ways to be a mental health activist. She stands firm that mental health IS health!
Kelly loves life as a high school English teacher living with her hero Frank (who also happens to be her husband) in the mountains of Tennessee. When she isn’t writing or grading papers, you can find her in the field training bird dogs, fishing, hiking the beautiful Tennessee country, playing guitar, or painting. She is a nominee for Best of the Net award and two-time nominee for the Pushcart prize in poetry. Poems, including many from The Locust Years, have been published in Birmingham Arts Journal, Soul-Lit, Rogue Agent, American Diversity Report and Heart of Flesh Literary Journal. She also has work in The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume three, the 2019 Write Like You’re Alive anthology, and the 2020 Chattanooga Writers’ Guild anthology.
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