Welcome to my page, I’m Tianna. Thanks for joining us at The Legend City Collective! I write in all styles and forms; a current favorite is prose poetry. My writing usually incorporates something personal. I got into writing creative nonfiction (CNF) a while back and I’ve been hooked since. Much of my writing focuses on being a woman, witchcraft, and goddesses — finding strength in powerful women to help overcome trauma.
That’s what my debut collection Undone, Still Whole (to be reprinted) evokes. This being said, please take care when reading my work as much of it deals with pain in the aftermath of trauma, but also finding empowerment and recovery. No matter what you’ve survived through, there is always a light at the end of the darkness. There is always a way to feel whole again, to reclaim what was lost or stolen from you. You are an ever-shifting being, on the brink of discovery with each new day. I encourage you not to give up, despite your struggles. I’ve battled with mental illness (severe manic depression and anxiety) my whole life, and now I battle my PTSD and trauma triggers daily. I try to advocate and speak up about this as much as possible, to show my vulnerability in hopes of helping others. To encourage you to speak up about it, too.
My poems have been nominated three times for Best of the Net 2019:
“cherry consent” by Yes, Poetry
“starvation” by Fevers of the Mind
“unearthing” by Moonchild Mag
When not writing, I work on editing and running my small press / lit mag Rhythm & Bones Press, focused on the idea of turning trauma into art and creating a safe place and community in support of survivors.
Our June release was my first collaboration with two other poets, a dark fantasy poetic opera called A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony.
Check out all the books published at R&B — you won’t be disappointed.
Some of my recent publications:
“candy floss” at Elephants Never
“A Vessel for the World’s Passion”, “Dripping Honey” & “Army of Women” at Chantarelle’s Notebook
“coin on the soft tip of my tongue” at Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen
“I have been broken many times before” at Blood Into Ink (There is Strength in Our Stories)
“Medusa masturbating” at Ghost City Review [an erotic poem]
“bewitching hour” at Blood Into Ink (There is Strength in Our Stories) [a prose poem]
“cherry consent” at Yes, Poetry [a hybrid CNF/prose poem about first times & virginity]
“brittle”, “to the leering” & “becoming Calypso” at Thirty West Publishing House [3 poems]
“hygge (n.)” at Mookychick [a love poem]
“time for reaping” at Who Writes Short Shorts? [a prose poem]
Recommended readings I love:
Nadia Gerassimenko’s book “at the water’s edge”
“This is a Trans Poem about Swans” by Danielle Rose (Pigeonholes, “Body”)
“The Hollow Where His Heart Would Be” by Cathy Ulrich (The Forge Lit Mag)