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Make Your Story a Gift

To come to know and to make sense of and to share our stories is not an act of selfishness, but an act of growth, healing, and ultimately, generosity. But what is a writer to do with a violent story she cannot narrate—when it’s her own?

Gift collage illustration

Illustration by Andrea D'Aquino

When I first came into conscious contact with the violence of my early childhood story I was 36 and happily married, with two healthy children and a respectable career as a poet and writer and teacher. But it felt like my world was unraveling. I found myself in a black hole; …

Nadia Colburn, PhD, is a writer and poet, published in The New Yorker and Slate, a yoga teacher, and coach. Her online course Align Your Story integrates writing, reading, yoga, and meditation. For information go to

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