Author Janna Vought
Janna Vought, MFA, is a poet, nonfiction and fiction writer with more than 50 pieces published in various magazines and literary journals. She graduated from American Public University with a bachelor's degree in English and from Lindenwood University with an MFA in creative writing. She is an AWP Intro Journals Project in Poetry nominee for 2013. Janna is married and the mother of two daughters, the eldest who suffers from chronic mental and developmental illnesses.
"Destiny presented me with a situation that affords me access to a most strange, sometimes frightening, beautiful, and always intriguing world."
Evolution of Cocoons is a firsthand account of mothering a child who suffers from debilitating mental and developmental illnesses delivered through a montage of poems and personal essays. The book offers readers an intimate glimpse into the life of a family reeling from the effects of such diseases; everyone is brave and flawed. It is an honest, brutal, introspective, and searching look into a life corrupted by a child's imbalanced mind and a mother's search for strength.
Burn, burn, Wicker Girl, bone, ash, fire.
Wicker Girl: A Collection of Poems is a small collection of feminist poetry explores the evolution of the author’s spirit and authentic voice as she travels through varying levels of existence. The autobiographical verse is interspersed with contemplative pieces exploring the female experience in modern society, as well as its symbolic representation in the natural world, combine to plot a defined purpose and path of self-discovery. Elements of violence and abuse, subjugation, loss, denial, and finally a realization of worth help readers both identify and empathize with the author and the sisterhood of women as a whole, understanding the similarity of existence they all share. Broken into three sections: Child, Woman, and Soul, the book strives to not only document the author’s life as captured in poetic works, but also to demonstrate the tenacity and strength of the feminine spirit to survive, and ultimately overcome whatever obstacles block her path to enlightenment and her ultimate emergence into her true self.