Wild Violet Featured Works: Week of Aug. 19 (Abuse)

By on Aug 19, 2013 in Issue Archives

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Abusive relationships leave behind a complicated tangle of emotions, as this week’s contributors illustrate.

In G.S. Payne’s essay, “What I Learned During My Summer at Penn State,” an alumnus ponders how group identity plays into the school’s recent sad saga of abuse and the resulting calls for justice. 

Telisha Moore Leigg’s fiction piece, “Ghost Story,” explores the conflicting and heartbreaking emotions surrounding a teenage girl’s sexual involvement with her teacher. 

In Judith Ford’s essay, “Gone,” a health crisis draws a woman back into her ex-husband’s life and forces her to come to terms with their family’s troubled past. 


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.