“breathe once the yellow air of freedom”

John Reinhart has been contributing to Open Thought Vortex since it got its legs. His work is consistently phenomenal. Truly, this poet and firefighter can set the bar for lyrical and visual artistry. By far, my favorite of his pieces is one that speaks directly to the fierce power even the smallest, most unexpected of us have when it comes to survival. 

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Shawna is a writer and in Bloomington, IN with an MFA from Indiana University. Her work most frequently addresses issues associated with survivorship. Some of her published writing can be found in The Manifest-Station, HuffPo, Sacred & Subversive, Exit 7, [wherever], and Role Reboot. She writes most regularly on Steemit and her personal site, The Honeyed Quill. Shawna is the creator of #LinkYourLife, the compassion-based community for artists and survivors on Twitter and Facebook. She is Editor-in-Chief for The Relationship Blogger, a site dedicated to mental health, relationships and their intersections. She teaches writing locally as well as online through the Center for Creative Writing.

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