Impact: Women Writing After Concussion

Edited by E. D. Morin and Jane Cawthorne

University of Alberta Press
September 2021
Nonfiction, poetry, memoir
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In Impact, 21 women writers consider the effects of concussion on their personal and professional lives. The anthology bears witness to the painstaking work that goes into redefining identity and regaining creative practice after a traumatic event. By sharing their complex and sometimes incomplete healing journeys, these women convey the magnitude of a disability which is often doubted, overlooked, and trivialized, in part because of its invisibility. Impact offers compassion and empathy to all readers and families healing from concussion and other types of trauma.

Contributors: Adèle Barclay, Jane Cawthorne, Tracy Wai de Boer, Stephanie Everett, Mary-Jo Fetterly, Rayanne Haines, Jane Harris, Kyla Jamieson, Alexis Kienlen, Claire Lacey, E. D. Morin, Julia Nunes, Shelley Pacholok, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Judy Rebick, Julie Sedivy, Dianah Smith, Carrie Snyder, Kinnie Starr, Amy Stuart, Anna Swanson

About the editors

E. D. Morin is a winner of the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize. Her experience with concussion is documented in an online graphic story on Empathize This. Jane Cawthorne writes about women on the brink of transformation. She is a feminist activist and former women’s studies instructor. Together, they edited the literary anthology, Writing Menopause.


Trade Non-fiction Book of the Year, 2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards

Shortlisted for Best Book Cover Design, 2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards

Shortlisted for Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award, Rayanne Haines’s “This is Normal”, 2020 Alberta Literary Awards

Reviews and interviews

CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, in conversation with editor/contributors Jane Cawthorne and Kinnie Starr

Alberta Views, review by Doreen Vanderstoop