BARBIE BEATON received the Honorary Montana Fellowship to Virginia Creative Center for the Arts, 2018. Works published: Survivor Lit Bright Bones, Contemporary Montana Writing

*MEMOIR-IN-PROGRESS: MIRAGE, A DAUGHTER’S LIFE: In this story about identity, family, and self-deception, Beaton shares her experience with trauma (C-PTSD), triggered at the age of forty-two. Flashbacks, nightmares, and grief surfaced from an adverse childhood and a family history of trauma, causing her to fear reality and the relationships she once trusted. As a wife and mother, she became despondent. As a daughter, she wanted to escape. With no context to understand the sudden loss of reality, her story raises colossal questions about denial, fear, identity, and gender. Beaton, a gifted storyteller and writer, exposes societal myths and biases about PTSD, illustrating how context fails and psychological inequities are exacerbated — disempowering victims, their beloveds, and society at large —when women’s stories are excluded from the conversation.

Barbie Beaton lives in Missoula, Montana.

*Author’s Note: Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a trauma response from long-term exposure to abuse. Barbie Beaton is not a specialist.

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