Dairy Hollow Writers Colony fellowship project to focus on healing after sexual assault


Dairy Hollow     Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is no longer a diagnosis limited to soldiers returning from a war zone. Counselor and mediator Susan Kraus will be writing a self-help guide for rape victims suffering from PTSD during her fellowship at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

     There has been a drastic shift in the definition of rape and the potential to prosecute, Susan writes, because of the prevalence of the “hook-up” culture and the acceptance by many young people that casual sexual contacts are the norm. Everything that used to be considered evidence – ripped clothing, bruising, semen, going to a hospital, reporting to the police – is moot once someone says it was consensual.

Susan has started working with young women who have been raped but cannot prove it. Their friends say “Get over it” and “Don’t make a big deal … it was just bad sex.” The police don’t believe them, courts and universities can do nothing.

“Their PTSD is unique and insidious, and they carry guilt and self-blame around in their emotional back-packs (if they even remain in school.) When a woman is raped by a stranger, myriad fears and anxieties must be dealt with,” Susan writes. “But when a young woman is raped by a boy she flirted with and would have liked to date, the damage can be worse. She distrusts everyone. Everyone and everything is a potential danger. More significantly, she distrusts herself and her own judgment.

“There are many books about rape and rape recovery. But this form of rape is different. This post-trauma recovery process is different. The treatment approach must be different.”

Susan is the recipient of the 2016 Inspiring Recovery Fellowship, awarded to an emerging or established writer working on a nonfiction project concentrating on mental health issues and recovery.

She has worked with military members, their spouses and families and as a Licensed Domestic Mediator for the State of Kansas. She has worked as a freelance writer for years, is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and has published two books, “Fall From Grace” And “All God’s Children” that feature a middle-aged female protagonist who is a therapist and mediator.

Molly Eagan, of Brooklyn, NY, was another top applicant for the fellowship. She is writing a book about her experience with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which destroyed her marriage and career and left her homeless at the age of 40. While in treatment, she met other women who struggled with understanding and identifying as PTSD survivors, stigmatized as an illness experienced only by war veterans. She is researching the history of PTSD diagnoses and its evolution to include abuse survivors and old and new treatments.

Debra Hagan of Andover, Mass. was another top contender. She is writing a memoir about her son’s bipolar illness and looking at artists throughout history and how they’ve coped (or not) with bipolar illness and channeled their mania into their art. Her son’s recovery took years but he learned to channel his mania through music and computer coding, which has enabled him to function normally, hold down a job and complete an associate’s degree.

The Fellowship entitles the recipient to a two-week stay at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, in beautiful and charming Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Two Literary Prizes to Be Awarded at A Prized Evening 

Two Arkansas authors, Marvin Schwartz and Sandy Longhorn, will be honored at A Prized Evening, the annual awarding of the Worthen and Porter LiteraryPrizes, on Thursday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Main Library Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. RSVP to 501-918-3033.

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Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery opening “Landscapes|Dreamscapes: At the Crossroads of Observation & Memory Exhibition”


Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception for their newest exhibition,Landscapes|Dreamscapes: At the Crossroads of Observation and Memory on Thursday, October 27th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Little Rock.

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NWCAN set to open new arts & events venue to open in Fayetteville

Fayetteville is gaining a new community performance venue. The team behind NWA Creative Arts Network (producers of Last Night Fayetteville, the Creative Exchange Conference, and the Last Saturday Variety Show) is proud to announce their latest venture, Stage Eighteen, a multi-use venue dedicated to showcasing performance and visual art.

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South Arkansas Arts Center to Host American Watercolor Society Exhibition


The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center invites the public to the American Watercolor Society’s 149th Annual International Exhibition which will open in the Price and Merkle Galleries on October 4 and run through October 27.  A reception is planned for Thursday, October 13 from 5:00-6:30pm. This exhibit is being sponsored by local art lovers who are excited to have these important paintings in the SAAC galleries.  It is free and open to the public MondayFriday from9:00-5:00.

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Art of Fashion Lecture to feature Qui Style’s Mangue Banzima at Ark. Arts Center


mangue-banzimaOn Thursday, September 29, the New York fashion scene comes to the Arkansas Arts Center with noted fashion blogger and stylist Mangue Banzima. With over 15 years of experience in New York City fashion, client services, management and consulting, Banzima is the founder of Qui Style, a fashion and lifestyle blog that documents and forecasts current trends on the streets of New York City.

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The Art Department at Thea Foundation presents Kat Wilson

Thea Foundation presents The Art Department’s next installment will feature the works of Bentonville-based photographer Kat Wilson in an exhibition titled Habitats: Bentonville and will debut with a reception Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Thea Foundation.

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90’s rockers The Posies set to play Capitol View Studio in Little Rock

Newly opened Capitol View Studio will host legendary ‘90s rock ‘n’ roll band The Posies as part of the band’s “pop-up show” tour on Sept. 29.  This event will also serve as a “soft opening” for the studio, which will host its grand opening later in the fall.

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Arkansas Arts Council Announces Recipients of 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship Awards


The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of its Individual Artist Fellowship awards. The artists will be recognized at a reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at Historic Arkansas Museum on 200 E. Third Street in Little Rock. Refreshments will be served in the Stella Boyle Smith Atrium at 5:30 with the awards program beginning at 6 in the Ottenheimer Theater. Seating is limited; RSVP by Friday, Oct. 7, by calling (501) 324-9348 or emailing robin.mcclea@arkansas.gov.

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