literature mental health

Anne Sexton

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated and written by @ladieswhodraw. It is featured in the second issue of the Illustrated Women in History zine which you can order here.   “A handful of truly exceptional writers helped give birth to the genre of confessional poetry, but to me, this genre’s true mother is …

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Yayoi Kusama

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated by Yuki Sambongi. It is featured in the second issue of the Illustrated Women in History zine which you can order here. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer who is recognised as one of the most important living artists from Japan, and an important part …

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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who sang blues-influenced rock. She is best known for her number one hit “Me and Bobby McGee” and was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and the ”First Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Joplin was born in 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joplin had a tough time as …

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Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher was an American actress and writer. She is best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars. She has written a semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, as well as two autobiographical novels Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic which deal with her struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder. Fisher was outspoken in her views …

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. She became one of the world’s biggest and most enduring sex symbols. Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Monroe’s mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe was mentally and financially unprepared for a child, Monroe was placed with foster parents Albert and Ida Bolender …

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was an American Academic, Author, Editor and Poet best known for her novel ‘The Bell Jar’, and for her poetry collections ‘The Colossus’ and ‘Ariel’. Plath showed an aptitude for writing from a young age and was writing complete poems from age 5. At age 8 she had a poem published in the …