ShoutOut Arizona: Interview with Carol Test
Hi Carol, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
“The creative adult is the child who survived,” said author Ursula K. Le Guin. This has been a guiding light for my artistic evolution. As a creative writer, I’m obsessed with how artifacts, images, and language hoarded in family systems reveal—and hold the potential to heal—generational trauma. A Complex-PTSD survivor and young adult cancer thriver, I know it’s vital not only to reflect lived experience when writing trauma narratives, but also to recognize that within the telling of any healing story lies the key to unlocking mechanisms by which people survive. The secret comes in finding sly ways individuals, families, and cultures, draw upon distinctive traditions, strengths, and humor to reclaim traumatic pasts.
This work feels more necessary now than ever, as the world collectively undergoes traumatic shifts.”
~ Carol Test
Visit SHOUTOUT ARIZONA to read the entirety of the interview about my current project, a lyric memoir in collage form, and my course on Healing Trauma via Hybrid Forms. Debuting at the 2021 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers’ Conference in February, “Healing Trauma Narratives” is being turned into a free webinar offered through The Writing Cycle’s website this summer. In it, writers and survivors will explore the roots of different types of trauma, such as complex, collective, and generational, along with a variety of creative ways to tell their trauma stories.
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