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Chap is a mental health activist whose groundbreaking collection, Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction,(Seven Stories Press) quickly became a fixture in the new mental health scene. A thought-provoking and engaging speaker, she has spoken on art, creativity, gender and self-destruction in colleges, museums, and writing centers in the US and abroad.

 

She is also dedicated to creating and fostering communities elevating the marginalized experience. From her early work chronicling feminist writing communities, to her most recent work creating an alternative protest movement for Black Lives Matter, Chap is intent on gathering and amplifying activist voices.

 Chap is represented by Soapbox Inc. 

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Chap is a mental health activist whose groundbreaking collection, Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction, (Seven Stories Press) quickly became a fixture in the new mental health scene. A thought-provoking and engaging speaker, she has spoken on art, creativity, gender, and self-destruction in colleges, museums, and writing centers in the US and abroad.

 

She is also dedicated to creating and fostering communities elevating the marginalized experience. From her early work chronicling feminist writing communities, to her most recent work creating an alternative protest movement for Black Lives Matter, Chap is intent on gathering and amplifying activist voices.

 Chap is represented by Soapbox Inc. 

 

LIVE THROUGH THIS:
On Creativity and Self-Destruction

Edited by Sabrina Chap

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Seven Stories Press (1st & 2cd editions)

Lambda Literary Award Nominee

A visceral look at the bizarre entanglement of destructive and creative forces, Live Through This is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores the use of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, eating disorders, and addiction.

 

These artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through a woman’s silent rage, through the power inherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuing possibilities of transforming that burning force into the external release of art.
 

Forward by Amanda Palmer
Contributions by: Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Margaret Cho,
Swoon, Eileen Myles, Kate Bornstein, and more.

“For women whose talents include a canny ability to self-annihilate, this book is a tonic. Read it and weep. Literally.”

                       – Jennifer Baumgardner

 

“The Women in this collection give courageous insights and inspiration to any artist struggling with self-destruction.”

 

                        – Sara Quin

                        (Tegan and Sara)

“The essays and visuals that make up Live Through This plum the depths of out-of-control lives, examining how self-destruction functions as both a hindrance and a productive challenge.”

 

                             – Bitch Magazine

 

“A Stunning book. I found myself dreaming conversations with some of the writers . . . engaging in the conversation they begin here.”

                   - Dorothy Allison                               (Bastard Out of Carolina)

“Live Through This delves deep into the psyches of poets, dancers, playwrights, and performers (including Patricia Smith, Eileen Myles, Kate Bornstein, and Margaret Cho) to reveal the forces that drive artists toward both passion and pain.”

                             - The Advocate

"This intimate book gives you all the tools for self-emergence.”

                             - Janeane Garafolo