In the opinion of saying, “Common problems are divided in half; Double happiness. The latest volume of the Journal of Arts and Literature chick Focuses on daily life during COVID, sharing the problems that artists and writers have survived as well as their joys at this time. It is titled “The View From Here” and can be read online here.
The special issue includes writers, artists, and musicians from North America, Scotland, Korea and Europe. The Show From Here featured 82 contributions, selected from around 1,000 entries.
chick It provides a space for people to publish their work based on their experience with mental health issues. The Journal does not require reference to mental health technically or explicitly. “We have a very broad definition of mental health and what fits in that umbrella,” managing editor Lucille Bruce, communications officer for the Connecticut Center for Mental Health, says of the magazine.
Michael Rowe, PhD, founding editor and professor of psychiatry for the Yale Program for Healing and Community Health, home chick, Approves. The idea for the magazine was to focus on mental health, mental illness, and people’s lived experiences — but not in a well-defined way. We didn’t want to restrict people.”
Charles Barber, nonfiction author on mental health and criminal justice and professor at Wesleyan University, is the editor of the special issue. He says the idea for this issue emerged very clearly in the early months of the epidemic. Barber adds that mental health has become a major topic in the age of COVID.
The special issue is a collaboration with Mental Health Scotland. Rowe has worked in coordination with the organization professionally before, but this is the first issue she helped produce.
On the idea of ’the view from here,’ Barber says, ‘we were all sent home, and I wanted to do something proactive… We had a series of conversations with our collaborators in Scotland, and the case was made public.’ The magazine issues calls through editors’ networks and the online submission system, as well as through word of mouth.
Case topics include raising children during COVID, isolation, connecting with family and loved ones, and grief. Barber says, “I think what we got was almost at the local level of COVID — what it’s like having a teen in the house during this time; what it’s like to shop; what it’s like to be with a disability, reading an obituary, to immerse yourself in nature.”
Ronald Kelly writes in his book “Katabasis” that the time of COVID brought him a welcome change from working the night shift — but also took away his aunt. Kelly wrote, “But as I learned to sleep at night and work by day, the aunt had inhaled the wrong puff of air, was brought home with ibuprofen when she went to the doctor for help, and died after only weeks of pain.”
Celia Donovan, in The View From Here is Best Hideaway, describes her rise and fall after living at the beginning of the pandemic in a women’s shelter. She writes, “Deeds of kindness sprout everywhere. I receive encouraging words from friends, one friend sends me artwork to cheer up the place, another brings me plants as I grow French beans and sunflowers on the windowsill…”
.’s visual art chick Edited by Rebecca Miller, magazine designer Jane Criscola has played a large role in pairing writing with art. Visual art includes photographs, drawn self-portraits, landscapes, drawings, sketches, and collages. The pieces are arranged chronologically, approximately from March to July 2020.
This is the sixth volume of chick Since 2013, it has been shown for the first time at a Zoom celebration on November 18. Writers read from their tracks, music from the number was played (the songs “Do Better” and “On the Other Side”), and visual art was shown.
Current and previous versions of chick Available online at the Yale for Recovery and Community Health Program website. This is the first special issue of chick But not the last. The editors are working on a new topic for the next issue.