Divergents Magazine

Reflections on the neuro-divergent experience in a neuro-typical world.


Divergents Arts

Ellen Wetmore - Artist Profile

Ellen Wetmore works in video, drawing and sculpture. Her work has been on exhibition at Ciné Lumière in London, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and the Sarah Doyle Gallery of Brown University. She was awarded the 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Film and Video and a Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust Grant. She is a Professor of Art and Department Chair for Art & Design at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Some of her work can be seen at http://ellenwetmore.com/.

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Austin Giacco - Photographer

When I was in my first years at my current college I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My twin sister who was studying to become a expressive therapist suggested that I start taking pictures when ever I was upset or depressed and I fell in love with it. Ever since then photography has been my main medium to express my emotions and my creativity.

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Nick Fagan - Fabric Arts

"My Dyslexia has had a huge effect on my work. One of the reasons I make my work is because I can not express myself in language because of dyslexia. I find it easier to show how I feel threw images then with words.” - Nick Fagan

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Anne Offen - Painter and Writer

A“My NVLD makes it hard to communicate with others and so I see my artwork as a way to communicate with others without the barriers of my disability. It is also a challenge to the neurotypical world that there is nothing wrong with me and that we neurodivergent folks do not need to be fixed. We are exactly who we are supposed to be.”-Anne Offen

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Does Kindness Really Exist?

Ryan Smoluk is an emerging Winnipeg artist who has already received substantial recognition for his work. He has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council. A highlight of his young career took place in 2012 when he was given a United Nations Stamp Award for his painting The Path. The drawing, completed when Smoluk was 15 years old, was reproduced on a postage stamp that became available world-wide.

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A note from arts editor, Christina Tedesco

The art world is more accepting of divergents.

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Divergents Blog

  •  2/24/2021 11:19 AM

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  •  10/7/2020 11:07 AM

Mitchell explores who gets to be part of the "Divergent" club -- science vs. politics.

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  •  7/8/2020 09:37 PM

Divergents Magazine is a natural offspring of Landmark College. The radical idea to found a college for divergent learners created a network of divergent writers, artists, and thinkers.

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  •  5/26/2020 11:10 PM

As everything else about education has changed, it is time to demand an end to unquestioned, neurotypical privilage!

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  •  5/10/2020 02:37 PM

As a woman, sharing a house with four dyslexic men, Sarah Mitchell articulated a vision of Neurodiversity before the word existed.

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  •  4/13/2020 06:20 PM

#TNBS Challenge: Anytime you come across examples of people from the neurotypical community patronizing or dismissing a person with divergent neurology, hashtag it #TNBS Thank you, Divergents

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  •  1/23/2020 10:02 AM

Here are some suggestions to reform Special Education, lifted from a piece "The Bigotry of Normal" now under review.

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  •  1/22/2020 07:58 PM

“Yes I’m (Divergent)! I’m proud of it!

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  •  1/9/2020 12:42 PM

Ben Mitchell reflects on the recent spate of research into ADHD and Meditation.

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  •  12/12/2019 08:13 PM

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Donate to Divergents

Divergents Magazine is pleased to announce a new initiative through GoFundMe.  We need your support to  raise awareness about our mission to change the paradigm.  Once we reach our goal, Divergents Publishing will send complimentary copies to individuals and groups who work with divergent families.

You can donate to our GoFundMe using the button above. For more information, watch the video below.


Call for Submissions, Winter Issue

What is it like to date a neuro-typical? 

To get through this long, pandemic winter, Divergents Magazine wants to hear your experience of love. How do you lavish attention on your partner when you’re ADHD? How do you meet someone in a culture obsessed with non-verbal social-cues? How do you write a love letter when writing gives you anxiety? We want to hear any and all ways in which your interactions with the neurotypical world colors this most human of experiences. Send us your essays, fiction, art, and poems reflecting on the navigation of romantic relationships.

The deadline is Valentine’s Day—February 14, 2021. We’d love to hear from you.

To submit your writing or art, read the relevant guidelines below:

Prose and Poetry Submission Guidelines

We are always looking for essays, opinions, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for inclusion in Divergents. Our content is made for, by, and about the experience of living atypically in a neurotypical world. We are especially interested in stories that celebrate neurodiversity and feature the unique ways divergent populations interact with and contribute to their communities. We love stories that raise awareness of ancillary issues neurotypicals might not have ever thought of. For example, a story about your Autism diagnosis and what that means isn't quite what we're looking for. A story about having a scary run in with the police because they aren't trained to identify or deal with people on the spectrum is.

For all submissions, the following criteria apply:

  • Submissions should be emailed to submissions@divergents-magazine.org
  • Your submission should either be attached as a Word document (.doc) or a working link to a Google Doc. 
  • While we don’t have hard limits on length, prose submissions are ideally between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Poetry should be able to fit on one page (Sorry, Dante)
  • In your submission document, include the following information at the beginning, before the body of the piece: 
    • Title
    • Your name as you’d like it to appear
    • Your email address
    • Your physical address (for your complimentary copy of the magazine)
  • If we accept your submission, understand that we may make changes to it for issues of length, clarity, or tone. 

Visual Art Submission Guidelines

We want to see any art in any medium: paintings, drawings, collages, mosaics, sculptures, and more are all welcome.

  • Email one or two images of your work to our Arts Editor, Christina Tedesco: Arts@divergents-magazine.org, or send to us using WeTransfer to the same email address
  • Total size of image file should be no more than 50MB. 
  • Images should be high resolution (300 dpi)
  • Each image submission should be no larger than 1200 pixels on the longest dimension . 
  • You can send images smaller than this if that's all you have, but we may not be able to make it work. 
  • If you need help making your image 300dpi check out this tool
  • If you're unsure of how to best photograph your artwork, this video can help you.  
  • If you have any questions you can email Christina Tedesco: Arts@divergents-magazine.org


About Divergents

Divergents Magazine encourages the millions living with a sense of isolation and shame, never quite fitting the expectations of the world, to understand that they are not alone. Perhaps you have lived your life as a misfit. Perhaps you have struggled with depression, addiction, anxiety—or any of the ancillary diagnoses that stem from the core disconnect between neurotypical expectations and your truth. Divergents Magazine is for you. We hope you hear your story reflected in the fearless words of our authors. We hope you recognize the myriad feelings captured by our artists. We hope that, as you read and take in these images, you come to accept that there is nothing truly wrong with you. You are different but you are still profoundly human.

You are not alone.

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Divergents Staff

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Editorial Staff

Alethia Smith - Lifestyle Editor
Anna Harris --Director of Development
Ben Mitchell - Publisher - Ben.Mitchell@divergents-magazine.org
Christina Tedesco - Arts Editor - Arts@divergents-magazine.org
Dave Eagle - Story Editor - Dave@divergents-magazine.org
Jake McLaughlin - Social Media Editor - Jake@divergents-magazine.org
Leon Rice -- Director of Sales and Marketing - Leon@divergents-magazine.org
W.W. Stevenson - Graphics Editor - W.W.Stevenson@divergents-magazine.org

Divergents Publishing: Editorial Board - If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us.

Alethia Smith - Lifestyle Editor
A native of St. Louis, Alethia holds an Associate degree in art, a Bachelor of Arts in human services, and a Master of Arts in teaching. As well as being an Accredited event designer. Alethia worked as a residential assistant in college, where she was responsible for coordinating multiple events for hundreds of students. This is where she developed a true love for event planning. After college, she led a number of independent partnerships, focused on developing and managing promotion events. She is known for engaging her talents and ideas in fun, exciting, and unconventional ways.
It's the most minute details that make an event successful, and Alethia is the master of the little things. She has the ability to transform and perfect your vision and impeccably execute the detail to create an amazing event. With over a decade of experience planning galas, fundraisers, weddings, and festive events of all kinds, Alethia understands how to fit everything together to create a flawless and remarkable event.

Anna Harris, Director of Development
Anna Harris was born in Waterbury CT on July 1st 1987, attended North Andover public schools and after graduating high school in June of 2006, started Landmark college in the fall of 2006. She received her associates degree in the winter of 08. Her diagnosis are Cerebral palsy, Non verbal learning disorder, bipolar disorder and anxiety. I am thrilled to be the director of development for Divergents magazine. I hope to make you all proud and get donations for what will be an amazing magazine.

Ben Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief -Ben.Mitchell@divergents-magazine.org
With an MFA in Poetry from Goddard College, Ben Mitchell has published poems in more than fifty literary magazines all over the US, Canada, and the UK. Mitchell’s first book of poems, Only the Sound Itself, was published by Codhill Press in 2010. In 2012, Mitchell was one of four poets invited to read his work at the first poetry reading of Parabola magazine. Mitchell is currently completing a book called The Bigotry of Normal, reflecting on thirty years working in the field of special education as an individual diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD. He started Divergents magazine as a natural result of the themes in his book: all voices deserve to be heard.

Christina M. Tedesco, Arts Editor - Arts@divergents-magazine.org
Christina M Tedesco is an artist, a poet, and museum attendant for the Harvard Art Museums. With an MFA in studio arts from Tufts University in affiliation with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Christina’s work has been featured at galleries in the U.S. and Canada, including the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery of Toronto and the Massachusetts State House. In 2018, Christina was awarded a Local Cultural Council fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council and is the Timeline Manager for Somerville Open Studios. Christina also happens to have Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia. Go to christinamtedesco.com to see her artwork.

Dave Eagle, Story Editor - Dave@divergents-magazine.org
Dave is a writer, chef, and photographer, in that these are the most recent things he has been paid for. There are another half-dozen careers he’s given a whirl, but they bored him. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, as well as other places that aren’t nearly as impressive. You can see samples of his work at http://quasiprofessional.com, his third attempt at an online portfolio which isn’t quite done and may well never be. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing & Literature, then abandoned his MFA when he was 32 credits in. It’s kind of a pattern for him. He died of a heart attack in November of 2019, but couldn’t even stick with that. True story.

Jake McLaughlin, Social Media Editor & Field Journalist -  Jake@divergents-magazine.org
Jake McLaughlin is from Hanover, New Hampshire. He is an avid cyclist and has participated in many long distance rides and races. He attended Landmark College and earned his Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies/Motivational Psychology in 2017. Jake struggles with depression and also has Asperger’s. Jake has performed a handful of open mic standup comedy showcases. He uses comedy to not only bring light and levity to his struggles, but to also help others around him to understand his perspective.

Leon Rice, CIvil Rights Editor - Leon@divergents-magazine.org
Leon was born into the Civil Rights movement: in the 1960’s, his grandfather had to move his family and career from Natchez, Mississippi to Chicago, Illinois. As a prominent member of the NAACP, he found himself next on the KKK hitlist, just after Medgar Evers. This has formed the foundation for everything that came after. Leon graduated from Landmark College as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. During his time at Landmark, he served as the VP of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the first black male Residence Advisor. Over the years, he’s been a basketball coach, an educator, an entrepreneur, and most notably, a writer and a photographer.

Will Stevenson, Graphics Editor - W.W.Stevenson@divergents-magazine.org
Will Stevenson is a resident of Red Bank New Jersey and has been doing creative work for most of his life. His art career started at age 14 in Mansfield Middle School in Connecticut, where his Social Studies teacher recognized a talent and suggested a creative project for academic credit. This was then realized by the painting of an historically themed mural on a classroom wall. He exceeded expectations of the Board of two prestigious Art Schools, the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, followed by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, from which Will graduated in 1990. Will has held many creative-based jobs such as the design, installation and maintenance of Japanese Gardens in New England. He has an avid interest in architecture and design and is currently working as a Graphic Designer.

Jay King -- Cover Art, polymer clay golem - “ADHD (Subject finds it increasingly difficult to focus on daily tasks)"


Jenn has ADHD

Promoting ADHD awareness and advocacy through peer support.

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The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health – Unwrapping the Gifts in All Minds

"As I see it, ADHD is a trait, not a disorder. I like to say I do not treat disabilities, I unwrap gifts. Yes, ADHD can be a terrible curse; but dealt with properly it can be the wings that carry you to the heights." - Dr. Edward Hallowell

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Sari Solden & Associates

Psychotherapist Sari Solden, MS, is a pioneer in the field of counseling women and men with the strengths and struggles of ADHD. She is the author of two popular books and a well-known, international keynote speaker on the subject. https://www.sarisolden.com/

The Art of Autism

We would love to be listed as a friend. We can add you to our newsletter for opportunities for our readers. Good luck with your endeavor! Debra Muzikar www.the-art-of-autism.com

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auticon is an international IT service provider and the first company in Germany to exclusively employ people on the autism spectrum as IT consultants. We are extremely proud of our autism-positive work culture, recognizing each employee for their individual strengths and talents and delivering outstanding quality to our customers.

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Zoë Kessler - ADHD According to Zoë

“I think of it as a cautionary tale,” says Kessler, who was diagnosed with ADHD at age 47. Part memoir, part self-help, ADHD According to Zoë describes the author’s harrowing experiences with undiagnosed ADHD. But the message remains positive: using Kessler’s strategies to overcome ADHD challenges, you too can thrive with ADHD. http://www.zoekessler.com/

Maxfield Sparrow

Maxfield Sparrow is a transmasculine Autistic author traveling North America with Fermat the Wonder Cat.

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Dr. Lara Honos-Webb

Lara Honos-Webb, PhD is a clinical psychologist licensed in California. She is author of Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals (2020), Brain Hacks, The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, The Gift of Adult ADD, The ADHD Workbook for Teens, Listening to Depression. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Honos-Webb completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and has been an assistant professor for graduate students. She has published 26 scholarly articles. Her website is www.addisagift.com 3075 Citrus Circle Suite 205 Walnut Creek CA 94598

Melissa Orlov - ADHD Effect Marriage Counseling

"Knowledge is power, and understanding and respecting your differences is the key to long-lasting joy when one or both of you has ADHD. I offer support for adults with ADHD and their partners, including seminars and support groups so couples impacted by ADHD can learn to thrive again."

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Advertise with Divergents

Support the Mission

Divergents Magazine seeks advertisers for our 2021, Winter Issue. Featuring artists and writers from all over the world, the Winter Issue will land at every University Disability Office and Educational Consultant’s office in the US. Printed in full color on high gloss, high quality paper, Divergents Magazine is the first international neurodiversity journal, exclusively focused on the work and experience of the neurodivergent community. Every artist, writer, or thinker featured has been diagnosed with one or more derogatory labels -- Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism Spectrum etc. Unlike existing publications in the field highlighting the work of neuro-typical “experts,” Divergents Magazine is by, for, and about people from families with minority neurological profiles. Where your advertisement will go: International Educational Consultants Association: Divergents Magazine will send complimentary copies of the Winter Issue to all 2,000 members of the IECA. Many families turn to educational consultants when they are not getting the support they need in school. Association of Higher Education and Disability: Divergents Magazine will also send complimentary copies of the Winter Issue to all 4,000 members of AHEAD. AHEAD is the organization of professionals who work in the disabilities offices at Colleges and Universities. This is your chance to reach the professional influencers you need to recommend your products. Furthermore, copies of your ad will be lying around the waiting rooms of every college disabilities office for the foreseeable future. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely - Leon Rice Director of Advertising Divergents Magazine Phone: 773-596-7639 Email: Leon@divergents-magazine.org