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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Friday, June 14, 2013

What I'm Currently Reading...

A post about my current reads...

In fiction, I'm reading When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. I'm really enjoying this novel and finding it to be very well done. It draws heavily on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and reminds me of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's set in a dystopian future, and I love books about dystopian futures. They're up there with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic literature (yes, I have somewhat grim tastes at times in fiction).

In nonfiction, I'm reading Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry. I'm brushing up on my poetry knowledge with this. It's been a while since I've done any reading about poetry. I've read poetry recently, but I really need to read more, especially after reading this handy little guide. And I'd like to write some more poetry--something I haven't done in a while.

Also in nonfiction is Michio Kaku's Physics of the Future. This is a fascinating read. Such intriguing and compelling thoughts and theories about where we'll be up to the year 2100. It really gets my imagination going.

One thing I'd like to mention is that I'm reading these three books in hard copy. Yes, I have a Kindle Fire, and I read many books on it, but I still love hard copy books. I think there can be a nice balance between hard copy books and e-books.


  1. great stuff Yes I like hard copy too.

    1. Hard copy will never go away for me! It can coexist with electronic media, I believe.