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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 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. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. 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!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two Acceptances!

I've recently gotten work accepted twice. My memoir piece "Jenga" will be published in a mental health anthology by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective, and my story "Under the Bookcase" will be published in a journal called The Outrider Review.

The title for "Under the Bookcase" came to me from the Shirley Jackson novel The Sundial. In it, at the very beginning of the book, a snake slithers under a bookcase. That's the last the reader sees of the snake, and throughout the entire novel, I wondered about that snake. So in the beginning of my story, a snake is spotted in the living room of a house owned by a married couple, and they watch in horror as the snake slithers under a bookcase. The snake appears again in my story--it comes out and is seen again--so in a way, I answered my own question about what happened to the snake under the bookcase in Jackson's novel! It came into my story... and I suppose you'll have to read the story to find out what happens to it.

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  1. Congratulations, Emily! That's wonderful. You deserve it. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Pam! Thanks for always having faith in me.

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  2. Well done, Emily. I can't say I'm surprised given your talent for writing (and for freely sharing that with others like me), but it's worthy of congratulations! A great way to kick off the holiday weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jason! You're so kind. It is a great way to kick off the holiday. Have fun on the Fourth of July and say hi to Imran and Addie for me!

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