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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, October 7, 2015

"Jenga" in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health

The book that contains my essay "Jenga" in now available for purchase. I'm excited! The essay means a lot to me. I hope that it communicates well one experience with mental illness; it's my wish to educate and enlighten readers, but also to entertain.

"Jenga" is about my first stay in the psychiatric ward. It was at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York and I was there for about four days because of a severe depressive episode. I met a young man in the ward whom I discuss in some depth in the essay. I met others, as well, and learned that people with mental illness in a psychiatric ward cannot be stereotyped or easily categorized. The people I met seemed so "normal", if such a thing even exists.

I talk about us, people with mental illness, as a tribe, because when it feels that way, I feel less alone. I hope that you might get a chance to read "Jenga" and learn a little more about the tribe.

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on the essay! The book looks gorgeous, and I will definitely pick it up. :)

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