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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!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Pity Party" Now Available

My essay "Pity Party" is now available to read in Amygdala Literary Magazine. This essay is about the official onset of my bipolar disorder. It's about when my son was born in 1995, which triggered my first major depressive episode, and then a little later, my first major manic episode, both of which led to my diagnosis.

This was as difficult an essay to write as any about my illness. I discuss what it was like to go through childbirth and then experience severe depression, which was at first misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. It wasn't until the depression didn't subside that I was sent to a psychiatrist. And then I spun into a manic episode, which clinched the diagnosis. I hope this essay will educate and enlighten as well as make others who are afflicted with mental illness feel less alone.

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