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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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Santa Lucia"

My odd little piece, "Santa Lucia" has been accepted for publication in Issue #5 of The Mondegreen. I'm excited about this; I like what this journal is all about, like their mission. "Santa Lucia" is about a contemporary young woman named Lucy, the actual St. Lucy (or Santa Lucia) from Sicily in 304 A.D., and a vain woman from 1890s Milan named Lucia. Lucy wants to gouge out her eyes for God; St. Lucy does gouge out her eyes and is martyred, and Lucia cheats on her husband with a man named Giuseppe. The three women play off each other in this tale told in six parts.

This will be my first publication of 2016, and I hope there will be more. I also hope that I might get good news about my novel Purple Loosestrife and finish my novel Hoping It Might Be So.

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