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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, 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!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nomination

The Mondegreen has nominated my short story "Santa Lucia" for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. I am so honored by this, and while this may sound like something you hear a lot around Academy Award nomination time, it feels great just to be nominated. It really does.

I enjoyed writing this story very much. My Italian Catholic grandmother used to tell me about St. Lucy. If I remember correctly, she had a statue of St. Lucy holding her eyeballs on a plate, or at least a holy card which portrayed this, so I feel the story has a connection to Grandma Mary. I don't know if she would have appreciated this story--it's a little gruesome--but she was always proud of me and her many other grandchildren. When I was a kid, she would ask me to play "Santa Lucia" on my cello, but because I didn't know the song, I'd play another favorite of hers, "You Are My Sunshine". Nevertheless, I can still hear her singing "Santa Lucia" in an attempt to teach it to me. So here's to you, Grandma Mary. And thank you so much to The Mondegreen.