Okay, so listen up! For the next little while (read: the next year or so) I will be assembling, editing, printing, and publishing an anthology about mental health and mental illnesses. That’s great, you say, what’s so friggin’ special about it?
This project is going to be written, collected, and edited by Canadians with mental health issues for Canadians (and others) with mental health issues before it reaches publishing houses or independent printers.
The goal of this collection is to give voice to the lived experience of mental health. As someone who has been living with an MI (a mental illness), I want to talk about my experiences so that others can learn from them. I want people like me, and not like me who have lived totally different experiences to have their say and share their stories.
In brief, this anthology will play host to lots of poetry and short stories, as well as original ‘chapter’ illustrations. “War Songs and Battle Cries” aims to tell the stories of people before their diagnoses, learning about their illnesses, struggling with their mental health, and daring to survive. This will be a story, ultimately, of hope.
Information will be posted here on my poetry blog, as well as my Tumblr.
If you’d like to contact me regarding this project (you want to submit something, or know someone who would, or just really need to talk to someone about MI issues), please feel free to message me via that-which-they-defend.tumblr.com or with an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.