30 Shades of Blue collects the perspectives of well-known writers on depression, sadness, suicide, and being blue, through stories as personal as they are unforgettable. The silent epidemic of depression affects millions of people and takes dozens of lives everyday, while our culture grapples with a stigma against open discussion of mental health issues. Editor Amy Ferris has collected these stories to illuminate the truth behind that stigma and offer compassion, solidarity, and hope for all those who have felt blue.
Contributors to 30 Shades of Blue include:
- Pam Houston
- Beverly Donofrio
- Matt Ebert
- Caroline Leavett
- Courtney Love
- Chloe Caldwell
- Kitty Sheehan
- Christine Kehl O’Hagan
- Jimmy Camp
- Ruthe Pennebaker
- Sherry Amanstein
- Laurie Easter
30 Shades of Blue brings the conversation around depression and sadness into the open with real, first-hand accounts of depression and mental health issues, offering empathy to all those who have been affected by these issues.
I guess I’ll come out of the closet and say I’m almost done putting together a brand new essay collection, titled:
I’ll Tell You In Person.
Anthologies are sort of the best, in some ways. When I was 21 or something I read a tip for writers which was: submit to anthologies. That way you can meet other writers and do readings and stuff.
I published an essay on Medium called The Laziest coming Out Story You’ve Ever Heard and I was really surprised at the response! I got lots of emails from strangers and friends it was also a top 20 read on Medium. I’m sort of unclear about why. I don’t mean that in a fishing for compliments way. I just mean like, I wasn’t afraid to publish it and didn’t spend a long time writing it like I do with most my essays. So I was surprised it spoke to people, that must say something about labels, the culture, etc. It’s a short version, and the longer one is going to go in my new book.
I saw Elisa Albert and Jenny Offill in conversation at Oblong Books 2 weeks ago and will be reading with Elisa Albert at Pete’s Candy store in Williamsburg, April 9, 730pm.