Literary magazine “Open Minds Quarterly” is now in its 15th year of publication, and to celebrate this milestone it has launched its first anthology “In New Light: The many paths of identity, struggle and mental illness."
The book features selections from the magazine from 1998 to 2011 and examines how a person can hold on to their identity in the struggle for wellness.
Laporte’s poem “A Leaf” is a metaphor for depression and the change it brings to one’s sense of self. It describes how the memory of a vibrant life becomes elusive when you encounter depression. “I moved over the land / having been alive / and yet never knowing it.”
The writers, Laporte among them, are pleased to be published in and by a community of people who know mental health challenges. Many have turned to writing as a way of knowing themselves, and explaining their experiences to others.
“I write to clear my mind, to organize myself. I feel proud to be a part of a group of peers who are getting the message out.”
The book retails for $22.95. You can support your local author and Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12) by purchasing the anthology. It is available to order from the Open Minds Quarterly office at 705-222-6472, ext. 303 or [email protected]