WALKS ON THE MARGINS: A STORY OF BIPOLAR ILLNESS
Kathy Brandt is a published author who taught writing at the University of Colorado for ten years. After her son, Max, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she became active in mental health issues. She was on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs (NAMI-CS) for six years, and served as President. In 2012 she received the NAMI National Award for her outstanding service to the organization. She is currently the NAMI-CS liaison to the Mental Health Court in Colorado Springs. Kathy has published four novels with the Penguin Group. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric. She lives in the mountains of Colorado.
Max Maddox has a BA in philosophy from Grinnell College and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where he was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Award and received the Fellowship Trust Award. He has exhibited his work in galleries including The Slought Foundation, The Print Center of Philadelphia, and the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum. He was the preparator, photographer, and curator at the Sun King Gallery and Pyramid Museum in Philadelphia and also assistant to artist and curator Richard Torchia, Director of Arcadia University Gallery. He now lives in Colorado where he teaches and continues to pursue his career in art.
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Swimming with the Dead
Hannah Sampson is a cop, an expert scuba diver, and leader of the Denver Underwater CSI team. When a scientist is found dead under 70 feet of tropical ocean, Sampson is summoned to the sun-drenched beaches of the British Virgin Islands to investigate. She is fully prepared to face unknowable dangers beneath the crystal-clear waters of an idyllic paradise and to seek justice.
Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness
2014 KINDLE BOOK AWARD Semifinal.
Mother & son weave two narratives into a single compelling story of what it means to suffer from mental illness. Max takes us under the seas of psychosis as Kathy narrates her struggle to decode her son’s disease in a world beset by institutional failure. A fiercely candid story about the emotional turmoil and confusion of those who struggle with bipolar disorder
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