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Want to support my writing and buy me a coffee? Any help is appreciated as I work on my second novel! I will also be adding new content to my Kofi account, so keep an eye on the page!

https://ko-fi.com/emilygillespie

Here’s the brief synopsis of my novel in progress!

The main character is Jade, a 24-year-old millennial living in Toronto who is struggling to pay rent and find work while dealing with a dysfunctional family and a sick parent. When Jade starts feeling sick, she is not sure if it is a mental or physical issue and is encouraged by her best friend to seek help. Jade tries to get help from three different Emergency Departments three nights in a row and is dismissed. Her mental health continues to deteriorate, and she attempts suicide on the third day, but still is not taken seriously at the hospital. After her failed suicide attempt, Jade slowly recovers in the community with the help of friends and a psychiatrist. However, she must still contend with difficulties navigating the psychiatric system, societal stigma, and friends giving up on her.

I’m excited to have my voice included in this exciting publication of work by women and non-binary disabled folks! This book is available now on Amazon! Monstering: The Magnum Opus

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Emily’s poetry was featured in the spring 2019 Inkwell anthology, “I Am a Lake.” http://www.inkwellworkshops.com/buy-book

Emily also has a short story featured in the fall 2019 Renaissance Press anthology, “Nothing Without Us.”  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/renaissancebp/nothing-without-us

Emily performed with Intangible Adorations: Experience The Icon at Rendezvous With Madness Festival 2019. Broadway World Article October 2019

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Emily Gillespie is a Toronto-based author, disability activist and professional daydreamer. Her work explores the themes of memory, identity, and mental health journeys. Emily enjoys working in community spaces and examining individual and collective experiences. She views storytelling as a tool for resisting predominant social narratives.

Emily has a BA in English and an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University. Dancing with Ghosts (Leaping Lion Books, 2017) is her first novel. In 2018, she won a contest for her short-story “D is for Despair,” sponsored by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization.  Her poetry was recently featured in the Inkwell Anthology, I Am a Lake. “No Room at the Inn,” a short story adapted from her second novel will be included as part of the Nothing without Us, anthology by Renaissance Press fall 2019. She is currently drafting her second novel, teaching creative writing, and experimenting with zines as well as performance art.