Night Sweats of the Spirit: A lived experience anthology is being edited by poets Marie Marchand and Joseph Fasano.
Marie Marchand is Poet Laureate of Ellensburg, WA. Her poetry has been published in Catamaran Literary Reader, California Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Tiny Seed Journal, High Plains Register, and numerous chapbooks. She has two books of poetry: Pink Sunset Luminaries (2018) and Gifts to the Attentive (Winter Goose Publishing, 2022). Her poetry has been recognized by the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, Wyoming Writers, Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, and Eugene V. Shea Contest. She is a graduate of Naropa University and The Iliff School of Theology where she studied psychology, religion, and peacemaking. Marie is a mental health advocate with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and The Stability Network. She has lived experience of bipolar disorder and believes that poetry is a testament to the power of hope over despair.
Joseph Fasano is an American poet, novelist, and songwriter. His novels include The Swallows of Lunetto (Maudlin House, 2022) and The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020), which was named one of the “20 Best Small Press Books of 2020.” His books of poetry include Fugue for Other Hands (2013), Inheritance (2014), Vincent (2015), and The Crossing (2018). His honors include the Cider Press Review Book Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and a nomination for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year.” He teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College, he serves on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books, and he is the Founder of the Poem for You Series. His most recent project is a “living poem” for his son that he is live-tweeting at twitter.com/stars_poem. Fasano shares his own experiences with bipolar disorder, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and alcoholism to help destigmatize mental illnesses and substance use disorders.