That’s me. I’m a gray-haired mama and an ink-stained wretch. I’m also:
A survivor of suicides. A journalist for MadinAmerica.com. A former arts writer at the Albany Times Union. A lover of movies and former critic for the Houston Chronicle.
A player at (not of) the violin. A singer of alto lines. A person of faith who believes that God loves without discriminating, and guess what, neither should we.
A dabbler in plays. And an author of books:
1. Figuring Shit Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival, about my husband, who died in 2011, and me and my kids, who didn’t, and shit, which I deal with, and life, which proceeds with blessings. 2014 Behler Publications.
2. House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts, about my childhood family, who died in 1992-1994. 2004 Lulu Press.
3. Fritz Kreisler: Love’s Sorrow, Love’s Joy, about the Austrian violinist-composer who died in 1962. 1998 Amadeus Press.
While we’re at it, here’s a story I did for “The Moth”: https://themoth.org/stories/the-weight-of-a-ring.
And here’s my TEDx Albany talk on grief following suicide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3FKQNSYoxw.
Go ahead and email me at amybiancolli[at]yahoo[dot]com