A decade ago I made a commitment to myself and a promise if I could write my deepest, darkest truths, fears, and wildest dreams on the page, I might have a shot at surviving the depths of hell I was living. THE RED BENCH essentially became a one-hundred-plus-page creative exploration, and the purest stream of consciousness, and the most essential tool in my survival kit.
I never force the words or try to rush a story, sometimes waiting ten years.
I’ve decided spring is the perfect season to release THE RED BENCH, and me from my most intimate, mad, uncomfortable truths battling mental illness. Some of the verses fill chapters from THE VAST LANDSCAPE, and GEORGIA PINE so, in a way, we’re going back to move forward. It’s going to be a dark, unedited, unfiltered, wild ride and not for everyone. Buckle up.
I’m self-publishing THE RED BENCH and plan on donating a portion of the proceeds to mental health. The first days of publication (Spring 2019 release) will be free and accessible to everyone.
THE RED BENCH, a fantastical, visceral roman à clef follows Cioffa’s descent into mental illness and bipolar disorder as she struggles to pick up the pieces of her fractured life after a nervous breakdown. Committed to writing for 365 days she finds solace, hope, and strength through a red bench, imagination, the changing seasons and healing power of nature.