Parts Unbound

Narratives of Mental Illness & Health

Edited by Ginny Levy & Matthew Bohn / 2015

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As many as one in four people suffer from a psychological disorder, but they don't have to face it alone. Let's give voice to the quieted, hidden parts of our selves in order to promote awareness of mental health issues and put an end to stigma.

In this debut print publication from Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective, eighteen authors share their truths, fears, and triumphs of living and coping with mental illness. With perspectives ranging from patients to parents, children, doctors, and friends, Parts Unbound offers a dynamic addition to the conversation we must have about mental healthcare in order to make progress and heal.


Randye Kaye / Introduction

Editor’s Note / Ginny Levy

Jenga / Emily Glossner Johnson

Flash in the Pan / Ben Twombly

Tell Me About Yourself / Dana Shavin

Split Minds / Amy Tudor

Psych Ward, 1973 / Larry Schreiber

Waiting for Better / Holly Layman

Bipolar Princess / Nicole Yori

Hi, Daphne, it’s the Other Daphne / Daphne Williams

The Cycle of Invisible Sickness / Cassie Rodenberg

Catsup? Ketchup? / Julie Copenhaver

Do No Harm / Sheryl St. Germain

Crazy Jer / Lauren Chase

No One Will Hurt You Here / Catherine Klatzker

Death of a Thousand Cuts / Chauna Craig

Running Toward Balance / Amy Nolan

In a Dark Wood / Jerry Harp

Choosing to Live / Jennifer Robinson

A Conversation on Mental Illness with H.D. Thoreau / Inez Holger

Kind Words

"Parts Unbound invites the reader into struggles with mental illness, but also, importantly, into the complex individual stories in our neuro-diverse world. These eighteen vital essays evoke empathy with their stunning vulnerability, analysis, and gripping narratives."
-Sonya Huber, Author, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir

"Parts Unbound dramatically and honestly captures the challenges of people fighting and coping with mental illness. It's a collection of enlightening true stories that will encourage others to share their pain and their struggles to live productive and satisfying lives."
-Lee Gutkind, Author, Stuck in Time: The Tragedy of Childhood Mental Illness, Editor, Creative Nonfiction


Parts Unbound
226 pages - paperback
Edited by Ginny Levy, Matthew Bohn
Lime Hawk Books, 2015
Cover art by Angie Reed Garner