Haunted by Blue was published in October 2014 by Edmonton publishers The Rasp and the Wine. Haunted by Blue maps what follows you and what fades.
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Amy is a seasoned speaker on the topics of mental health, support, wellness, and recovery. Her speaking history includes talks at the Edmonton Police Service and the University of Alberta.
Amy Willans is a writer and speaker from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Praise for Haunted by Blue:
Haunted by Blue is a collection of poems that brilliantly compels the reader through its circular design. Willans casts her narrative between the opening poem of a writer digging for “the sore bruise ... that can never be erased” and a closing that returns to how the act of writing may also offer hope. The arc in between follows a girl assailed with themes of adult abandonment: mother, father, god, teachers, lovers and eventually the self.
What is remarkable is that Willans’ language grounds her tale inversely with everyday objects. The child is “haunted” by boot buckles and thoughts of cigarettes, gin, and keys left behind by a man “dangling from a bridge.” When the girl emerges into an adult learning to embrace the world as it is, the story is underwritten with such childhood things as filling a jar with marbles, doll houses, lego, a path of “bread crumbs” and “the blue of the sky.”Cathy Hodgson, author of Riddle of Stone
Published October 2014 by The Rasp and the Wine in Edmonton.
The first time I heard Amy share her story, I was moved to tears. I have now had the great pleasure of hearing Amy speak multiple times, each time reaching me in new ways. Amy is an embodiment of the spirit of hope. Her words captivate, and tell a story that will profoundly move you.Jillian Jones, writer
Watching Amy Willans hold an audience in her grip with her life stories and poetry is as illuminating and entertaining as any theatrical event. She is not to be missed.Mel Ryane, author of Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me that Hollywood Couldn't
I’m so appreciative for you coming and sharing your story. I have so much more understanding and much more acceptance. Thank-you so much! I learned that there is always hope.Grade 12 student
I felt I got a glimpse of what it might be like to live with a mental illness. It helped me realize that people with mental illness deserve love and support. It was fantastic!Paramedic student
Through her poetry, Amy captures her struggles in a way that we can all relate to. Her words are inspirational and her vulnerability is sincere. Having the chance to hear her speak was a powerful experience that I won’t soon forget.Shawn Jones, musician