The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang has been chosen as the newest winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.  The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize is designed to honor and encourage the art of literary nonfiction and is given to an outstanding manuscript by a writer who is not yet established in the genre.

“Wang’s brilliant essays in The Collected Schizophrenias address the disease from the perspective of one who has first-hand experience. Wang cogently and powerfully breaks open the social, historical, medical, and spiritual aspects of schizophrenia as she tackles everything from Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree and the murder of Malcoum Tate, to how genetics informed her choice to remain childless and her fashion-sense as a “high-functioning” individual, and does it all in poised and effortless prose.”

This reeks of bravery and courage to me.  What an amazing way to bring mental illness to the forefront with honesty and truth.  On Wang’s website, she describes herself as “Writer. Advocate. Delighted by human resilience.”  Bravo.