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Jodi Girouard is a native Vermonter who has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She is a wife, a mother, a writer, and a survivor of mental illness. She has previously published two collections of her poetry: Body Language; a woman’s voice and Faces in the Crowd. A recent essay, “Within the Fields of Possibilities” is included in the 2019 edition of Much Madness. She has won several writing contests and her poetry is featured in the July 2019 edition of Wordgathering.
Living with the Neighbors (2022) is a compelling story about a woman overcoming a barrage of obstacles, finding strength in her poetry. Using that gift of spirit, she reclaims her wellness. It is also a story about a single consciousness invaded by angry, life-threatening, audio-hallucinatory voices that Jodi dubs “the neighbors” in order to divide and protect her mind.