Denise Emanuel Clemen’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Georgetown Review (including an honorable mention for their prize), Two Hawks Quarterly, Literary Mama, The Rattling Wall, Fiction Fix, Knee-Jerk, Chagrin River Review, Delmarva Review, New Plains Review, andServing House Journal. She’s received fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, and was an Auvillar fellow in France in 2009. Her memoir, “Birth Mother,” was published by Shebooks in 2014. Denise blogs at http://leavingdivorceville.
About “My Face in the Darkness”: A mother who secretly relinquished her first child for adoption is struck with postpartum depression after the births of two subsequent children, and her seemingly perfect life unravels. She searches for, and finds, her son just before his 21st birthday, thereby reuniting her family. She tells her story to connect the dots between adoption loss and postpartum depression, and to encourage other mothers like her to come out of the secrecy and darkness to seek help.