BARE BONES is a collection of poetry, prose, and freeform writings by author/illustrator Stacia Joy that peels back the thick skin of expectations, self-preservation, and societal norms in an attempt to honestly communicate what life with depression is like; a glimpse through the stark lens of rediscovering emotional fluency that reveals the juxtaposition of pain and beauty in its rawest form.

The collection is ever growing. Follow or check back often to read more.


The public revealing of these personal pieces is not intended to lay blame on or ridicule the events or persons in Stacia Joy’s life. They are merely intended as a means of education for those not familiar with mental and emotional ill-health, and to help spark honest conversations about the topic. To learn more of Stacia Joy’s reasoning behind unveiling BARE BONES, please read A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR.