Ellen Forney Author Photo by Jacob Peter Fennell
Photo by Jacob Peter Fennell

Cartoonist Ellen Forney is the author of the New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me, the story of her diagnosis and struggle with bipolar disorder, and Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, a guide to maintaining mental health. She collaborated on the National Book Award-winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and was awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, and Civitella Ranieri.

Ellen curated “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn”, a traveling exhibition about comics and health for the National Library of Medicine, and as part of her visual art practice, her two permanent large-scale murals for Seattle’s Capitol Hill light rail station have become an iconic part of the neighborhood. She grew up in Philadelphia and lives in Seattle, and teaches comics at Cornish College of the Arts. She is excited to be expanding her mental health advocacy work to include practice as a bipolar wellness coach.