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Speak Up! 2021
Wednesday, May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Our Mental Health Month keynote event on May 26, Speak Up! is a celebration of the personal story as a catalyst for healing and reducing stigma. We are proud to feature guest speaker Melody Moezzi. Melody is a writer, speaker, activist, commentator, columnist, attorney and award-winning author, and lives with Bipolar Disorder. Her book Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life details her struggles and successes since her diagnosis. Her latest book continues her story of recovery and healing through the mystic poetry of Rumi in The Rumi Prescription.
Join us to hear from Melody as she shares about her recovery and finding her voice as a mental health advocate.
Author, International Speaker
Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim author, activist, attorney, and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her latest book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, earned her a 2021 Wilbur Award and is now available in paperback. She is also the author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award. She is a United Nations Global Expert and an Opinion Leader for the British Council’s “Our Shared Future” initiative. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and myriad other outlets. She has also appeared as a commentator on many radio and television programs, including NPR, CNN, BBC, PBS, and others. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Emory University's School of Law and School of Public Health, Moezzi lives in coastal North Carolina with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin. Follow her on Twitter at @MelodyMoezzi and on Instagram at @Melody.Moezzi.