The Struggle is Real: Writing about Mental Health

Discussions around mental health and illnesses might have become marginally less stigmatized than before, but haven’t become any less challenging to navigate. In this panel, we invite four writers who have written thoughtfully about depression, loss, grief, addiction, and childhood trauma—Alessandra Naccarato, Emma Hansen, Addie Tsai, and Rebecca Salazar—to share how they negotiate the complexities of mental health in their poetry, fiction, and memoir writing while honouring their own boundaries. Moderated by Lucia Misch.

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: REH/SAT-4
Venue: Rennie Hall, Emily Carr University
Date: Saturday, March 14, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
This event will feature ASL-ENG interpretation.

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Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere.

Alessandra Naccarato is the recipient of the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. Re-Origin of Species (Book*hug, 2019) is her debut poetry collection.

Emma Hansen is the author of Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood. She is trained as a full spectrum doula and offers education on the realities surrounding loss and grief.

Lucia Misch is a writer and creative facilitator with deep roots in spoken word poetry. Her debut collection, The Problem With Solitaire, was released in 2019.

Rebecca Fisseha‘s fiction and non-fiction explore the Ethiopian diaspora. Born in Addis Ababa, she currently lives in Toronto.