Melody Moezzi

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Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim author, attorney, activist, and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Kirkus calls her latest book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, “a heartening narrative of family, transformation, and courage” that “could shatter a variety of prejudices and stereotypes.” She is also the author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims. She is a United Nations Global Expert and an Opinion Leader for the British Council’s “Our Shared Future” initiative, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and myriad other outlets. Sh ...more

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Melody Moezzi I think it depends on your circumstances, but personally, it has been absolutely better for me to fight--by which I mean to speak up, be public about …moreI think it depends on your circumstances, but personally, it has been absolutely better for me to fight--by which I mean to speak up, be public about my condition, and thereby take a strong stand against sanism. I know that it's not for everyone. I have certain privileges--a literary career that allows for more neurodivergence, supportive family and friends, meds that work for me, access to regular therapy, access to education and healthcare in general, etc.--that have made it easier for me to speak up than it might be for others. Point being, I think it's worth taking an inventory of where you have privilege and how you can best use it. Hope this answers your question, Jeffery :) (less)
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Ten Things White People Need to Quit Saying



While I've never been especially fond of political correctness for its own sake, I've encountered enough well-meaning white people embarrassing themselves to know that a brief tutorial can't hurt... (Click to keep reading.)

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“Telling someone who is manic that she's manic is like telling a dictator that he's a dick. Neither is going to admit it, and both are willing to torture you to prove their points.”
Melody Moezzi, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life

“Insomuch as the structure of this book parallels that of my own mind, it boasts about as much order and linearity as a hallucination.”
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“I can never tell when a color on one end of the spectrum will begin to bleed into one on the other, when the aims of my classically “goal-directed” manic propensities will direct themselves toward the morbid obsessions of my depressive vulnerabilities. And therein lies my most terrifying neurological deficit: a devil that I know exists, one that I’ve met before and never wish to meet again; one for which my own mind is unavoidably”
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Melody Moezzi Hey Nancy! So great to be connected here and thanks for sharing my pieces on FB! I just started using goodreads, and I LOVE it. Anyway, excited to see what books you'll be recommending :)


Nancy Werking Poling You and I met at the writing conference in Rome, GA. Had visitors from Chicago the past few days who said how much they have appreciated pieces of yours that I've passed on via Facebook. Glad to connect with you here too.


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