R179. CANCELLED: Give It a Name: Mental Health and the Writing Life

Status: Not Accepted

Room 006C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The writing life is one of solitude and struggle, and for some writers who deal with mental illness it can seem insurmountable. Panelists will discuss how identifying and naming their mental health concerns informs their work and opens avenues to successfully navigating the challenging paths towards publication and participating in literary culture. From cultivating a consistent writing practice through marketing and publicity, panelists will share their experiences with coping while working.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Give_It_a_Name_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Give_It_a_Name_Outline_FINAL.pdf



Paul Pedroza is the author of the story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Rattle and MAKE: A Chicago Magazine. Currently, he is completing his first novel.

Bruce Owens Grimm is a queer nonfiction writer who examines how fatness, mental health, family, and/or the supernatural can impact life. He has attended residencies and workshops at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center, and VCCA. He holds an MFA in creative writing.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir and three poetry chapbooks. She is an assistant professor at Bridgewater State University.

Katie Darby Mullins is a professor of creative writing at the University of Evansville. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has work in journals like Hawaii Pacific Review, BOAAT, Harpur Palate, and Prime Number, and she was a semifinalist in the Ropewalk Press Chapbook competition.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center