R243. CANCELLED: Legible Prescriptions: Mental Illness and Writing about Medication

Status: Not Accepted

Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What are our responsibilities in representing medicated voices and personae? How do we address pharmaceutical substances that seem to embody elements of metaphor, plot, character, and theme all at once? The poets and prose writers on this panel all have intimate experience with taking medication for mental illness and integrating it into our work. We’ll discuss the challenges, ambivalences, failures, and humor we’ve encountered in representing the medicated self.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP2020eventoutline2.pdf



Nicky Beer is the author of two books of poems, The Octopus Game and The Diminishing House, both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her awards include an NEA grant and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver.

Erika Sánchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She is the author of Lessons on Expulsion and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. She is a 2017–2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

Shira Erlichman is an author, visual artist, and musician. She recently released her debut poetry book Odes to Lithium and children's book Be/Hold. She's received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Millay Residency, and AIR Serenbe.

Mimi Khúc


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center