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Book Launch: Alysia Sawchyn, A Fish Growing Lungs

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Book Launch: Alysia Sawchyn, A Fish Growing Lungs

English Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

 

A fish without lungs book cover

Alysia Sawchyn will be in conversation with Ira Sukrungruang (Kenyon College) about A Fish Growing Lungs, Sawchyn's book of essays published by Burrow Press in June 2020.

Contact Karen Nelson for the Zoom link: knelson@umd.edu

From the Publisher:

At age 18 Alysia Sawchyn was diagnosed with bipolar I. Seven years later she learned she had been misdiagnosed. A Fish Growing Lungs takes the form of linked essays that reflect on Sawchyn’s diagnosis and its unraveling, the process of withdrawal and recovery, and the search for identity as she emerges from a difficult past into a cautiously hopeful present.

Sawchyn captures the precariousness of life under the watchful eye of doctors, friends, and family, in which saying or doing the wrong thing could lead to involuntary confinement. This scrutiny is compounded by the stigmas of mental illness and the societal expectations placed on the bodies of women and women of color. And yet, amid juggling medications, doubting her diagnosis, and struggling with addiction and cutting, there is also joy, friendship, love, and Slayer concerts.

 

Add to Calendar 09/23/20 12:00 PM 09/23/20 1:00 PM America/New_York Book Launch: Alysia Sawchyn, A Fish Growing Lungs

 

A fish without lungs book cover

Alysia Sawchyn will be in conversation with Ira Sukrungruang (Kenyon College) about A Fish Growing Lungs, Sawchyn's book of essays published by Burrow Press in June 2020.

Contact Karen Nelson for the Zoom link: knelson@umd.edu

From the Publisher:

At age 18 Alysia Sawchyn was diagnosed with bipolar I. Seven years later she learned she had been misdiagnosed. A Fish Growing Lungs takes the form of linked essays that reflect on Sawchyn’s diagnosis and its unraveling, the process of withdrawal and recovery, and the search for identity as she emerges from a difficult past into a cautiously hopeful present.

Sawchyn captures the precariousness of life under the watchful eye of doctors, friends, and family, in which saying or doing the wrong thing could lead to involuntary confinement. This scrutiny is compounded by the stigmas of mental illness and the societal expectations placed on the bodies of women and women of color. And yet, amid juggling medications, doubting her diagnosis, and struggling with addiction and cutting, there is also joy, friendship, love, and Slayer concerts.

 

Cost

Free