So that's what I do: I create short (under 2 hours), impactful performances and talks that leverage my experiences to transform conversations about mental health, neurodivergence, and identity. Some of this work centres around my mental health-themed poetry collection Your Therapist Says It's Magical Thinking, or my award-winning performance text made from parts of my mental health records, Head War. Other performances are just me. (And the ghosts who followed me here this morning.)
I once spoke for a group of my psychiatrist's grad students, which was 12 flavours of awkward. They gave me a potted plant, which promptly died.
I've since spoken to various groups and classes, and taught a poetry workshop for Toronto-based mental health arts organization Workman Arts. I've performed Head War for the Island Fringe Festival, and a spoken word piece about queer coming-of-age, "The Summer of Becoming", for Island Fringe's 2020 Pounding the Pavement event. (There's video evidence of that below.)
Maybe I'll speak for you, too!
I'm a Charlottetown, PEI-based writer/performer living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar I with Psychotic Features, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. It's like we're roommates at a poorly conceived summer camp. I'm also a one-woman Pep Squad for other writers (this includes teaching writing courses) and the author of 2 books and many pieces of loose poetry and prose. You can find me elsewhere at http://sadiemccarney.com .