Nancy Johnston and Cynthis Atkins Present "Writing and Mental Health"
Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Back room of the Lexington Coffee Shop
“Writing and Mental Health: Writing as a Medium and as a Tool” is the topic of an event in the back room of the Lexington Coffee Shop on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 1pm. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, writers Cynthia Atkins and Nancy Johnston will be reading from their works and talking about mental health as it relates to their poetry and non-fiction books. Writing can be used to express and process feelings and experiences, and it can be used to impart information about mental health. These authors will share both types of creative works.
Cynthia Atkins is a poet, teacher and author of two books of poetry, Psyche’s Weathers and In The Event of full Disclosure dealing often with the nuances of mental health on self, family and society. She has taught courses on the subject, “Mean Mad Genes” investigating whether poets and artists are more prone to bi-polar disorders and how art and writing can be used as a healing tool. Cynthia will be discussing and reading from works that deal with—Anorexia, gun violence, anxiety, familial dysfunction, and also how the influx of social media has played on the psyche and a person’s sense of self-worth. Atkins believes that the taboos need to be deflected and hopes that conversations like these can be informative and useful contributions to a better understanding of these complex conditions.
Nancy Johnston is a licensed mental health therapist in private practice in Lexington. Having practiced for 41 years, Nancy has written three books which reflect her professional work in both mental health and addictions: Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else, My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency, and Your Health Self: Skills for Working with Codependent Behaviors. Nancy will also be reading haiku written as part of her healing processes as well as blogs in her new series Input (restorative).
Coming up Sunday, June 3: Barbara Lachman will read from excerpts from Journals for the life of Hildegard von Bingen (published by Crown and Shambhala, respectively), and a smattering of poetry.