Annita Perez Sawyer - Author, Psychologist

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. –Marianne Williamson

Awards and Prizes

2015 Best American Essays, Notable Listing - Southern Humanities Review, "Good Humor"

2014 Wesleyan Writers Conference, Joan Jakobson Fellow

2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Nonfiction Grand Prize, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass

    Lee Gutkind, Judge

2013 Best American Essays, Notable listing - Bellevue Literary Review, “The Crazy One”

2012 Literal Latte Essay Award, first prize, “The Other Chair”

2012 Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Bernard O’Keefe Scholar, nonfiction

2012 Bellevue Literary Review Burns Archive Nonfiction Prize, “The Crazy One”

            Susan Orlean, Judge

2008 Yale Faculty Award: Outstanding Supervisor, pre-doctoral fellows, Psychology



Show me all your scars, Lee Gutkind, ed, 2016, InFact Books

Same Time Next Week Lee Gutkind, ed, 2015, InFact Books

Celebrate the Wounded Healer; Beware the Wounded Healer,  Sharon Farber, ed, 2017, Routeledge


Residencies/Artist Colonies

Vermont Studio Center - 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts - 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019

The Millay Colony - 2013

The MacDowell Colony - 2012

Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences - 2011, 2016

Ragdale- 2010, 2015


Professional Presentations

2018 - 9th International Ayurveda and Health Symposium, Speaker

2018 - Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society

2017 - October - Seattle University, Lived Experience Series, Speaker

2017 - April -  Seattle University,  MAC clinical psychology graduate program, Speaker

2017 - International Ayurveda and Health Spiritual Conclave, UConn, Speaker

2015 - Albertus Magnus College, Creative Writing Program, Guest Speaker

2015 - Mercy College, Masters in Mental Health Counseling reception, Guest Speaker

2015 - Milford Public Schools, Professional Development Presentation

2013 - Psychiatry Grand Rounds, RUMI Staten Island, NY, Speaker

2013 - The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Annual Meeting, Keynote Speaker

2013   Healing the Generations Conference, workshop

2013   9th Annual Yale - NEA BPD Conference, Speaker    link to online video

2012   Yale Resident Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Speaker

2009   CT Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Panel, “Conversing with Uncertainty”