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 Forbes Library, Northampton, MA 01060

Author Reading: Annita Sawyer, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist's Memoir

Date:Thursday, June 6, 2019

Time:3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location:Community Room

Categories:   Adult Events     Author Events     One-Time Events  

9th International Symposium of Ayurveda and Health

The Gray Zone: Longevity and Wellness

September 28-29 2018

Keller Auditorium & ARB EG-013 -  UConn Health, School of Medicine  - Farmington, CT

FRIDAY//September 28,2018

Keller Auditorium Lobby Open registration 9-11 am

9 am-2 pm WALK THE LABYRINTH MEDITATION (Experiential) 

Mary E. Dansinghani, MDiv

Connecticut Mental Health Center Yale University School of Medicine 


Keller Auditorium Chair: Stefan Brocke, MD



Anthony Vella, PhD


Candle Lighting


4:30-5:30 PM CAN YOU SEE ME

Memoir by

Annita P. Sawyer, PhD

Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA 


Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society, Inc.

Speaker Program Meeting: February 10, 2018

 Presenter: Annita P Sawyer, PhD

DATE:        Saturday, February 10, 2018

TIME:        8:15-9:15 am; 9:30 am-12:30 pm; and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. 

LOCATION:    13919 Carrollwood Village Run, Tampa, FL 33618 

CHARGE:    8:15am: $15 member/ $20 non-member; (1 CEU upon request);  

9:30am:  Free to all ($45 non-members if requesting CEUs; CEUs free to members upon request)

1:30pm: $35 charge to members / $45 to non-members; (3 hrs. CE credits upon request).

LUNCH:        12:30-1:30 pm--Boxed lunch will be available by reservation

(8:15am-9:15am) "A Conversation with Dr. Annita Sawyer"

(9:30am-12:30pm) “The Wounded Healer: A Privileged Case Study”

(1:30-4:30 pm) “Tackling Mental Illness Stigma”

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

2017 - April - Seattle University - MAC Psychology, Speaker 

 Spiritual Conclave (SC) 

in collaboration with 

The International Society for Ayurveda & Health

Dr. Annita Perez Sawyer

Author of the Memoir: 

Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 5:30 PM 

Conference Room EG-013, UCONN Health, Farmington

About Dr. Annita Sawyer: Annita Perez Sawyer is the author of the memoir Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass, winner of the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program Nonfiction Grand Prize. A psychologist in practice for over thirty years, she is a member of the clinical faculty at Yale Medical School. Her work appears in two anthologies as well as in a number of professional and literary journals, where her essays have won prizes and twice been included among the Notables in the Best American Essays series. 

Using herself as a case study, Dr. Sawyer speaks to clinical audiences around the country. Her talks, essays and stories illuminate lifetime consequences of childhood trauma, harmful effects of fads in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, the enduring impact of stigma and shame, and the power of human connection to heal. 

To learn more, visit her website at 

Registration is Free, Seating is limited. 

To reserve your seat, please email:

Dr. Sawyer will be happy to sign your book


Unitarian Society of New Haven HOPE’s Nest*
A Book Reading and Conversation with
Annita Perez Sawyer

Sunday, March 19, 2017
4:00—6:00 p.m.
Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden

*Hope’s Nest is a program of the Unitarian Society’s Mental Health Awareness Action Group.


Friday, January 29, 2016 --- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
(203) 562-4045


Washington Post, August 31, 2015 : Memoirist recounts her journey from mental patient to Yale psychologist

NYU Literature Arts & Medicine blog, August 17, 2015 : Rediscovering a history of trauma: An Interview with Dr. Annita Sawyer

YaleNews, August 11, 2015 : Psychologist’s memoir is a tale of misdiagnosis, mistreatment, and healing



768 Boston Post Road

Madison, Ct

Monday, August 10, 2015 --- 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 7, 2015    Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist's Memoir  Celebration Book Party  reading 3:45 pm

June 4, 2015: On A Miniature World with Binnie Klein, Thursday, June 4, a very special in-studio interview at 10:30 AM with Annita P Sawyer, Ph.D. about her new memoir, “Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir – a story about an adolescent who is institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and ultimately healed. Host Binnie Klein will be joined by psychotherapist Susan Nathiel, PhD, LMFT (author of”Daughters of Madness” and “Sons of Madness”) for a candid conversation about the stigma of mental illness and what recovery can be like. WPKN 89.5FM or  archive link

  • MyNDTLK - Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass Aired on Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Interview with Dr. Pamela Brewer

  • Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass, Dr. Annita Sawyer’s memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness from an early age, and her triumph in overcoming it.  In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer is institutionalized, suffering through 89 electroshock treatments based on a misdiagnosis…

VNA Presentation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

VNA Community Healthcare
2319 Whitney Avenue, 4th Floor 
Hamden, CT 0647

Hear the viewpoint from a former mental health patient turned provider. Featuring: Psychologist & author Annita Sawyer, PhD. Program is free of charge.  Call 1.866.474.5230 (VNACHC Helpline) to register (space is limited).

Shoreline Wellness Center 3rd Annual Movie Night

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mentally Healthy Children and Families, guest speaker 

SFWP Launch Party
When: May 9th, 7pm.
Where: Jackie’s Restaurant
8081 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

April 19, 2015

Grub Street Memoir Incubator - Boston, MA

AWP April 9 - 11 2015 - Santa Fe Writers Project table, author book signing 

AWP Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:00 - 2:00 Vermont Studio Center BookFair table,  author book signing, Annita Sawyer 

AWP Friday, April 10, 2015,  SFWP and Ampersand Books will be hosting a meet & greet starring April L. Ford, Charlotte Gullick, Allen Gee, Annita Perez Sawyer, Stephen G Eoannou, and surprise guests from Ampersand, as well as staff members from both organizations. 



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