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 www.smokingcigaretteseatingglass.com 

Registration is Free, Seating is limited. 

To reserve your seat, please email: aguha1@att.net

Dr. Sawyer will be happy to sign your book

Directions to University of Connecticut Health Center

From Greater Hartford: Route 84 to Exit 39. Turn right onto Route 4-East (Farmington Avenue). Drive about 1-1/2 miles 

For Conference Room EG013: Turn right into U Conn Health. At the rotary go ahead veering off to right, At the stop sign turn to left into academic entrance, Use Parking lot AB at your right. Unrestricted parking after 5 PM, on Saturday and Sunday —park at the end of the lot, take the stairs, one of us will open the door at 5 PM (cell: 860-836-3966 or 860-324-3691). 

Alternatively, or after 5:15 PM, enter through academic entrance, turn right, follow the hallway, passed public safety and police. Enter the EG foyer, elevator on your left over looking glass doors and Conf. room EG 013 on your right 

About the conclave: Mission: SC, in collaboration with The International Society for Ayurveda and Health, provides a platform for discussions on global issues, various aspects of mind, matter & consciousness, spirituality, preservation of nature, natural phenomenon’s, health, healing and wellness incorporating science, philosophy, humanity and research and cultural aspects. Attending members suggest topic for discussions and book of choice. Open to public


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  www.wpkn.org  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. 



I'll add events as they become available. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a reading, discussion, or presentation.