Setting the Wire Book Launch with Sarah Townsend

Celebrate the launch of Sarah Townsend's new book, Setting the Wire, along with co-presenter Claire Dederer on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm.

Setting the Wire is a memoir of postpartum psychosis and a meditation on containment: what we hold and what holds us together. A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah Townsend weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology. Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother.

“Sarah Townsend's Setting the Wire is a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages—while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend's taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble


Author Bio:

Sarah Townsend’s essays have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review. A coauthored paper with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her Master’s in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. She writes, teaches, and practices psychotherapy in and around Seattle, WA. You can learn more about her at SarahCTownsend. com.


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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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