Sharing what I know about writing, art, and anthropology with people of all ages is one of my passions. My two books, Like Water on Stone, a verse novel about the Armenian Genocide, and Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir about life with my mother before and during dementia, provide entry into a broad range of social justice issues. From genocide prevention, to exploring human made boundaries and divisions, to reframing dementia as a diversity issue, and to finding light and humor in an incurable degenerative disease, I believe in the power of stories to heal. I can visit with you by speaking at your event, at your school, or by providing workshops as part of a conference or more extended program. I offer hands-on interactive sessions, book talks, as well as readings and more formal presentations tailored to your audience. Health topics can be tailored to meet professional development requirements for a variety of health practitioners.   For book groups that have chosen to read one of my titles, I also offer a 20-30 minute Skype visit or chat.

Recent Talks & Workshops

Comics, Medicine, and Memory, Lost and Found

Social Justice, Human Rights, and the Stages of Genocide

Fact, Fiction, and History: Like Water on Stone

End Run Art to End Genocide, Racism, and Structural Violence

Narrative Medicine: Writing Stories that Heal, Writing Stories to Heal

Graphic Narratives, Drawn into Story

Scribbling Softly to Shout the Story Out

Border Crossings and Breaking the Rules to Shut Down That Inner Critic

24 Hour Comics to Midwife Peace

White Space and Tough Topics: Harnessing the Power of the Verse Novel