Sharing what I know about writing, art, and anthropology with people of all ages is one of my passions. My 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.  Even my picture book I Am a Bird contributes in this way. In the time of #metoo and global warming, this breaks male gender stereotypes and celebrates out connection to the earth through a father and son’s beautiful day at the beach.   

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

Transmuting Transgenerational Trauma: Comics, Rehumanization, and Kinship Across Genocides

Aliceheimer’s: Comics, Medicine and Healing

Graphic Anthropology

Graphic Medicine and Making Anthropology Public


Where the Needle Passes, the Thread Passes Also

Between Alice and the Eagle: Dementia Journeys across the Globe

Birth Death and Working at the Margins

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