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’s debut work 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. 

 

the fish

Click to listen to Sarah's interview with writer/musician Cameron Dezen Hammon.

"Taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

– Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble 

 

"Townsend drops us masterfully into a state of mind almost over the edge but never completely."

– Theo Pauline Nestor, author of Writing Is My Drink 

 

“This memoir has . . . water and earth. Body and mind. Something like ‘a shard’ between.”

– Bhanu Kapil

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Training and Reading

Februrary 12th, 2020

1-4:00pm

NAPS Doulas

Seattle, WA

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Public Reading

Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing

Februrary 16, 2020

Goddard College MFAW

Fort Worden

Building 204, 2nd Floor

200 Battery Way

Port Townsend, WA

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Lighthouse Writers' Conference & Retreat

Februrary 14-17, 2020

Goddard College MFAW

Alumni Association

Port Townsend, WA

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Guest Writer

University of Washington

Certificate in Writing Program

Memoir Writing: Structuring Your Story

 

March 7, 2020

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Teacher

Narrative Intimacy in Literary Nonfiction Workshop

 

March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020

7:10-9:10pm

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Holyoke Reading Series

 

March 12, 2020

7:00-9:00pm

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Panel Member

Orcas Island Lit Fest

April 17-19, 2020

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Teacher

Language as Sound: Narrative as Score Workshop

April 25, 2020

1:00-4:00pm

Hugo House

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