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:

Guest Speaker

November 5th, 2019

St. Martin's University

Lacey, 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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Training and Reading

Februrary 12th, 2020

1-4:00pm

NAPS Doulas

Seattle, WA

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Launch of Holyoke

Reading Series

November 6th, 2019

5 - 7:30pm

Seattle, WA

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Postpartum Psychosis:

An Evening Clinical Discussion & Reading

November 13th, 2019

6:30-8:30pm

Simkin Center at Bastyr Univerisity

Seattle, WA

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When Motherhood Means Madness

Readings & Education on Postpartum Psychosis

November 17th, 2019

2-4:00pm

Rose City Book Pub

Portland, OR

Baby Blues Connection

Give! Guide Donation $10

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