Melody Moezzi, an award-winning author and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is also an activist, attorney, and keynote speaker. Her most recent book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, joins her earlier works: the critically acclaimed Haldol and Hyacinths and War on Error, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention. In addition to her Flight of Ideas column for bp Magazine, Moezzi’s writing has appeared in many outlets, including Ms. magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, the Guardian, HuffPost, Al Arabiya, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN, BBC, NPR, PBS, PRI, and more. Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the Emory University School of Law, and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA, and Wilmington, NC, with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin. For more information, please visit melodymoezzi.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Blogs and Articles

A Rare Win in Court

Melody Moezzi
December 13, 2010

James Hazen, a former contract partner at the law firm of Hill, Betts & Nash, was recently awarded nearly $600,000 after an administrative law judge found that the firm discriminated against him due to his disability: namely, bipolar disorder. The firm alleged that it didn’t fire him on the basis of his mental illness, but...

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Bipolar Anger & Learning How to Tame My Tongue

Melody Moezzi
November 1, 2010

Symptoms of bipolar disorder can include impulsivity and anger, which can often lead to saying something you might regret. After nearly half a century living in New York, my in-laws recently decided to move to North Carolina, just a six-hour drive away from our home in Atlanta. Their move was a relief for my husband,...

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The Upside of a Scattered Brain

Melody Moezzi
August 4, 2010

You may feel like your mind is all over the place, but the mania won’t last forever. Not long ago, I gave a lecture at the University of Southern Mississippi about my attempts to combat growing worldwide Islamophobia, brutal human rights abuses by the current Iranian regime, and global stigma surrounding mental illness. The way...

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