Bookstore Event: Sarah Townsend '90 in conversation with Sara McCrea ’21

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 PM (ET)
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Wesleyan University alumna returns to Middletown! Join essayist and psychotherapist Sarah Townsend '90 as she discusses her memoir Setting the Wire with Sara McCrea ’21. Setting the Wire is an account 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, Townsend’s debut book 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 essays of Sarah Townsend ’90, P’21 have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review, and a coauthored paper with former Wesleyan Professor of Letters, the late Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she majored in the College of Letters. Sarah is also a proud Wesleyan parent; her daughter is a member of the Class of ’21. She writes, teaches, and practices psychotherapy in and around Seattle, WA.

Sara McCrea is a junior at Wesleyan, majoring in the College of Letters. She is a features editor of the Wesleyan Argus, a host of the Wesleyan Argus Podcast, a book critic for University Communications, and a contributing writer to Boulder Weekly, for which she writes about political and environmental art. She was a recipient of the 2019 Olin Fellowship and spent the summer researching the internment of artists in Southern France during World War II. When she is not at Wesleyan, she returns to the mountains of Boulder, Colorado.  


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