September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Englert Theatre

In a special event at the Englert Theatre, Nonfiction Writing Program graduates Tim Denevi and Jennifer Percy will talk about their books written from the frontlines of mental illness.  

Timothy Denevi will read from his explosive new memoir, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. "At once both memoir and social history, Hyper chronicles what it was like to grow up as a kind of guinea pig for the treatment of ADHD in the 1980's . . . Timothy Denevi has written a fascinating and sometimes disturbing account, never self-pitying but consistently illuminating and riveting." — Robin Hemley

Denevi has been awarded fellowships including one by The MacDowell Colony he is currently the Nonfiction Visiting Writer in the MFA program at George Mason University. 

Iowa Nonfiction Program and Iowa Writers'  Workshop graduate Jen Percy will read from and talk about her haunting and immersive debut, Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism. The book explores PTSD and its attempted treatments, focusing on an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who seeks relief from his suffering from a religious community that performs exorcisms.  Winner of a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Republic, and The Oxford American. She teaches writing at New York University. 

This event is part of the Intimate Series at the Englert, presented with the artists and audience onstage together, and is free and open to the public.