Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her latest book, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life (August 2013, Penguin/Avery), is a memoir that interweaves her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity. Publishers Weekly calls it "[a] poetic portrait of life on the lines of sanity and a mind on the edge of cultures," and Kirkus Reviews describes it as "a bold, courageous book by a woman who transforms mental illness into an occasion for activism."
Moezzi is a United Nations Global Expert with the UN Alliance of Civilizations and a member of the British Council's Our Shared Future Opinion Leaders Network. Her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention.
Moezzi is a blogger for The Huffington Post, Ms. and bpHope. She is also a columnist for bp [bipolar] Magazine's print edition. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, NPR, Al Arabiya, Parabola, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, among other outlets. Moezzi has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, HLN, Air America and many other radio and television programs.
She has worked as a corporate and non-profit consultant and attorney. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reporting to the U.S. Congressional Commission on International Religious Freedom. She has also served as a federal congressional intern for former Representative Tony P. Hall and an intern covering health and human rights for The Carter Center.
Moezzi regularly gives lectures and seminars on issues related to mental health and disability rights, Islam, Iran, and women's rights. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Emory University School of Law, as well as the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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