Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her latest book is Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, a critically acclaimed memoir that interweaves her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity. Her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award. Moezzi's articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, Al Arabiya, The South China Morning Post, Hürriyet, The Straits Times, Parabola and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, among many other outlets.
She is a blogger for The Huffington Post, Ms. and bpHope, and a featured bp [bipolar] Magazine columnist. Moezzi is also a United Nations Global Expert and a member of the British Council's Our Shared Future Opinion Leaders Network. She has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, PRI, HLN, Air America and many other radio and television programs, providing commentary on issues ranging from mental health to Iran to feminism to Islam in America.
She has worked as a corporate and non-profit consultant and attorney for various firms and organizations. She has also worked with the US Department of Homeland Security reporting to the US Congressional Commission on International Religious Freedom and as an intern covering health and human rights for The Carter Center.
Moezzi regularly gives lectures on a wide range of issues, including mental health, disability rights, Islam, Iran and feminism--usually not all at once, though admittedly it's happened. 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 with her husband Matthew, and their cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin.
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