Melody Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her books include the critically acclaimed memoir Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, 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. She has also contributed to various anthologies, including Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South. Her next book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life (Penguin Random House/TarcherPerigee), will be released on March 3, 2020—and available for pre-order beforehand.
Moezzi's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, HuffPost, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, 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 Ms. and bpHope, and a featured bp Magazine columnist. Moezzi is also a United Nations Global Expert and an Opinion Leader for the British Council's Our Shared Future initiative. She has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, HLN, PBS, CSPAN, PRI, 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 and beyond.
She has worked as a Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, an Executive Director of the non-profit interfaith organization 100 People of Faith, and a corporate and non-profit consultant and attorney. She has also worked as an investigator 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. Other former occupations include waitress, cigar store clerk, fudge confectioner, gift shop attendant, jewelry store clerk, barista and estate lawyer.
In addition to writing and teaching full-time, Moezzi is also an experienced keynote speaker on a wide variety of issues—most notably mental health, wellness, inclusion, writing, and activism, especially surrounding Islamophobia, Iranian-American relations, and disability rights. Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA), the Emory University School of Law (JD), and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (MPH). She divides her time between Boston, San Diego and Wilmington, NC with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin.