Annita Perez Sawyer

Annita Perez Sawyer

Annita Perez Sawyer is the author of the memoir Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass, winner of the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program Nonfiction Grand Prize. A psychologist in practice for over thirty years, she is a member of the clinical faculty at Yale Medical School. Her work has appeared in both professional and literary journals, where her essays have won prizes and twice been included among the Notables in the Best American Essays series.

Annita has been a Wesleyan Writers Conference Fellow and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholar, as well as a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, VCCA, and Hambidge Center for the Arts.

Using herself as a case study, Annita speaks to clinical audiences around the country. Her talks, essays and stories illuminate lifetime consequences of childhood trauma, harmful effects of fads in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, the enduring impact of stigma and shame, and the power of human connection to heal.

She lives in Northampton, MA with her husband and their geriatric calico cat. She's a Quaker and a grandmother. To learn more about Annita and her work visit her website at

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