Off Belay--Coming Soon!

Watch for updates for Off Belay: One Last Great Adventure by Jamie Shumway. Over the last ten months of Jamie's life, I helped him craft his memoir. Jamie approached his ALS with courage and made writing this book his work during his illness. While I miss him dearly, I am so glad that his stories will soon be available to us all.

To preview, go to www.jamieshumway.com

To find out more about my work in narrative medicine, you can click the link on the homepage. 


Happy 4th of July

This year, I was able to spend some quality cook out time with great friends. Here's to you getting to be with the people you want to celebrate this summer. 


New Nonfiction at South 85 Journal

I'm happy to share my piece, "Cover Girl" which appears in South 85 Journal (associated with the MFA program at Converse College). It's the first selection to be published of a new nonfiction project, Forgive Me If It Goes Astray. 

Hope you enjoy!



WV Public Radio Story on the Expressive Writing with Patients with Cancer

This week West Virginia Public Radio aired a story by Kara Lofton about the Expressive Writing Project we're doing with patients with cancer.  

It featured Lacie Lee Wallace, who not only shared her story with us, but also is a multimedia artist. Lacie's art will be exhibited later this year at the Health Science Center Libraries as part of WVU's Art in the Libraries. The exhibit will run from Oct 11, 2017-Feb 28, 2018. 

Equal parts creative and courageous, I hope you will listen or read Lacie's story, and come view her art. I feel privileged to have been able to work with this wonderful West Virginian. I hope you find inspiration in both her words and her art.


Thanks Black Bear Reading Series and 123 Pleasant St.

Last night I read as part of the Black Bear Reading Series at 123 Pleasant St. Thanks to Howard Parsons and crew for hosting a fun evening of literary entertainment. 

I read from a work in progress, Forgive Me If This Goes Astray, a work of creative nonfiction. And, I got to wear one of my favorite sparkly bird broaches. 

Thanks to Natalie for snapping photos, and to Thomas and Mila, who gave great readings. Mila is part of the crew who created Dr Doctor and has a novel available at Split Lip Press. Check them out.

The Black Bear reading series is taking a summer vacation, but will return as the new semester starts up.