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“I love margins and edges and always look to cross borders and boundaries.” says Dr. Dana Walrath, who will be speaking on creative writing at UAB on Oct. 28th.
Walrath appears to have quite a unusual mix of talents. Anthropology. Writing. Art. Most recently she published a memoir, “Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass,” — chronically the 3 years she spent with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia.
The memoir has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia, including two TEDx talks.
According to The New York Times; ‘Refusing to accept the dominant narrative of Alzheimer’s disease as a horror story, Dr. Walrath used the techniques of graphic medicine to create “Aliceheimer’s,” an 80-page, 35-picture tribute to her mother’s animated mind. Graphic medicine uses text and graphics to, as she writes in the book’s introduction, “let us better understand those who are hurting, feel their stories, and redraw and renegotiate those social boundaries.
In her other works, Walrath has coauthored one of the leading college textbook series on anthropology. In addition, as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia she wrote “Like Water on Stone” about the Armenian genocide of 1915. “Like Water on Stone” is a Notable Book for a Global Society Award Winner, a Bank Street Best Book of 2015, a Vermont Book Award finalist and more.
According to UAB: Walrath will present a workshop Friday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. and hold a free book reading at 2 p.m. in the UAB Hill Student Center Ballroom A, 1400 University Blvd. More from UAB.