february, 2020

16feb7:00 pm9:00 pmMemoirist Sarah Townsend to Speak at Goddard CollegeGoddard College7:00 pm - 9:00 pm FORT WORDEN, 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Event Organized By: Goddard College

Event Details

Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Sunday, February 16, 2020.  She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.

About Goddard College

The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.  Goddard College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a number of disciplines.

Founded in 1976, Goddard’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program was the first of its kind in the nation. The program offers residencies at campuses in Plainfield, Vermont, and Port Townsend, Washington. It is a 48-credit, student-centered program ideal for students with family, work, or personal obligations who choose to hone their writing skills while maintaining their other commitments.

The program regularly hosts luminaries from the theater and film industries, as well as the publishing trade, as part of its Visiting Writers, Alumni, and Professional Series.

For more information, visit: https://www.goddard.edu/academics/master-fine-arts-creative-writing-2/


Claudia Zysk
(360) 344-4100 / claudia.zysk@goddard.edu


(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368