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Melody Moezzi [CANCELED]


The Rumi Prescription:
How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life

in conversation with NADIA MADDEN

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April 3, 2020
7:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


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Harvard Book Store and Muslims for Progressive Values welcome writer and activist MELODY MOEZZI—author of the memoir Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life—for a discussion of her latest book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life. She will be joined in conversation by NADIA MADDEN, board member and community organizer for the Boston chapter of Muslims for Progressive Values.

About The Rumi Prescription

Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. In The Rumi Prescription, we follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself—to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock. With the help of her father, who is a lifelong fan of Rumi's poetry, she immerses herself in this rich body of work, and discovers a 13th-century prescription for modern life.

Addressing isolation, distraction, depression, fear, and other everyday challenges we face, the book offers a roadmap for living with intention and ease, and embracing love at every turn—despite our deeply divided and chaotic times. Most of all, it presents a vivid reminder that we already have the answers we seek, if we can just slow down to honor them.

Praise for The Rumi Prescription

The Rumi Prescription is a testament to the healing power of art and its ability to bring peace to our battered souls. Sometimes the cure we need is not a pill, but a poem.” —Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times–bestselling author of Funny in Farsi

“As a lover of beautiful sentences and a secret self-help addict, I gobbled up this groundbreaking book, relishing the language, the wisdom, and the vivid and moving portrait of a father and daughter. Whether you read it for its fine translations of Rumi, its engrossing story, or as a practical guide for self-care, please give yourself the gift of reading The Rumi Prescription.”—David Gessner, New York Times–bestselling author of All the Wild That Remains and The Tarball Chronicles

“A stunning memoir. Melody Moezzi merges medieval poetry with modern drama, exploring love, politics, and mental health. Original translations of Rumi’s poems are interspersed with ruminations on fatherhood, feminism, and self-care, offering insights that will change your life. I wish I could prescribe this memoir.”—Dr. Seema Yasmin, MD, author of Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure

Melody Moezzi
Melody Moezzi

Melody Moezzi

Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim author, attorney, activist, and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims. She is a United Nations Global Expert and an Opinion Leader for the British Council’s "Our Shared Future" initiative, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and myriad other outlets. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Emory University's School of Law and School of Public Health, Moezzi lives between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin.

Nadia Madden
Nadia Madden

Nadia Madden

Nadia Madden is a board member and community organizer for the Boston chapter of Muslims for Progressive Values. She works as a consultant for the national Muslims for Progressive Values, assisting with development and strategic tracking. Her activism focuses on women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, freedom of belief, and interfaith solidarity. In pursuit of these goals, she also organizes the official book club for the Feminist Islamic Troublemakers of North America, serves as vice-chair on the Groton Interfaith Council, and is active with local chapters of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, an interfaith solidarity group for Muslim and Jewish women.

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