Join us to welcome Katherine Quie Ph.D., L.P. as she reads from her new memoir, Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD, and Chris Martin, who will read from a book of essays that explores the surprising reciprocity between poetry and autism. Katherine is a child psychologist, mother, and the founder of ADHD&U, an organization she recently developed given her passion in supporting children and families impacted by ADHD. Katherine’s reading will be followed by a Q & A session about her book-writing process and her personal and professional experiences with ADHD.
Chris Martin’s fourth book of poetry, Things to Do in Hell, will be published by Coffee House Press in 2020. He is the recipient of grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He is the co-founder and executive director of Unrestricted Interest, an organization dedicated to helping neurodivergent learners transform their lives though writing. He lives in Minneapolis, where he professes at Hamline University and Carleton College, partners with the poet Mary Austin Speaker, and parents two young boys.
In Chris’ journey as a poet and educator he has discovered some questions that orient his practice and understanding. Instead of “fixing” neurodivergent learners, what if we found a way to bring their native gifts into expression? And what if those gifts, inherent to the wild and capacious minds of autistic writers, could provide us with a key to our own humanity?
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