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August 28th 2020: I'm So Glad You're Here: Pamela Gay Takes On Family, Trauma, Mental Illness & Finding Joy

I’m So Glad You’re Here is the story of a family disrupted by a father’s mental illness. The memoir opens with a riveting account of Gay, age eighteen, witnessing her father being bound in a straitjacket and carried out of the house on a stretcher. The trauma she experiences escalates when, after her father has had electroshock treatments at a state mental hospital, her parents leave her in a college dorm room and move from Massachusetts to Florida without her. Decades later, when Gay and her three much-older siblings show up for their father’s funeral, she witnesses her sundered family’s

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Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) award in creative nonfiction and an Independent eBook Award for her memoir Homecoming, which combined text, image, and sound. An installation based on this memoir and sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) included artifacts. Gay’s writing has been published in Brevity, Iowa Review, Paterson Literary Review, Midway Journal, Monkeybicycle, Grey Sparrow, Vestal Review, and other literary journals, as well as two anthologies. Gay is a professor emerita at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she taught courses in flash memoir and flash fiction. She lives in Upstate New York. Her m
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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/3933/dropping-in 16/04/2021 08:00 16/04/2021 09:00 Dropping In https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/3933/dropping-in I’m So Glad You’re Here is the story of a family disrupted by a father’s mental illness. The memoir opens with a riveting account of Gay, age eighteen, witnessing her father being bound in a straitjacket and carried out of the house on a stretcher. The trauma she experiences escalates when, after her father has had electroshock treatments at a state mental hospital, her parents leave her in a college dorm room and move from Massachusetts to Florida without her. Decades later, when Gay and her three much-older siblings show up for their father’s funeral, she witnesses her sundered family’s inability to gather together. Eventually, she is diagnosed with PTSD of abandonment and treated with EMDR therapy?and finally begins to heal. I’m So Glad You’re Here is Gay’s exploration of the wounds we carry from growing up in fractured families stay with us, they do not have to control us?a reflective journey that will inspire readers to think about their own relational lives. Drop In with us! VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio studio@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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