Annita Sawyer

Annita Sawyer

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Annita Sawyer has been a psychologist in full-time practice for over thirty years and is a member of the clinical faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. She has been awarded scholarships to the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference and attended Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Phillip Lopate’s workshop at Skidmore several times. She was a Bread Loaf Tuition Scholar in 2012. Other awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, VCCA, Hambidge, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony this fall. Her work has appeared in The Healing Muse, The MacGuffin, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, The Common, Persimmon Tree and others. Last year she won the Bellevue Literary Review Burns Archive nonfiction prize for her essay, "The Crazy One." Annita writes about mental illness, secrets, shame, psychotherapy, and the process of healing. She recently completed a memoir, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass.

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Winter 2013 Issue

The Other Chair

First Prize, 2012 Literal Latte Essay Award.
On G8-East, an inpatient psychiatry unit at the West Haven VA hospital, it was time for team meeting. I scribbled the last of my therapy notes, tucked the pen and notebook under my arm, grabbed my sweater, and slipped a loaded key ring over my wrist….

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