Melody Moezzi speaks widely on issues related to mental health and wellness, Islam and Islamophobia, Iran and Iranian-American relations, and much more. She also teaches creative writing workshops, inclusion seminars, and CLEs. As a commentator, Melody has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, HLN, PBS, CSPAN, PRI and many other radio and television programs. In her talks, Melody focuses on mental health, wellness and inclusion for professionals, and audiences will learn about fostering wellness, productivity and inclusion in both their personal and professional lives. For lawyers in states that require mental health or other relevant types of Continuing Legal Education credits, her talks or keynotes may also qualify for CLE credits.
Melody is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention. She has contributed to many anthologies, including Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South. Her next book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life is forthcoming from Tarcher Perigee in 2020.
Melody's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, HuffPost, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, Al Arabiya, The South China Morning Post, Hürriyet, The Straits Times, Parabola and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, among many other outlets.
Melody has worked as a Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as an Executive Director of the non-profit interfaith organization, 100 People of Faith, and as a corporate and non-profit consultant and attorney. She currently divides her time between Boston and North Carolina, where she is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at UNC Wilmington.
Grit & Grace: Multicultural Women’s Mental Health Conference
The NorCal Mental Health Association’s Peer Empowerment Conference
17th Annual Jewish Mental Health Conference
DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) National Conference
DBSA “I-to-We” Tour Headliner
NAMI North Carolina Annual Conference
Muslim Mental Health Conference
Wesleyan University Noah Langholz Memorial Lecture
Skyland Trail Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture
Aspire Health Partners Mental Illness Awareness Luncheon