Activities and Outreach

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Activities and Outreach 2018-11-05T20:23:19+00:00

Stories That Heal is a free monthly event featuring local authors who have written books about their experience–or a loved one’s experience–with mental illness.  Throughout the course of the hour, the featured author reads excerpts from their book, shares details about their life, and takes questions from the audience.  The fall season of Stories That Heal will take place at the East Liberty branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh located at 130 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15206.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Linda K. Schmitmeyer, Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness — 6:00-7:00 p.m.  |  Special Guest:  Steve Schmitmeyer

Featured Author:  Linda K. Schmitmeyer:  Linda’s professional life has taken her from the classroom to the newsroom to a PR office. Semi-retired now, she continues to work as a freelance writer and editor and adjunct university instructor. The career constant–the thread running through it all–is her love for writing. Linda has worked as a writing teacher, beat reporter, features editor, newspaper columnist, essayist, and blogger. She’s written on subjects ranging from the inauguration of a university president to the impact artificial intelligence has on our lives. Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness is her first full-length book. Linda blogs about her experience of raising a family while she and her husband worked through the trials of his mental health diagnosis. Her blog can be found at and her Twitter handle is @LKSchm.

Special Guest:  Steve Schmitmeyer:  Steve began his career as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force. Prior to being diagnosed with a mental illness, he worked for an international engineering society where he developed standards for the aerospace industry. Steve is an avid car enthusiast and collects antique boat motors and garden tractors. He continues to work part time as a metal coater. Steve and Linda live near Mars, Pa. They have three adult children.

*This event has been canceled.*

Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Redemption — 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Featured Author:  Rep. Mike Schlossberg:  Mike Schlossberg has been a writer since he wrote his first short story in eighth grade, a Star Wars fanfiction. While he claims it was terrible, the creative passion followed him into adulthood.

Serving as a State Representative in Pennsylvania, Mike has had the chance to make a difference. The problem closest to his heart is mental health, where he strives to break the stigma surrounding those who suffer from mental illnesses and give them hope. For Mike, this issue is personal, as he has been treated for depression and anxiety related disorders since he was 18. It was this desire to help which drove him to write Redemption, his first novel, but not his first book. That honor goes to Tweets and Consequences, an anthology about the varied ways elected officials have destroyed their careers via social media.

All of You! — 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Featured Author: All of You: In November, we’re trying something new with Stories That Heal.  Instead of featuring one author throughout the course of the hour, we’re showcasing a number of local storytellers who have written about their experience or a loved one’s experience with mental illness.

Featured works include poems, a book excerpt, a personal account, and a creative writing piece.  A discussion with the writers and the audience will follow. And before we say goodnight, writers and those in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in a special outreach activity. The event is free, but registration is appreciated.

Stories That Heal is a free event, but registration is appreciated.


If you would like to be put on our mailing list to receive updates on the Stories That Heal author series, email Joel Richard at

The inaugural Stories That Heal series took place during the spring and summer of 2018 at the City of Asylum bookstore on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  Authors included Jordan Corcoran (Listen, Lucy; Write It Out), K. Rose Quayle (Look Left, Walk Green), Lindsey Smith (Eat Your Feelings), and Abeer Hoque (Olive Witch: A Memoir).