Stories That Heal

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Reading. Sharing. Connecting.  In April, Stories That Heal returns for a third season featuring three local writers who are all sharing very different experiences. The lineup includes a memoir, a book of poems, and a compilation of stories from 35 people from across the world, including some from right here in Pittsburgh.  NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is hosting Stories That Heal in collaboration with City of Asylum.

Events will take place at the City of Asylum Bookstore located at 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

ABOUT Stories That Heal

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, authors read excerpts from their book, share details about their life, and take questions from the audience.

Kristine Irwin

Thursday, April 25

Kristine Irwin

Voices of Hope


Corrine Jasmin

Thursday, May 30

Corrine Jasmin



Kristie Knights

Thursday, June 27

Kristie Knights

Unsung Heroes


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


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“Reading articles about mental illness is one thing, hearing such powerful first hand stories by such talented writers allows a much more human way to connect and build understanding and support.”

--Susan N.

Thursday, April 25
Kristine Irwin — Voices of Hope

Kristine Irwin survived rape as a freshman in college. In her book, Voices of Hope, Kristine details the pain that she – and her family and friends – endured, how they traveled the road to recovery together, and the trauma that will always be a part of her.  

Thursday, May 30
Corrine Jasmin — Tread

Corrine Jasmin is a writer, artist, and filmmaker currently living in Pittsburgh. Her first book, Tread, includes 49 poems that give readers insight into Corrine’s life over the past three years. The poems are an honest behind-the-scenes look at how she navigated life while experiencing mental health issues.

Kristie Knights is a psychotherapist, podcaster, and founder of IRise Leadership Institute, a nonprofit that works to eradicate suicide one life at a time. In the book, Unsung Heroes: Deconstructing Suicide Through Stories of Triumph, Kristie compiles stories from 35 writers from five countries. While each story differs in details, they all give readers raw insight at their experience with suicide, both thoughts and attempts.

ABOUT City of Asylum

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. It provides sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. City of Asylum offers a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange.

Prior Authors

Season Two

September 2018:  Linda K. Schmitmeyer with Steve Schmitmeyer (Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness)

November 2018: Writers Night featuring Tova Feinman, Cheryl Lynn, Susan Novak, K. Rose Quayle, and Fred Terling

Season One

July 2018: Abeer Hoque (Olive Witch: A Memoir)

June 2018: Lindsey Smith (Eat Your Feelings)

May 2018: K. Rose Quayle (Look Left, Walk Green)

April 2018: Jordan Corcoran (Listen, Lucy; Write It Out)