Inside Our Minds: Anonymous Open Mic, Featuring Writing Away The Stigma

Anonymous Open Mic, Featuring Writing Away The Stigma

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper.  It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” ~Maya Angelou




This special Anonymous Open Mic held at Millvale Community Library on June 28, 2018 features readings by teens from Creative Nonfiction’s Writing Away The Stigma program, as well as named and anonymous stories by Pittsburghers affected by mental illness.

Anonymous Open Mic is a storytelling project working to build a community narrative around mental illness in Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers affected by mental illness can submit a short story, poem, or spoken word piece anonymously online. Community members can then volunteer to perform the anonymous works in front of a live audience.

Inside Our Minds is an organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness in Pittsburgh.  Inside Our Minds is fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising.  Creative Nonfiction’s Writing Away The Stigma program is an opportunity for project fellows to write about how mental illness has affected their lives and then combat the shame and stigma surrounding mental illness. The project is made possible by the Grable Foundation.  Sign Language Interpreting Professionals provided ASL interpretation during the event.


Live sound and recording provided by The Social Voice Project, Inc., an innovative public interest media company specializing in working with grassroots nonprofits and community oriented organizations.


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