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CoastLine: Melody Moezzi On The Rumi Prescription

Melody Moezzi

Melody Moezzi describes herself first as Iranian-American.  She is then Muslim.  After that, she’s an author, attorney, and activist.  She is also a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  

On this edition of CoastLine, we explore her latest work through the lens of her ethnicity, culture and  career success – which is considerable.  We also learn about her battle with mental illness – which, as we’ll discover – transformed into one of the gifts that led her to explore the mystic poetry of Rumi, a thirteenth-century scholar and theologian from the Middle East.

Melody Moezzi has written for NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor.  But that is hardly an exhaustive list.  She is the author of three books:  War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslimsand Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life

It’s her most recent book, out last month that we’re exploring today:  The Rumi Prescription: How An Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life

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Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.