Marcia Pelletiere
MTBI  PRESENTATION DETAILS
An Artist's Journey of Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
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Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, singer/composer, interdisciplinary artist, and presenter/teacher. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and is a founding member of award-winning a cappella group The Accidentals. Her current creative work and accompanying presentation are based on her own experience with an MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury). "A Crown of Hornets," Marcia's poetry book about her brain injury, is forthcoming from Four Way Books (Spring, 2019). 
Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, singer/composer, interdisciplinary artist, and presenter/teacher. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and is a founding member of the award-winning a cappella group The Accidentals.

A car and truck accident in 2006 left Marcia with an MTBI. Several years later, she began creating poems, visuals and music to try and express her inner experience of that injury. "A Crown of Hornets," Marcia's poetry book about her brain injury, is forthcoming from Four Way Books (Spring, 2019). Her presentation about her brain injury experience includes the story of her recovery journey, along with her original poems, sound, digital paintings, and video, to offer listeners an immersion into the often-invisible effects of this shattering injury. (Read individual poems and more about the poetry book here).


Marcia is available to share her story with a variety of audiences, from doctors and other helping professionals to families and friends of brain injury survivors, She has presented her talk at Psychiatry Grand Rounds at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC (November, 2017), and for graduating medical students at the Clinician's Ear series at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Virginia School of Medicine (April, 2018).



PRESENTATION FOCUS AND OBJECTIVES:

* Convey the internal experience of one individual with an MTBI.

* Provide examples of her own experience with disruption, dislocation, and sensory impairment.

* Highlight cognitive obstacles that impeded her interactions with medical professionals and others, and discuss strategies for improved communication.

* Discuss strategies that improved communication.

* Use her original poetry, music, and visual imagery to help immerse the audience in her recovery journey from pre-accident through post-accident; offer reflections about how the creative arts and naturally arising imagery might be useful in recovery,

* Discuss possible uses of healing imagery by both patients and medical professionals. 

Marcia's poem "The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). That poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology. Additional poems and related videos about her brain injury have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); DMQ Review; Amygdala; Kaleidoscope; Touch: A Journal of Healing; the South Florida Poetry Journal; 

the Bath Fringe Festival; and 

the Atticus Review.



 



For more information about presentation content or scheduling, visit the Contact Page.

For more information about presentation content or scheduling, visit the Contact Page.

Still from "LIGHTER, DARK" video with Lanny Harrison.
Still from Marcia's video "LIGHTER, DARK" with Lanny Harrison.
Click here or on the picture below to view Marcia's poetry video "Items Piled Waist High." 

This video deals with the aftermath of a brain injury following a car/truck crash. Marcia's recovery stretched out over many years. Items Piled Waist High arose out of her desire to express the weariness of undergoing a long recovery from that largely invisible, little understood, and nearly indescribable injury.