Book Launch: Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia

Join us on Thursday, March 9th at 6:15 for a special event featuring Dawn Brockett, author of Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia, as well as Nancy Coleman, author of Wide Open Writing: Embrace Your Creative Genius, for a book launch and conversation that we're truly excited about.

In Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia, Dawn Brockett challenges the pervasive belief that anorexia is compelled by a desire to control. Given the limited progress medicine has made in treating anorexia—the deadliest of all mental health disorders—she issues a call to action to change the way anorexia and anorectics are viewed and treated through the lens of her own successful battle against the disease. 

Dawn was published in 2021 alongside many women’s powerful stories in What Doesn’t Kill Her: Women’s Stories of Resilience

Dawn is a classically trained chef, college professor, advisor to clinical trials in anorexia, and managing director of a medical society. She is a master yoga instructor and has an honors degree in Philosophy from Westminster College, a graduate certificate in French Language and Literature from the Université de Paris—Sorbonne, an advanced graduate certificate in French Literature and Poetry from L’Institut de Touraine, and a graduate certificate in Negotiation & Peace Studies and Master of Public Policy & Administration degree from Boise State University.  

She lives in the Mountain West on a small but demanding farm with her outrageously talented wife, their remarkably smart and hilarious puppy, and a small flock of loud but prolific chickens. Mountains of exceptional height, chocolate of profound depth and conversations of extraordinary length reliably lure her from her writing mat.

Nancy Coleman, PhD, is a writer of songs, poetry, essays, creative nonfiction, and two full-length fiction manuscripts in consideration for publication. Her work has been published in The Sun, Minerva Rising, and in the compilation, Maine Voices.

Nancy has been a practicing psychologist for more than thirty years, earning her PhD from Columbia University. She's studied mindfulness, body-mind integrative practices, writing as therapy, yoga and EMDR. She’s fascinated by how new discoveries in the science of psychology weave together with ancient Eastern wisdom to inform our journeys to full-blown creativity and health.

Nancy has two grown children. Along with her partner Dulcie, she lives by a river in Maine, in a garden in Florida, in a camper traveling the country, and at every writing retreat offered by WOW.

Along with Dulcie Witman and Regina Tingle, she is a co-founder of Wide Open Writing, a world-wide creative community, and she is the scribe for this book.

Wide Open Writing is a Maine-based writing organization with enthusiastic followers in the state as well as from many corners of the planet. The award-winning book, Wide Open Writing: Embrace Your Creative Genius, is a pandemic product, offering inspiration and skill-building for writers who may not have the resources or the time to go on a retreat to Italy or Mexico or even to one of our lighthouse retreats in Maine.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 6:15pm
Event address: 
Longfellow Books
1 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04105
Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia By Dawn Brockett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781955577120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now: Please call ahead to be sure inventory is not being held for other customers.
Published: Ranch Studios - March 7th, 2023

Wide Open Writing: Embrace Your Creative Genius By Nancy Coleman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950811083
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Published: Minerva Rising Press - May 23rd, 2021