Meg’s poem “The Meaning of Life” was recently published in the summer 2016 issue of Anchor Magazine. This is a beautiful publication “where spirituality and social justice meet” launched by Still Harbor.
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Meg’s story “I Did Not Lose My Mind” is featured in the May issue of Shambhala Sun Magazine. We are thrilled to celebrate this first international publication.
“It took an illness of the brain for MEG HUTCHINSON to discover the inherent sanity of her own mind. Her breakdown was actually a breakthrough.
I was twenty-eight years old when my life fell apart. I had been quietly struggling with depression since I was nineteen, but increasingly the lows were followed by periods of ecstatic exuberance and boundless energy. What I had always written off as an “artistic temperament” was starting to become an exhausting ride.”
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“A Ritual To Read Together: Poems In Conversation With William Stafford”
Meg was very honored to have a poem chosen for her first major publication in the newly released anthology “A Ritual To Read Together: Poems In Conversation With William Stafford” published by Woodley Press.
Meg will be in the company of some of her very favorite poets in this collection, including:
Naomi Shihab Nye
Maxine Hong Kingston
and many more.
Nearly twenty years after his death in 1993, William Stafford’s work, teaching philosophies, and life example continue to inspire, challenge, and sometimes baffle us.
Stafford has become a kind of gentle guru to others, encountering his words or philosophies encourages a fiercely difficult dialogue. As poets, how might we honor and test his legacy?
A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford takes its name from Stafford’s famous poem “A Ritual to Read to Each Other,” deliberately re-visioning the original title to reflect the community and diversity in such an anthology.
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This Spring we celebrated Meg’s first literary journal publication when the North Dakota Quarterly published two of Meg’s poems:
“Night Hike” and “On Losing A Dog”
“The Morning I Was Born – a month in poems”
In 2012 Meg self published her first book of poems entitled “The Morning I Was Born – a month in poems.“Inspired by my mother who has written a poem every morning for a decade, I set out to do the same for the month of April. Each day she would send me an assignment and I would sit down with my first cup of tea to see what words arrived. The fact that I had to write in a limited amount of time freed me. The poems tumbled out. It is difficult to know whether there is more death or birth in these pages. What I do know now is that they are woven together in a perfect cloth. A daughter finds her mother again. An illness opens a door for spiritual growth. Forgiveness comes by journeying back to the beginning, and a deep joy lives within each sorrow.”
“I Did Not Lose My Mind, but My Brain Had Stopped Working”
Earlier this year Meg had the pleasure of being asked to write a personal account for leading medical journal “Psychiatric Services.” Her article was entitled “I Did Not Lose My Mind, but My Brain Had Stopped Working.” (Published February 2013 Vol. 64 No.2)
The article develops Hutchinson’s belief that we have made a fundamental error in calling illnesses of the brain illnesses of the mind. She makes the distinction that mind is consciousness and that we stand to increase the rate of recovery if we give people faith that their minds are well.
“Weʼve done a fundamental disservice to the treatment and acceptance of illnesses of the brain by calling them illnesses of the mind. Toward the end of the 19th century we began to refer to these “ afflictions” as mental disorders. Although the term “ psychiatric” has more recently been favored in clinical settings, the word “ mental” stuck. It stuck in our popular culture, it stuck in our treatment models, and it stuck in how those of us living with these disorders still identify ourselves.”