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The poems of the 13th-century Persian poet known simply as Rumi have been described as ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To author, lawyer, activist, and Emory alumna (06L, 06PH) Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. Her father, a physician, used to leave Rumi’s poems around the house for her, written on pages from his prescription pad, but it wasn’t until she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that she realized how the words of the poet could help her face the fear, isolation, depression, and distraction she faced each day.

Join Moezzi for a discussion of her memoir, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life.


“The Rumi Prescription is a testament to the healing power of art and its ability to bring peace to our battered souls. Sometimes the cure we need is not a pill, but a poem.” — Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi