Mental Health Awareness Month Event

Presented by Fellowship Place Inc. and featuring
Michael Mack, celebrated poet, writer, and performer

Thursday May 18, 7:00 pm
Fellowship Place Campus, 441 Elm Street, New Haven
Advanced reservations are required.

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This is a FREE event, open to the public to raise awareness about mental illness.
Audience talkback following the performance, facilitated by Dr. Susan Lewis and Dr. William Sherman.

Michael Mack was five years old when his mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Her illness brought radical changes to everyone in Mack’s family – changes they would navigate for decades.
Mack began writing about her life to better understand her inner struggle, and his own lifelong depression.
This evolved into stories and performances that became an integral part of Mack’s healing journey – not healing as a tidy little package, but in the complexity of a person growing ever more into a whole self.

Mack will share stories about his mother and family, along with reflections on the artistic process as a spiritual pilgrimage of healing.

In 2023, Mack won the Great American Fiction Contest published by The Saturday Evening Post. His work has aired on NPR and has been published by the likes of the Journal of the American Medical Association and Beloit Poetry Journal. Mack has performed at the US Library of Congress, Yale University, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Austin International Poetry Festival, and Off-Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center.

For more information about this special performance, please contact
Fellowship Place’s Development Director, Melissa Holroyd, at

For more about Michael Mack visit