Wagner is an accomplished writer, artist, and award-winning poet who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1975, attended medical school, and spent 15 years of her adult life in psychiatric units and hospitals. Despite her diagnosis, Wagner has won many awards for her writing, including first prize in the BBC Radio World Service Meridian Writings international poetry contest.
In 2005, she co-authored with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, “Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia,” a memoir about her years of illness, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was featured in Readers Digest and People Magazine. It won the national NAMI Outstanding Literature Award.
Wagner is a visual artist as well. Her work can be seen on various posts on her blog page. Two of her pencil art works appeared in the first edition, January 2014, of Collective Dream Artists Magazine. Wagner authored “We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders,” a book of poems about living with schizophrenia, and “Learning to See in Three Dimensions,” a book of poems and art.
The public is invited to meet and hear this author, poet, and artist at Inclusion Center, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, lower level, 16 Bradley Avenue. A fragrant-free environment is encouraged. For more information contact Julie Tamler at (802) 387-5285.