In "Heart Berries," Terese Marie Mailhot explores trauma & survival | KALW

In "Heart Berries," Terese Marie Mailhot explores trauma & survival

May 9, 2019



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about reckoning with transgenerational trauma, through a First Nation woman’s memoir.

In Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot examines her survival of a dysfunctional upbringing, the abuse perpetrated against and within her family, and her own mental health. Through her arresting and graphic narration, she takes control over her story and reestablishes her connection with her family, her people, and her place in the world.


Terese Marie Mailhot, Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University, faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, former Saturday editor at The Rumpus and columnist at Indian Country Today, and author of Heart Berries: A Memoir.

Web Resources:

PBS News Hour: Finding my way without role models gave me room to be

Journal & Courier: Purdue's Terese Mailhot caps ‘nonstop’ year with $50K Whiting Award for emerging writers

The Guardian: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot review – a raw, rich indigenous memoir