On Friday April 8th 2016, CPAH presented our eighteenth annual "HomeWord Bound" from 6pm to 10pm at the Oregon Zoo (Cascade Crest Banquet Center), 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland 97221.
CPAH is thrilled to announce the featured speakers at our 18th annual HomeWord Bound fundraiser.Mitchell S. Jackson
Mitchell S. Jackson is a recently-named TED2016 Fellow, and he is the critically-acclaimed author of “The Residue Years” (Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads selection for 2015, winner of The Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prize, the PEN/Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent, and other accolades).
About “The Residue Years” - Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Ore. In the 1990s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what is was to come of age in that time and place, with a breakout voice that’s nothing less than extraordinary.
Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist and the author of “All the Things We Never Knew,” an honest and compassionate memoir about loving and losing someone with mental illness, in this case, Sheila’s husband, David. The book details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness, along with insightful reporting about resources for those who find themselves in need of mental health services. Ultimately, Sheila shares how she and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat; let themselves love and trust again; and understand the importance of forgiveness.
Sheila’s storytelling resume runs through film, commercial television, radio and print. She began her career as an Associate Producer for public broadcasting, then anchored and reported commercial television news in Salt Lake City, Utah and at KATU in Portland. Sheila currently hosts the Kink-FM morning show, where she was recently voted Oregon’s Best Radio Personality. She also writes for “About Face Magazine,” authors a blog (SheilaHamilton.com), and she is a frequent speaker and emcee.