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Heart Berries: A Memoir

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Terese Marie Mailhot is a prolific writer and memoirist. Documenting her experience with trauma, abuse, and her journey through mental health healing, Mailhot illustrates how writing saved her life. Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at Purdue University. 

Call for Proposals

Heart Berries: A Memoir is a profound exploration of one indigenous woman’s journey through posttraumatic stress order, bipolar II disorder, and a tumultuous upbringing on Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest. Through the illustrative recounting of her lived experience, Terese Marie Mailhot beautifully captures her journey through healing, recovery, and acceptance.

Following the book discussions, the Amplifying Voices in Discourse (AVID) Committee invites NU alumni, faculty, students, and staff to attend a micro-conference exploring themes related to Heart Berries through engaging presentations delivered by members from the NU Community. The Heart Berries Micro-Conference will occur via Zoom on March 18, 2021, at 1 pm AZT.  

Interested in attending? Click here to register.

Information about Submitting a Presentation Proposal:

Click here to submit your Presentation Proposal

  • AVID invites NU alumni, faculty, students, and staff.
  • Session titles should be 10 words or less and communicate the presentation’s content.
  • Proposal submissions must indicate the presentation’s key themes and how they relate to Heart Berries: A Memoir.
  • Presentation proposal descriptions are limited to 300 words.
  • The proposal deadline is February 26, 2021.

Review and Acceptance Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance and contribution to the body of knowledge on the related themes of the memoir. Submitters will receive acceptance notifications by March 1, 2021.


The AVID Committee will communicate via email with the primary presenter. Primary presenters will be responsible for communicating information from AVID to all co-presenters.

Presentation Information

  • Presenters will receive a PPT template.
  • Presenters will have 20 minutes to present, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.
  • Presentations will occur via Zoom on Thursday, March 18, at 1 pm AZT.


If you have any additional questions about the submission process, please contact the AVID Committee at


Join us as we amplify Terese Marie Mailhot’s voice by discussing her memoir, Heart Berries. Heart Berries is a prolific illustration of Mailhot’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Band, her battle with posttraumatic stress disorder and family trauma, and her journey through recovery. Part One of this series will review the first half of the memoir (Introduction to Chapter 5). Part Two of this series will review the second half of the memoir (Chapters 6 - Afterword). While we encourage participants to read the memoir, it is not required to join the discussion.

Participate in any aspect of the AVID discussion you’d like – we look forward to your contribution.


Join a group of peers to discuss your impressions via Zoom. Select a Part One session and a Part Two session that work best for your schedule. 

Heart Berries: A Memoir, Resource Discussion Part One - Monday, January 11 @ 1 pm AZT

Heart Berries: A Memoir, Resource Discussion Part One - Thursday, January 14 @ 5 pm AZT

Heart Berries: A Memoir, Resource Discussion Part Two - Tuesday, February 02 @ 1 pm AZT

Heart Berries: A Memoir, Resource Discussion Part Two - Thursday, February 04 @ 5 pm AZT

Let's Continue the Discussion in the Commons

We would love to hear your thoughts. Connect to these Commons' posts to engage in a community discussion of Heart Berries: A Memoir.

NU Community Forum |

Engage with all members of the NU Community. This is open to NU staff, alumni, students, and faculty.

Native & Indigenous Collective Connections | 

Connect with other NICC members to discuss Heart Berries. 


Heart Berries Resource Discussion, Part One | January 11, 2021 | 1 pm

Heart Berries Resource Discussion, Part One | January 11, 2021 | 5 pm

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