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Poetry Shines Light On Nadine Pinede’s Invisible Disability


In a feature produced by WFIU Radio, Nadine Pinede discusses the impact of illness on her writing and reads her poem "Known By Her Scars." Pinede is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism. Most recently she is the author of the poetry chapbook, An Invisible Geography. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar, Pinede lived in Bloomington, Indiana until she relocated to Belgium in the fall of 2014.

Pinede served as an artist facilitator and grantwriter for a regional satellite group of ArtsWORK Indiana. Describing the experience of her affiliation with ArtsWORK, she says: “Across our many different artistic disciplines, ages, backgrounds, and disabilities, we were able to serve as believing mirrors for each other. That's a rare and precious gift.”

Pinede describes what it's like to live with fibromyalgia, a central nervous system disorder characterized by chronic, widespread pain, in the interview aired as part of WFIU's feature. “For a lot of that time, I felt as if people were telling me, ‘It’s all in your head,’” she says. “If they can’t see them, sometimes they don’t believe that these disabilities are real, or they believe people are simply lazy, crazy or both.” Yet Pinede believes that illness can lead to insight if you’re willing to let it in.

Listen to and read "Poetry Shines Light On Nadine Pinede’s Invisible Disability" on the WFIU website (3:58 min.) >

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Nadine Pinede with art by Nina McCoy at a meeting of South Central ArtsWORK Indiana
Nadine Pinede, with art by Nina McCoy, at a meeting of South Central ArtsWORK Indiana