In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Join us for a fun and friendly evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities.
This month, as well as our Open Mic, we have a special guest, author Susan R. Nelson.
Susan R. Nelson is a published author and sought-after speaker. In her memoir, The Only Light I Saw Was in Galveston, she shares her story of survival and recovery after being shot point blank in the back of the head.
By all accounts, the gunshot to the back of her head should have been fatal. But with the bullet still lodged in her brain, Susan, age 29, would start her life over again. In her memoir, Susan shares her journey from death including the moment, while still comatose, she saw the light in the distance, and though NOT the “white light” so many speak of, still a glimmer of the possibility of help and hope. During the coming years, she would not only have to relearn the most basic of physical tasks of walking and talking and reading and writing, she would have to learn to find that light of hope again in order to rebuild her life; a life which at times appeared to be a volatile and emotional roller-coaster ride.
After a six-year struggle to find her place in the world, the native Texan returned to her home state where she now lives as a wife and mother. Susan has served on the board of various non-profit support groups and is an outspoken advocate, fundraiser, and champion for women and children who are dealing with trauma and crisis in their lives. As a survivor, Susan is involved with multiple organizations which focus on brain injury awareness, gun violence and safety, political policies, and women’s issues.