On Saturday, September 17, Mike Scalise will give a talk as part of John Hopkins 8th Annual Pituitary Patient Day. Scalise will be discussing his experience with low cortisol as to raise awareness for diseases of pituitary gland. Pituitary Patient Day will begin at 9:30 AM and Scalise will begin his talk at 11:50 AM at the Johns Hopkins Mt. Washington Conference Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
After a ruptured pituitary tumor leaves Mike Scalise with the hormone disorder acromegaly at age 24, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, serves as a complicated model. A moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.
Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction's 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.