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The Effects of Addiction — Tomás Morín & Cindy House


Tomás Q. Morín
Let Me Count the Ways

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the collection of poems Machete and the  new memoir Let Me Count the Ways, as well as the poetry collections Patient Zero and A Larger Country

He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. 

He teaches at Rice University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Cindy House
Mother Noise

Cindy House is an essayist, short story writer, artist, and a regular opener for David Sedaris on his tours across the country. Her memoir, Mother Noise, tells the story of what life looks like twenty years after recovery from addiction in essays and graphic shorts. 

She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned an MFA from Lesley University in 2017. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her son. is an essayist, short story writer, artist, and a regular opener for David Sedaris on his tours across the country. 

She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned an MFA from Lesley University in 2017. 

She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her son.


Growing up in a small town in South Texas, poverty, machismo, and drug addiction were everywhere for Tomás Q. Morín. He was around four or five years old when he first remembers his father cooking heroin, and he recalls many times he and his mother accompanied his father while he was on the hunt for more. Let Me Count the Ways is the memoir of a journey into obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mechanism to survive a childhood filled with pain, violence, and unpredictability. 

Cindy House’s Mother Noise opens with Cindy, twenty years into recovery after a heroin addiction, grappling with how to tell her nine-year-old son about her past. She wants him to learn this history from her, not anyone else; but she worries about the effect this truth may have on him. This memoir is about addiction, motherhood, and Cindy’s ongoing effort to reconcile the two. 


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