Silent Screams

Into and Out of Bulimia Through Poetry

by Lori Henry


Countless young women around the world feel badly about their bodies and wish they were thinner. Millions of them develop eating disorders in their quest to lose “just 5 more pounds.” Delve into the mindset of someone in the throws of bulimia who holds nothing back. Experience her ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks, all mirroring the experiences of those who struggle with this illness.


Lori Henry went through the roller coaster ride of bulimia from age 12 until she graduated from high school. This collection of poetry was written during that time and in the years of recovery that followed.


Silent Screams was written by a teenager overcome with depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Her only way to express herself was through poetry and the poems in this book are a raw and powerful example of what it feels like to be young and in pain. The author has spoken about the book and her experience with bulimia in classrooms, youth groups, girls-only groups, dance conventions, libraries and at special events in order to encourage those struggling to seek help and begin recovery. 


Book Details: This is a book of poetry for young adults. The target market is teenagers who are struggling with an eating disorder (in particular, bulimia), but also anorexia, compulsive overeating, and EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified). Sales have been mostly to teenaged girls who are in the process of recovering or whose parents are trying to convince them to recover. Interested publishers can make an offer directly on the profile page to buy available rights.

Rights Information

All rights are available worldwide for this title. The author is especially interested in selling non-North American and foreign language rights (print and digital), as well as audio rights worldwide.

Marketing Information

This title has been marketed through print and online media in North America.


“The poems provide valuable insights into the emotional journey one takes on the road to recovery.”

– Christine A. Hartline, M.A., Director of the Eating Disorder Referral and Information Centre

“Every piece is written with genuine expression, threaded together with a golden needle. The poems eloquently describe the unrelenting injustice of an eating disorder and the glorious magnificence of recovery. If you have ever wondered what it's really like, prepare yourself for this profound, courageous journey of one who' s saved her own life.”

– Shelley Jensen, eating disorders counsellor


“Gutsy new writing.”

Gail Johnson, Health Editor of The Georgia Straight

Author Biography

Lori Henry is a Writer and Anthropologist of Dance based in North Vancouver, Canada. She struggled with bulimia when she was a teenager and spent many years in recovery thanks to the help of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, counsellors, and her supportive family. She has fully recovered from bulimia and now lives free of an eating disorder.


The poems in this book were written in journals the author kept throughout her entire struggle. She wrote late at night when she couldn’t sleep, at school where she could barely pretend that she was okay, and at any private moment when she needed to let out her painful emotions and didn’t know any other way to do that. The book has sold over 500 copies in North America and has been used in junior high school classrooms to talk about issues such as body image, peer pressure, the dangers of dieting, and eating disorders.

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