Sandy Ernest Allen is a writer and speaker. His work focuses on normalcy, especially to do with gender and mental health.
Sandy's debut book is called A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia. Composed in two fonts, AKOMP is a radical and innovative work of narrative journalism based on an autobiography mailed to Sandy by his late Uncle Bob. Initially published by Scribner in 2018, AKOMP received much critical praise. In 2020, the book was longlisted by New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute as one the top works of journalism of the decade.
Sandy's essays and reported articles have been published by many places, including The Cut, them., Gay Magazine, Guernica, Bon Appétit's Healthyish, and BuzzFeed News, where he was formerly a longform editor. His work has been optioned and received various other recognition. Sandy has been a repeat contributor to This American Life and he has produced stories for the design podcast 99% Invisible. He hosted a podcast about pop culture and mental health, Mad Chat, co-created with producer Lee Mengistu. Now on indefinite hiatus, Mad Chat's fans included the New York Times.
Sandy is queer and transgender. He uses he/him or they/them pronouns. He lives in the Catskills, in upstate New York, with many plants, two dogs, too many cats, a sourdough starter, and his husband, Rob Dubbin. Sandy is writing his second book, a sequel of sorts to the first, focused on the future of mental health care. He's working on several other projects, including for film and television. He's frequently found at the piano or in the garden or baking bread.
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