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For events and websites, etc. here's a shortish bio written in the third person: 

Sandy Allen is a writer and speaker whose work focuses on gender, normalcy, and radical mental health. They are the author of A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia (Scribner). AKOMP is a formally innovative nonfiction book, which combines a 'cover version' of their Uncle Bob's typewritten life story with an examination of the diagnosis he was given at sixteen. It was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2018 by Esquire and received praise from The Los Angeles Times and The New Republic, among many others. Sandy's essays and reported features have been published by Guernica, Gay Magazine, Lit Hub, Bon Appétit's Healthyish, the podcast 99% Invisible, Pop-Up Magazine, and BuzzFeed News, where they used to be Deputy Features Editor. Sandy now writes a column for them. called Between the Binary. They also host a podcast called Mad Chat, which unpacks what our pop culture is telling us about madness and mental health. Back in 2009, they co-founded a literary magazine called Wag's Revue, which they then ran for many years. (Its full archive is still online and free.) They studied nonfiction first at Brown and then received an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. Sandy has received fellowships form the MacDowell Colony and the UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Fellowship, among other accolades. They live in the Catskills, where they bake a lot of sourdough bread and grow a lot of food.


Learn more about the podcast at https://www.madchatshow.com/

Learn more about the book at https://www.akomp.info/

Here's a photo of Sandy holding a gigantic potato: