Sandy Allen : Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Sandy Allen

Author, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise

Sandy Allen is an author and journalist. Sandy’s work is generally concerned with power and constructs of normalcy, including psychiatric (dis)ability and gender. Their reporting and writing lately has focused on madness and the history and present of psychiatric treatments and people labeled with psychiatric disorders. Sandy is non-binary trans (they/them pronouns) and lives in the Catskills.

Sandy’s first book, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia was published by Scribner in January 2018. AKOMP was called “an act of radical empathy” by Anne Fadiman and a “truly original piece of work” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. It’s received praise from numerous outlets and named one of Esquire’s best nonfiction books of 2018. A rave review in The Psychiatric Times concluded: “My hope is that it will become a classic and universally read by all psychiatrists.”

Sandy’s essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed News, CNN Opinion, and Pop-Up Magazine. Sandy has written about such things as the virtues of baking pie, climate change’s impact on the wine industry and fake hate crimes. They have profiled such figures as comedian Tig Notaro, Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten, and Sandy Allen, the former tallest woman alive (who coincidentally had the same name).
Originally from Northern California, Sandy attended Brown University and received an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Sandy was previously BuzzFeed News’ deputy features editor. For more, visit

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