Sandy Allen

marlene lopez

Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed NewsCNN OpinionBon Appétit‘s Healthyish and Pop-Up Magazine. Sandy was previously BuzzFeed News‘ deputy features editor. They also founded and ran the online-only literary quarterly Wag’s Revue. Sandy’s work focuses on constructs of normalcy, including psychiatric disability and gender. Sandy is nonbinary trans. In A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia (Scribner), Allen translates the autobiography of their schizophrenic uncle, artfully creating a gripping coming-of-age story that illuminates the experience of living with schizophrenia like never before. The LA Times writes, “A bracing work of art and a loving tribute to a man whose voice, no matter how unpolished, deserves to be heard.”