Publisher: Listening House Media
Released: February 1, 2023
(un)sane is a ground-breaking collection of stories by Kitty lu bear.
As a Mad collective, kitty brings their distinctive and accessible writing styles to these interwoven stories in new and fearless ways. The stories provide new maps in that they thoughtfully guide the reader to understanding the roots of sanism, the "madness of psychiatric survivorship," the "madness of neuroqueering autism," and the "madness of multiplicity and anarchy." These distinct yet interconnected sections in (un)sane are a courageous and powerful time-weaving of the horrors of the past (and present) alongside the profoundly vulnerable telling of a collective story of survival, and how they found their Mad praxis and pockets of thriving amidst the violence of sanism.
kitty lu bear is a white, disabled, queer, trans non-binary femme. Collectively, they are Mad, multiple, and autistic, recognizing that their experience of "many in one body" as a neuroqueer extreme state is the lens through which they experience the world. they are deeply connected to supporting interdependent solutions around healing justice and accessibility for the LGBTQIA+ community. From facilitating writing workshops to holding space in peer-led support groups, they are interested in the symbiotic nature of community care. They just graduated from UMN-Twin Cities where they received a BS in Engineering Studies, Holistic Health and Healing, and Plant/Fungal Biology. kitty uses they/them pronouns.