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Psych Murders (Made in Michigan Writers)

Psych Murders (Made in Michigan Writers)

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Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Wayne State University Press
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Experimental writing that takes you inside psychiatric wards and shock treatments toward new futures of care.

Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, and Bronze Medal winner from the Independent Publisher Book Awards

Stephanie Heit's hybrid memoir poem blasts the page electric and documents her experience of shock treatment. Using a powerful m lange of experimental forms, she traces her queer mad bodymind through breathlessness, damage, refusal, and memory loss as it shifts in and out of locked psychiatric wards and extreme bipolar states. Heit survives to give readers access to this somatic, visceral rendering of a bipolar life complete with sardonic humor, while showing us the dire need for new paradigms of mental health care outside closets, attics, prisons, and wards. Psych Murders adds a vital layer of lived experience of electroshocks and suicidal ideation to the growing body of literature of madness and mental health difference.

About the Author

Stephanie Heit is a queer disabled poet, dancer, teacher, and codirector of Turtle Disco, a somatic writing space. She is a psych system/shock survivor, bipolar, a mad activist, Zoeglossia Fellow, and a member of Olimpias, a disability performance collective. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Three Fires Confederacy territory and is the author of the poetry collection The Color She Gave Gravity.