Psych Murders

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Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
7.01 X 8.0 X 0.47 inches | 0.59 pounds

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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.


Psych Murders is a powerful and disturbing book. Building upon the tradition of "nothing about us without us" within disability literature, Heit's poems allow those who actually live with disability to speak for themselves.

--Michael Northen "Wordgathering"

Psych Murders is a deeply felt and known work of somatic writing. Stephanie Heit is a writer who does not look away from 'so much unknown, ' inhabiting the 'blur' and 'the beauty' in equal measure. How do we write when we're exhausted? Or: How do we survive the book? Heit answers these questions with radical care and visceral acuity, in all weathers.

--Bhanu Kapil "."

I love being an educator, sharing knowledge and expanding horizons. But every once in a while there is the ultimate moment when you know that you have given your students a gift, a text or experience that is and will remain precious to them on a deeply personal level. Tonight, when Stephanie Heit read from her amazing work, Psych Murders, and spoke with my class, I got to have such a moment. Thank you Stephanie, for the gift of your art and your presence! What a wonder it is to witness the power of art.

--Christine Neufeld "Educator"

Psych Murders carves out a possibility for a different kind of bodymind health practice where desire and care might find a different mode of expression.

--Orchid Tierney "Aquifer, The Florida Review Online"