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Nick Walker is a queer, transgender, flamingly autistic author of both speculative fiction and nonfiction, and co-writer of the Weird Luck webcomic at weirdluck.net. Her nonfiction explores the edges and intersections of queerness, neurodivergence, embodiment, and creative transformation; some of her work on these topics can be found at neuroqueer.com. She's also a professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, an aikido teacher, and a lifelong zen practitioner.
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The notion of “body” that underlies most available writings about somatic theories and practices often assumes a universal normality of structure and function that has now come into question. In this collection, viewpoints grounded in neural, hormonal, gender, and physiological diversities challenge convention and open up a more inclusive world of somatics for psychotherapy and many forms of bodywork. The authors embody these differences and have developed their particular somatic practices out of direct experience. Their narratives offer new approaches to the transformation of our social order’s bodily roots enabling a healing of the recurrent traumas of the past. Covering topics such as the autistic body-mind, how the human body is both shaped by and shapes contemporary society, and somatic psychotherapy as a trustworthy resource for healing within the African American community, these poignant essays will help students and practitioners of somatics broaden the scope and efficacy of their therapeutic practices.
"This jewel of a collection had me crying, laughing in parts, and becoming outraged. I hope that everyone in the care-taking communities of medicine and mental health reads these rare and wonderful first hand accounts for their own education." - Judy Grahn, author of A Simple Revolution, Another Mother Tongue, and Love Belongs to Those Who Do the Feeling
“At the nexus of sexuality/sexual identity and disability resides a community that is as othered as one can be. And as has always been true, there resides in such a marginalized community wisdom about the human condition that is timely and necessary. We who do not understand the gradations and dynamism of Autism and other neural and generally physical challenges, who do not understand the gradations and dynamism of human sexuality, must humble ourselves before the varied voices of this community. They are our teachers. Michael Monje and her associate have gathered and produced an important anthology.” - Richard Katrovas, author of Raising Girls in Bohemia and Swastika into Lotus
This time, we asked writers what it felt like to live in a life where every move, every choice, and every outcome is scrutinized. That is the test chamber, and these 36 meditations on the ways power is felt and the choices individuals made in light of their confrontations with power are cement the conviction of fans of the first volume that this series is one to watch out for.
We also selected work that reflects our partnership. That means heavy representation from transgender authors, who have written the majority of the pieces in the book, if not the majority of the words. It also means rich autistic representation. It means embracing a big-tent approach to both neurodiversity and sexual and gender diversity in a way unique to NeuroQueer Books.
The Spoon Knife Anthology is NeuroQueer Books' annual open-call collection to find new talent and to bring together our favorite regular contributors in a celebration of literature that pushes boundaries and defines the interiors of neurodivergent, Queer, and Mad experiences. Editors Dani Alexis Ryskamp and Sam Harvey give you a series of examinations of what it means to live in an environment where one feels that existence itself is a series of tests that must be successfully navigated. From the back cover:
"The writers (and editors and publishers) of the book you now hold in your hands have this in common: we all diverge in some way(s) from the normative, the expected, the acceptable. We've all been pathologized, scrutinized, corrected--often, in horrible ways. As [we] write this, the United States finds itself in a new test chamber, one whose outputs will inevitably affect the rest of the world. Those of us throughout the world who find ourselves already marginalized, like the authors represented here, will suffer first, but we will not suffer alone. We all need the tools of defiance and resistance. In Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber, we explore what happens when the tools of defiance and resistance are applied to a particular purpose or demand. We test the test chamber in which we find ourselves, and in so doing, we find the power to subvert it."
Please join us for our second year celebrating the diversity and craft that goes into neurodivergent, Queer, and Mad literature, and enjoy the second round of Spoon Knife. You will find a number of familiar AutPress authors in its pages, as well as a few names of people who will be delivering books through the press later this year and more than a couple of authors we hope to publish again. And don't forget to be on the lookout for new Spoon Knife Anthology guidelines every spring from Autonomous Press and NeuroQueer Books.
Authors include: N.I. Nicholson, Amy Sequenzia, Alyssa Hillary, Nick Walker, Alison Black, Arden Green, Andrea Abi-Karam, Clay Dillon, Alyssa Gonzalez, Monika Dryburgh, EL Lewy, Nicole Eugene, Eleven Groothius, Phil Smith, Jacqueline Pruder St. Antoine, Monday Dillon, Verity Reynolds, Barbara Ruth, Michael Scott Monje Jr., Marrok Zenon Sedgwick, Steven J. Singer, Meghan O'Hern, Emma Whetsell, Athena the Architect, Lynn Vargas, Alex Connall, Michael T. Chin, Sparrow Rose Jones, and Andrew Reichart.
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R. L. Mosswood
In these pages you’ll find speculative fiction, magical realism, memoir, poetry, alternate history, and more, side-by-side or fused together into genre-bending mutant hybrid literary forms.
In these pages you’ll find night terrors, ancient goddesses, cyborg burglars, autistic superheroes, zeppelin armadas, interdimensional space pirates, spiritualist robot mechanics, and the meddlesome agents of the Reality Patrol.
Spoon Knife 3: Incursions is a book that will expand your horizons, challenge your perceptions, invade your dreams, and inject its larvae into your brain. Read it before the Reality Patrol bans it.