Maranda Elizabeth is a capital-C Crazy writer, zinester, witch, identical twin, high school dropout, cane-user, cripple-goth, recovering alcoholic, and white non-binary amethyst-femme. They write about recovery with borderline personality disorder, complex-trauma, and fibromyalgia; writing, creativity, & friendship; disability & accessibility; politicizing recovery; magic & witchcraft & Tarot; self-care, support, & $upport; queer mad poor crip lineages; and surviving social assistance and poverty.
Maranda’s work often explores themes of loneliness, isolation, abandonment, and disposability; synchronicity, reciprocity, gratitude, joy, and meaning-making; and memory and making a home.
In 2012, they published an anthology of the first decade of their zines, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, in 2013, they published their first novel, Ragdoll House, and in 2017, they published their second novel, We Are the Weirdos. They write zines, offer Tarot readings for misfits and outcasts, and publish a fortnightly-ish column on LittleRedTarot.com, See the Cripple Dance, re-imagining Tarot through disability and madness. Maranda grew up in Lindsay, Ontario (Ojibway, Chippewa, and Anishinabek land), and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario (traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Métis).
Currently, they’re working on a sequel titled We Are the Nobodies, as well as a book of non-fiction titled To Be True to My Own Weirdnesses: Re-Incarnations, Re-Iterations, & Re-Imaginings. And (!) a short story collection called Those Knives Were Her Security Blanket, and a #CripLit disability-justice near-future novella, as yet untitled, which you can read an excerpt of here. And many more zines, of course!
They’re a Libra Sun, Sagittarius Moon, and Gemini Rising, with Venus in Libra, Mercury in Scorpio, and Chiron Retrograde in Gemini.
♥ Maranda also offers online Tarot readings for weirdos, crazy people, mad folks, borderlines, disabled folks and crip queers, etc. at schoolformaps.etsy.com! ♥
Along with the above, Maranda has also published several essays online, often collaborating with Cee Lavery to provide illustrations.
The Complexities of Being A Twin
How Magic Helps Me Live with Pain and Trauma
That Christmas We Got Three Curling Irons from the Salvation Army
Why I’ve Learned to Embrace JOMO – the Joy of Missing Out
How to Support Your Disabled Friends in Winter – And Beyond
Dreaming New Meanings into Borderline Personality Disorder
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