Jacks McNamara – Short Bio

Making Meaning out of Madness: A psych survivor and activist, Jacks uses poetry and prose to examine the intersections between trauma, spirituality, identity and place as they inform the experience of being “crazy” in a crazy world. Jacks’ perspective is grounded in struggles for social justice and collective liberation.


Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.