Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, podcaster, educator, performer, and healer living in Santa Fe, NM. Jacks is the co-founder of The Icarus Project, a participatory adventure in radical mental health and mutual aid. In 2012 Jacks was selected as a Lambda literary fellow, and their first book of poetry, Inbetweenland, was released by Deviant Type Press in March 2013. Jacks hosts the podcast So Many Wings, which is a series of conversations at the intersection of transformative mental health and social justice.
Co-author of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, Jacks' writing has appeared in numerous publications, blogs, and zines. In January 2011 they released the chapbook/zine, So Many Ways to Be Beautiful, available online here.
A lifelong artist and designer, their creations have been shown across the US and Canada, as well as appearing on the covers of books and magazines, in posters, and on the web. Most recently Jacks' work was shown in Vancouver as part of the Mad Cartographies exhibition, in San Francisco as part of The Icarus Project’s 10 year retrospective, and in Manhattan as part of the Navigating Disability exhibition in conjunction with the Reelabilities Film Festival, where Jacks was a featured presenter. Originals and prints of Jacks's artwork are available for sale.
Since 2004 Jacks has spoken, facilitated workshops, and performed across the US, Canada, and Europe, at venues ranging from the US Social Forum and the UK Feminist Health Gathering to numerous universities, queer art spaces, high schools, and activist centers. A dynamic presenter with the ability to capture a group's imagination and facilitate community-building conversations, Jacks travels frequently and can be booked for events in your community. They would love to talk about collaborating on art shows, coming out to perform poetry and music, facilitating workshops, doing public speaking around mental health, or otherwise being involved in events that spread art, radical honesty, and liberation. Be in touch!