A PRAYER FOR A NON-RELIGIOUS AUTISTIC is a family history book for those who (in various ways) choose their own, a Jewish conversion story, disability advocacy, a literary supply of special interests as palate cleansers, and a behind-the-scenes feature on the effects
of misdiagnosis, mental illness, and addiction. The repetition used throughout is both cyclical (a reminder that healing is not linear) and, as described at the start of the book, autistic literature. Accompanying Scheelk’s third poetry book includes image descriptors, a trigger warning list, and a Disability Resources section to encourage self-education.
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Jewish Studies. LGBTQ+ Studies.
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Lucas Scheelk (they/them) is an autistic queer white Jew. They're originally from the Twin Cities, now living in Washington state. They're the author of This Is a Clothespin (Damaged Goods Press, 2016) and Holmes is a Person As is (self-published, 2016). Their work has appeared in Assaracus, Barking Sycamores, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Queer Voices: Poetry Prose and Pride, Stone of Madness Press, Pandemic Publications, Spoon Knife 5: Liminal, Wizards in Space, and Mollyhouse, among others. Twitter: @TC221Bee.