become ungovernable.

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I make books and trouble, not necessarily in
that order.

I'm Christy: author, scrappy anarchist, sober mama,
climate justice direct action educator, and cat couch extraordinaire. I'm glad you're here.


For more than 20 years, I've organized environmental justice and human rights campaigns and direct action—and have trained thousands of activists to do the same. Eight arrests, five years of sobriety, and one kiddo later, I believe this work is more important than ever. 

Now I write books and teach people how to advocate for themselves and
carve out more time, energy, and attention for what matters so that we can all make
better trouble and become ungovernable. 

I am fascinated by the intersections of what makes us human, and long to say
the unsayable. And I believe in storytelling as a strategy for building power.

I believe in
the power of stories.

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I'm the author of High Priestess of the Apocalypse: a memoir of disobedience and Sobriety Through the Major Arcana, an essay chapbook, both forthcoming in 2024.

Plus, browse my bookshop for all the books that inspire me.

The Books

Since 2014, I've taught online courses to thousands of students from all over the world. Currently, I offer one self-paced course: The Art of Self-Advocacy.

This course is designed to help you become
a devoted accomplice in your own liberation.

The Course

My work has been published in Longreads, The Rumpus, Newsweek, Huff Post, Ms., Electric Lit, and more. My my work was named a notable in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2023 and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions.

P.S.: I'm not a lawyer, but I've been training activists in their legal rights since 2007. And I believe you should never talk to cops.

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I've written a lot of words on the Internet, for outlets like Newsweek, Insider, Huff Post, Ms., and more—about things like parenting, sobriety, gender, queerness, and mental health.

The Essay Archive

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Part memoir, part direct action primer, part love letter to the new world we’re collectively fighting to create, this memoir is composed of short pieces that create a collage of what it means to hold space when it feels like the end of the world.

High Priestess
of the Apocalypse

a memoir of disobedience

Originally published by Sari Botton on her Memoirland Substack, this is one of my most-read essays, about how I used the archetypes of the tarot to guide my sobriety journey—and it will be available soon as a standalone essay chapbook from kith books.

Sobriety Through
the Major Arcana



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