About Alyssa

Alyssa Cypher (they/them) is a radical mental health community organizer, activist, and consultant. They are also an artist, focusing on poetry, collage, and cross-stitch as mediums to express madness and neurodiversity.

They are the founder of Inside Our Minds, a mutual aid collective that provides subsidized, community-based radical mental health programming to the Pittsburgh area. They are also a facilitator for Rainbow Writers, a writing group for LGBT2QIA+ teens via Write Pittsburgh.

[Image of Alyssa, a white, non-binary person with red hair that is shaved to a fade on the sides and several inches long on top. They are smiling and wearing an orange suit with a white undershirt.]

Alyssa in an orange suit with a white undershirt and white shoes. They are smiling.

Radical Mental Health & Madness in Pittsburgh

Collage by Alyssa
I haven’t been having an easy time making art during the pandemic, but lately I have been working on a series of self-portraits, using photography and hand-cut collage. Featured below are my portraits from May and July 2021. These are portraits I took inside my house, […]
Banner that reads "Write Pittsburgh Presents: Zines: Radical Writing for Teens"
This summer I will be teaching a workshop through Write Pittsburgh on zine-making for teens! The camp will run from July 19-28th, Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm (two live virtual workshops per week). Campers will learn about the radical history of zines and experiment with different […]
I am now officially a published poet! “Birds Don’t Visit Anymore” was accepted to publication in Issue 3 of Pittsburgh Poetry Journal. I am so excited and honored that PPJ chose my poem, especially since I am a (formerly) unpublished poet without an MFA or technical […]