I am excited to introduce you to my friend and colleague, Chris Gabbard. A month ago, Chris published his first book, a memoir called A Life Beyond Reason. After reading the book, I wanted to interview him to hear about his motivations and his writing process. I hope you enjoy this conversation! If you want … More Chris Gabbard discusses his new memoir, A Life Beyond Reason
Today my essay, “Remaking the Ideal Teacher,” goes live in the Disability Futures series of How We Get to Next. This piece is among a series of essays written by disabled writers and curated by Kenny Fries. Here’s how my piece begins: Two weeks into my summer writing course, I stare down a class of rowdy … More “Remaking the Ideal Teacher” published in How We Get to Next!
The March issue of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature features my essay, “I Am Reading, I Am Read.” This piece is part of the Gatherer’s Blog — a special column where disabled writers talk about the writing life. In my essay, I explore the challenges of learning to read my poetry in … More “I Am Reading, I Am Read” published in Wordgathering!
As a professional woman, I often receive praise for overcoming my disability: “I admire how you don’t let blindness get in your way.” “You are where you are because you overcame your vision loss.” “You show that with hard work, anyone can overcome a disability.” “You’re an inspiration because you don’t let blindness stop you … More To Overcome or to Flourish? There Is No Question.
Below is a call for submissions from Nine Mile Magazine. Call for Poetry Nine Mile Art & Literary Magazine Special Issue: Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip Poetics Publication Date: Fall 2019 Guest Editor: Diane R. Wiener Background Nine Mile‘s Fall 2018 issue (Vol. 6, Issue 1) included a section called “Other Engines,” devoted to the … More Nine Mile Magazine Seeks Work by Disabled & Neurodivergent Poets
I have been rereading Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, as it’s one of my favorites — and one of my few digressions from contemporary nonfiction or poetry. I first encountered this book in an AP Literature course and fell in love with its humbler characters. I love and hate Pip, of course, as I expect most readers … More Inclusion Unknown: Revisiting Great Expectations
For publications and speaking opportunities, I’m often asked for a professional photo. Because I can’t take my own selfies, I’ve had to rely on the same couple of photos – either the product of a professional event or a kind friend with the patience to photograph me. Often these pictures are years out of date. … More When the Photographer Accommodates: My Session with Chelsea Whiteman