Well met, dear reader!
This blog is my place to explore a wide spectrum of topics – from travel, work, and socializing to the larger concerns of a more-than-human society. I devote many words to my passions: music, nature, and poetry. And from my perspective as a disabled woman, I strive to forward proposals for peaceful and empathetic integration: practical solutions for daily irritations and challenges to common ways of considering and representing disabled people in the 21st century.
I borrow Milton’s words and “consider how my light is spent.” I reflect on my abilities, perception, and experience – and find ways to direct that light outward, to nurture a spirit of genuineness, imagination, and empathy.
I write about my disability because I value that experience. As a writer, I draw from my life because it is mine. I write about disability because there aren’t enough voices talking about disability in a way that encourages people to acknowledge our equal share in humanity. My perspective is not valuable because I’m blind—and therefore unequivocally different from you, the nondisabled or non-blind reader. My experience is valuable because it is a different perspective among people who are equally different. The norm is a myth.
I hope you enjoy what you find in this civil space.
About Emily K. Michael
I am a blind poet, musician, and writing teacher living in Jacksonville, FL. I’m the poetry editor for Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature at Syracuse University. I design grammar and style workshops for multilingual learners and developing writers. I love to crochet, cook, sing, and read. My latest project is learning to bird by ear. I also curate the Blind Academy blog, where blind students and scholars share their academic experiences. My first book Neoteny: Poems is available from Finishing Line Press.
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