This is a compendium of articles, interviews, and videos that offer insight on accessibility. Design of Physical & Virtual Spaces Autistic Access Needs: Notes on Accessibility “Design with the blind in mind,” a TED Talk by Chris Downey Development of the AASPIRE Web Accessibility Guidlines for Autistic Users How to caption a YouTube video “Paralympics … More Perspectives on Accessibility: A Resource Page
I have enjoyed some local press this week, and I can’t wait to share it with you. On Friday, I met with a student reporter from UNF’s newspaper The Spinnaker. She came to my office on campus and we talked about poetry, teaching, disability in the arts, and, of course, York! Here’s the profile she … More NEOTENY in the News!
I am excited to be featured on the front page of today’s Florida Times-Union! Last week I was interviewed by the TU’s Matt Soergel, and my feature came out today! The article appeared with the headline “Poet write about far more than blindness,” and it was also published on the TU’s website here.
I am excited to announce that my first book, Neoteny: Poems, is now available for pre-order! Click on the lovely book cover below and you’ll travel to Finishing Line Press’s website, where you can order your copy! Why Pre-Order? The next two months are my advance sales period. The number of pre-orders for Neoteny during … More Pre-Order NEOTENY, My First Book!
Are you ready for some great news? I am thrilled to announce that Finishing Line Press is publishing my first book! Neoteny: Poems is a poetry chapbook (a collection of about 35 poems) — and it’s my first solo book! Neoteny will be released at the end of this year! Here is my beautiful cover, … More Announcing My First Book!
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
Once again, it’s time to report on what I read this year. I set myself the Goodreads challenge of 35 books, and I read them all! As usual, the most memorable books get mini-reviews. And I’ve included links to the two full-length reviews I wrote this year. Sprinkled throughout this list you’ll find my favorite books … More 35 in 2018
Each semester I share with students a list of the books and articles that I have used to develop the methods and concepts for my courses. Some may see this as pretentious — me handing them a long list and saying “Look how much I’ve read!” I don’t have a problem with that: scholars and … More Bibliography as Invitation
Yesterday I read poetry at JaxbyJax 2018, and it was an absolute blast! Chris Gabbard and I read in the Whiteway Realty conference room, a cozy space that offered many lighting options for me. I read best under dim lights, and every time I plan to read in public, I worry about whether the … More Clips from JaxbyJax 2018!