Dr. Carol Dweck’s research on fixed and growth mindsets applies to accessibility. A fixed mindset is when someone assumes that a situation cannot be changed or improved while a growth mindset moves forward with the belief that a situation can be improved. So if I am in a meeting and someone hands me a document … More Fixed vs. Growth Mindset: Accessibility
This weekend, I was thrilled to be a guest on Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass, a local podcast featuring interviews with Florida writers. My hosts, Darlyn Finch Kuhn and Brad Kuhn, welcomed me into their home studio for a warm and engaging conversation about writing, mentorship, and the habits of a creative life. We … More Guest on Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass
The September issue of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature is live! This is a very special issue for all of us who have worked on Wordgathering over the years: the last issue edited by our kind and capable Michael Northen. In 2013, my first published poems appeared in Wordgathering. Since then, Mike … More My work in the latest Wordgathering
Today I talked about Neoteny: Poems on News4Jax’s Morning Show. I got to discuss my love of teaching and the process of writing a book. Here’s the video. Thank you to everyone who has ordered a copy of my book – and to all who have liked and shared my posts! I am so encouraged … More Catch me on The Morning Show
As a writer, I often reread my own work. You might think this is out of pride or self-importance, but it really isn’t. I reread my own work to see if it holds up to the passing of hours, days, years. I write as much for myself as I do for a more public audience, … More Finalist for the 2018 Atlantis Award!
Poet, editor, and teacher Jill Khoury interviewed me for Issue 54 of Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry,. You’ll remember Jill from when we discussed the importance of online poetry workshops. I also reviewed her book Suites for the Modern Dancer, and we participated in a dialogue about blindness and writing. So what is … More My interview in Issue 54 of Rogue Agent!
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.