Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus

One of the achievements for disability literature last year at AWP was the establishment of the disability caucus.  Since last April, the board of the caucus has been working hard for greater representation and improved conditions at the AWP.  The results are obvious in the greatly increased numbers of disability-related panels and readings at this years convention in Washington, DC where later this week the caucus will  hold its second meeting  as the Disabled D/deaf writers caucus.

The meeting will be taking place Friday evening, from 6-7:15 PM in room 101 of the Washington Convention Center.  All disabled or D/deaf writers are invited to attend. Click the following link  for a complete agenda: http://www.wordgathering.com/caucus.docx.

 

Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus

Books at the Disability Literature Consortium

It is one week away from the AWP Conference in Washington, DC, and once again the Disability Literature Consortium will have a booth that is totally dedicated to disability-related literary writing, including the work of over fifty authors.  We will be at booth 597 in the vendors hall.

Because of the wide variety of work we are carrying, some of you may want to take a look at the work we will have on hand ahead of time.  You can find a list, organized by literary genre, at  http://www.wordgathering.com/DisLitBooks2017.

We hope to see you there.

Books at the Disability Literature Consortium

Three New DisabilityAnthologies

The recent proliferation of books by writers with disabilities is indeed encouraging.  Last year, the Disability Literature Consortium launched a first of its kind booth at AWP in Los Angeles providing work by over fifty different writers.  In the face of so much choice, it might be difficult for those who are new to disability literature or who have only limited time to read to know where to begin.  One solution to this problem comes in the form of anthologies.

During the last few months, three new disability literary anthologies have been published that give prospective readers a chance for a substantial sampling of writers whose work the might want to seek out further. The first of these, and the one that casts the broadest net is Dozen:  The Best of Breath and Shadow.  As many reading this will know, Breath and Shadow is a quarterly journal of disability literature,  second only to Kaleidoscope in the length of time that it has been publishing. In this anthology,  B & S editor Chris Kuell has selected poetry, fiction and personal essays that have appeared in his journal.   Many in the disability writing community who open the cover will immediately recognize the work of their colleagues.

A collection that takes a somewhat narrower approach is The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability.  This anthology, edited by Sheila Black, Michael Northen and Annabelle Hayse is the first ever to be dedicated solely to short stories written by writers with disabilities.  The book includes work by Thom Jones, Anne Finger, Dagoberto Gilb, and Stephen Kuusisto as well as lesser known writers.  Each writer makes a brief comment on the significance of their story for disability.

The final collection Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability  is another  first of its kind.  Edited by Michelle Jarman, Leila Monaghan and Alison Quaggin  Harkin, it is created to introduce undergraduate students to the vast realm of disability experience through allowing those who live with disability to related their own stories.  The editors offer these narratives as a counterbalance to the more medicalized approaches to disability that many students encounter.

Together, these three anthologies do much to enrich the field of disability literature.  The first two will be available at the Disability Literature Consortium booth at this year’s AWP conference, which runs from Feb. 8-11 in Washington, DC.

 

 

Three New DisabilityAnthologies