The Disability Literature Consortium is dedicated to the publication and dissemination of work by writers with disabilities. Below is a description of the journals who take part in the consortium. If you have been published in one of these journals take a look at one of the others. While all of us are working together, we are each a bit different.
Now an online journal, Kaleidoscope was the first magazine to creatively explore the experience of disability through the lens of literature and fine arts. When Kaleidoscope began publishing in 1979, disability was generally viewed and written about from a clinical, rehabilitative, or sociological perspective. Kaleidoscope publishes personal essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and book reviews written by people who live with the experience of disability and chronic illness as well as those who are closely involved with and affected by these particular kinds of journeys ( i.e. parents, siblings, spouses, friends, educators, healthcare professionals). We accept work from writers with and without disabilities, but writers without disabilities must focus on some aspect of disability experience. Our visual artists are all individuals with disabilities. The aims of Kaleidoscope include presenting effective, powerful writing and art to our readers that challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes while educating and increasing awareness and demonstrating that any disability or chronic illness is just one part of a person’s identity. Kaleidoscope publishes twice a year, in January and July at http://www.udsakron.org/kaleidoscope/issues.aspx.
Breath and Shadow
In 2003, Sharon Wachsler was writing for abilitymaine, a socially progressive activist organization in Maine. Each time she wrote about various aspects of her/others disability, readers asked for more. So in 2004, Breath and Shadow was born. The idea was to start a journal of literature and culture written and edited exclusively by people with disabilities. And not just physical disabilities, but to feature writing by children and adults; people with physical, mental, emotional, and sensory disabilities; and new/emergent and established writers. We publish work by people without extensive formal education and those whose cognitive or emotional disabilities might spark nontraditional forms of expression. In short, we embrace a “disability aesthetic” — work that may or may not be about disability, but that is informed by the author’s experience of disability. Breath and Shadow is a quarterly publication, with issues coming out on Jan 15, April 15, July 15 and Oct 15. The website iswww.abilitymaine.org/breath, and the email is email@example.com.
Wordgathering is an online quarterly journal of disability poetry, literature and art dedicated to providing a venue where the new work of writers with disabilities can be found and to building up a core of work for those interested in disability literature. While it gives preference to the work of writers with disability, it seeks the well-crafted work of any writer that makes a contribution to the field. It avoids “inspirational” work, tales of overcoming and work that evokes pity or perpetuates stereotypes. Wordgathering also reviews new books by writers with disabilities and offers interviews with those working in the field of disability literature and art. The journal began in 2007 as an outgrowth of the work of the Inglis House Poetry Workshop for writers with disabilities. Wordgathering can be found at www.wordgathering.com. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine is a literary journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field that enhances healthcare through the effective communication and understanding between caregivers and patients. The word intima itself has an anatomical reality: It is the infinitesimally thin layer lining a blood vessel, where the vehicle and its cargo meet, speeding blood to the heart and brain, an apt analogy for narrative as we define it. The name Intima has a specific resonance in the field: Narrative Medicine defines itself as the intimate interface between two people, one as healer, one as being healed, who both yield and gain from the experience of the clinical ncounter. Intima was created in 2010 by a group of graduate students in the Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University; currently, the editorial board is made up of doctors, nurses, writers, editors and philophers, half of them affiliated with the Columbia program. The first issue of Intima was Fall 2011; two issues a year are produced, along with a weekly blog, called Crossroads, essay contests, book reviews and events with Bowery Poetry Center in New York City. See Intima at http://www.theintima.org/.
Deaf Poets Society
The Deaf Poets Society is an online journal that publishes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews of disability-focused books and events, interviews/miscellany, and art by writers and artists with disabilities. Founded in 2016, the editors seek to highlight work that investigates the complexities of disability experience across identities, including (but not limited to) the intersections between disability and race, disability and gender, disability and sexuality, disability and class, disability and immigration, and so on. In this way, the overall goal of The Deaf Poets Society is to develop and deepen the conversation about disability as it affects people from different backgrounds. For more on our vision, check out our manifesto published earlier this summer in Drunken Boat, or read our first and second issues at www.deafpoetssociety.com.
If our bodies are oppressed by an outside force, we are “written over.” Rogue Agent wants to retaliate. Rogue Agent wants reconciliation. Rogue Agent wants to share your stories about the poem that is the body. We are an online literary journal devoted to poetry and artwork that investigates the experience of living in the body. We publish monthly, launching on the first of each month. The journal’s aesthetic uses the body as an anchoring point, but is open to a variety of interpretations, encouraging intersectionality. Past contributors have written about race, gender/sexuality, dis/ability, body image, motherhood, and more. We want to be surprised by your elegance and stunned by your forthrightness. We want to be impressed with your craft and your commitment. Check us out at rogueagentjournal.com.