DLC now a 501c3 Organization!

We are very pleased to announce that the Disability Literature Consortium (DLC) has received its new official status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization!

Our nonprofit status will help us sustain as a charitable organization so please, when we have one of our periodic AWP Fundraisers (attendance is expensive) consider donating.

Thank you for everything you do.

DLC now a 501c3 Organization!

Zoeglossia Retreat for Poets with Disabilities

Zoeglossia is announcing its call for fellows.

Zoeglossia is a literary organization that is seeking to pioneer an inclusive space for poets with disabilities. Much like its forbearers Canto Mundo, Kundiman, Cave Canem, Vona, and Lambda Literary, Zoeglossia strives to create an open and supportive community that fosters creativity for poets with disabilities.

During an annual, 3-day retreat, eight poets from all backgrounds will have the chance to workshop with established writers, and give and attend panel discussions and readings. Our yearly retreats aim to promote professional as well as artistic development.

Zoeglossia’s 3-day retreat will be held annually at the Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas. Poets with all forms of disabilities, ages 21 and over, are eligible to apply. Fellows, once accepted, are invited to attend two additional retreats within a five-year period.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST
APPLICATION FEE: $10 on the website: http://www.zoeglossia.org/donation to Zoeglossia (HOW?)
Attendance costs: Each fellow will be responsible for their transportation to and from San Antonio. There will also be a $200 tuition fee which goes toward food and lodging. If necessary, financial assistance may be applied for once accepted to the program. The fees are still being determined and are subject to change.

Teaching Faculty: Cecil Giscomb, Jennifer Bartlett, Ellen McGrath Smith

Who’s eligible:
• Poets with disabilities who live within the United States
• PoetsApplicants must be 21 years old andor older
Submission Guidelines:
To submit, please make a $10 donation on the Zoeglossia website:
Please submit the following to zoeglossia@gmail.com. All applications must appear in
one Word document or PDF with the applicant’s last name (underscore) first name
(Smith_Sally) as the name of the file.

Please include:
• Ten pages of poems
• c.v. (no longer than 2 pages)
• The name and contact information of two references
• Two-page statement of purpose detailing your interest in poetry and the disability community

Zoeglossia Retreat for Poets with Disabilities

Disability Poetics Seminar

This Thursday, October 18, an important event in disability literature will be taking place at the University of Pennsylvania: The Disability Poetics Symposium. As befits a university symposium there will be scholarly round tables on the work of Larry Eigner, disability and performance, and disability and experimental poetics. These will include nationally known writers such as Michael Davidson, Jennifer Bartlett, Camisha Jones and Charles Bernstein. There will also be public poetry readings with a heavy nod toward Philadelphia based poets like Dan Simpson, Anne Kaier, Brian Teare and Ona Gritz. It should be a great opportunity for anyone interested in disability poetry to see what the movement is all about. A schedule with specific information can be found at https://newdisabilitypoetics.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/schedule/

Disability Poetics Seminar

Whirling Prize for Disability Books

Opportunities for the work of writers with disabilities to have their published books recognized do not come along frequently so when they do, we need to take advantage of them

This fall, Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at the University of Indianapolis, will host the 2018 Whirling Prize. This is an annual competition for which students at UIndy select a theme and then judge the competition, selecting two books to honor. Student judges welcome books that have been published since January 2016 that are connected to the theme of disability. They are interested in reading books with a focus on disabilities either visible (manifesting in symptoms people see and respond to) or invisible (like mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities). All writers focusing on related topics of any genre are welcome to participate. The winners will receive a $500 cash prize and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed by students of Hullabaloo Press. The winners will also be featured in an episode of a literary podcast that will air in winter 2019, discussing their work and craft with the student judges. The postmark deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2018. If you have an eligible book and would like to participate, the guidelines may be found at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/whirling-prize/.

Though it has nothing specifically to do with disability writing, this coming winter, Etchings Press will also host the 2019 Chapbook Prizes in Poetry and Prose as well as its Novella Prize. UIndy students will read unpublished manuscripts and choose a winner in each category: chapbook of poetry, chapbook of prose, and a novella. The students will then edit, design, publish and promote the chapbooks and the novella. Mixed genre and multiple author manuscripts as well as all topics/themes are welcome. The deadline for these contests is Monday, January 28, 2019. Student editors are interested in editing and publishing authors in Indiana region; the students use a 370-mile circle around Indianapolis, as the relative mileage for regional literature. If you have an unpublished, eligible book and would like to participate in the contest, they may learn more about the guidelines and the 2018 winners, Chad V. Broughman (for the forsaken…), Robert Campbell (for In the Herald of Improbable Misfortune), and James R. Gapinski (for The Edge of the Known Busline), at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/chapbook-contest/.

Whirling Prize for Disability Books

Books Reviewed in Dis Lit Journals in the Past Year

In addition to the publication of new literary and art work, one of the services that the journals of the Disability Literature Consortium performs is to review new disability-related books. These are books by disabled writers or that involve concepts of disability and embodiment.

Below is a list of all of the works that have been reviewed by the members of the Dis Lit Consortium – Kaleidoscope, Breath and Shadow, Wordgathering, The Deaf Poets Society and Rogue Agent – that have been reviewed in the past year. The books are categories by literary genre, and listed alphabetically by author. Following each book, is the name and issue of publication in which the review appear. For ease in locating the reviews, at the end of the book lists is a list of the journals and the links to their websites.


Jay Besemer – Chelate [The Deaf Poets Society, January, 2017]
Molly McCully Brown – Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feeble- Minded [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Marlena Chertock On That One-Way Trip to Mars [Rogue Agent, August 2017]
Crumb-sized [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Claudia Cortese – The Wasp Queen [Rogue Agent, October 2017]
Barbara Crooker – Les Fauves[Wordgathering, December 2017]
Melissa Elifterion – Field Guide to Autobiography [Rogue Agent, September 2017]
Jessica Goody – Defense Mechanisms [Breath and Shadow, Fall 2017; Wordgathering, September 2017]
Ona Gritz and Daniel Simpson – Border Songs [Wordgathering, December 2017]
Avery Guess – The Patient Admits [Rogue Agent, February 2018; Wordgathering, December 2017]
Cynthia Hogue – In June, the Labrynth [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Andy Jackson – Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold [Wordgathering, March 2018]
Jenny Johnson – In Full Velvet [Rogue Agent, April 2018]
Camisha Jones – Flare [Rogue Agent, December 2017]
Marie Kane – Beauty You Drive a Hard Bargain [Wordgathering, December 2017]
Jen Karetnick – American Sentencing [Wordgathering, March 2018]
Jill Khoury – Suites for the Modern Dancer [The Deaf Poets Society, August, 2017]
Muriel Leung – Bone Confetti [Rogue Agent, July 2017]
Raymond Luczak – The Kiss of Walt Whitman is Still On My Lips [The Deaf Poets Society, January, 2017]
Shane Neilson – Dysphoria [Wordgathering, December 2017]
Jennifer Jackson Perry – The Feeder [Rogue Agent, June 2017]
DJ Savarese – A Doorknob for an Eye [Wordgathering, December 2017]
ire’ne lara silvo – Blood Sugar Canto [Rogue Agent, June 2017]
Christine Stewart-Nuñez – Bluewords Greening [Wordgathering, December 2017]


Meg Eden – Post High School Reality Quest [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Anne Finger – A Woman, In Bed [Wordgathering, March 2018]
Raymond Luczak – The Kinda Fella I Am [Wordgathering, March 2018]
Kristen Ringman – I Stole You [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Teen Writers of Beacon House – The Day Tajon Got Shot [Wordgathering, December 2017]
Kristen Witucki – Outside Myself [Wordgathering, March 2018]

    Memoir and Essay (Non-fiction)

Shahd Alshammari – Notes on the Flesh [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Anne Chiappettta – Follow Your Dog [Wordgathering, March 2018]
Eli Claire – Brilliant Imperfection [The Deaf Poets Society, August, 2017; Wordgathering, September 2017]
Christina Crosby – A Body Undone [The Deaf Poets Society, May, 2017]
Kelly Davio – It’s Just Nerves [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Michael Fredericks and Susan Silver – A Doctor’s Confession [Breath and Shadow, Fall 2017]
Kenny Fries – In the Province of the Gods [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Rosemarie Garland Thomson – Extraordinary Bodies [Breath and Shadow, Summer 2017; Wordgathering, September 2017]


Sandra Alland, Khaironi Barokka and Daniel Sluman – Stairs and Whispers: D/Disabled Poets Write Back [Wordgathering, September 2017]
Sheila Black, Michael Northen and Annabelle Hayse – The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability [Breath and Shadow, Spring 2017; Deaf Poets Society, May, 2017; Kaleidoscope, Winter 2017]
Christopher Jon Heuer – Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers [Breath and Shadow, Fall 2017; Wordgathering, September 2017]
Heather Taylor Johnson – Shaping The Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain[Wordgathering, March 2018]
Chris Kuell – Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow Breath and Shadow, Fall 2017]

Kaleidoscope, http://www.udsakron.org/kaleidoscope.aspx
Breath and Shadow, https://www.abilitymaine.org/breath
The Deaf Poets Society, https://www.deafpoetssociety.com/
Rogue Agent, http://www.rogueagentjournal.com/

Books Reviewed in Dis Lit Journals in the Past Year

New Issues of Five Dis Lit Journals

Now that Spring is here, all of the journals that make up the Disability Literature Consortium have had the chance to put out their first issue. Each is unique in its own way, but all provide opportunities for writers with disabilities and readers interested in what is happening in disability literature. It’s an old saw but true that for writers interested in submitting their work, the best strategy is to take a look at what these journals are publishing. The journals are listed here in order of the length of time they have been in existence, led off by Kaleidoscope, the venerable pioneer that got it all started.

Kaleidoscope – Though the journal includes a wide variety of genres this issue is noteworthy for the amount of disability short fiction that it includes. https://www.scribd.com/document/368944821/Issue-76-Life-s-Unpredictability

Breath and Shadow
– A nice mix of work, featuring many new writers. In this issue, the essay on disability fashion may be the most unique. https://www.abilitymaine.org/copy-of-fall-2017-issue

– Of particular note in this issue is the review of the movie Deej, and as always, this journal provides the largest variety of book reviews. http://www.wordgathering.com/

Rogue Agent – As usual, this issue is beautifully done, concentrating on art and poetry. It is also exceptional in providing links to important published poems in other journals. http://www.rogueagentjournal.com/

The Deaf Poets Society – very strong in art and poetry, this issue is noteworthy for the publication of global writers. https://www.deafpoetssociety.com/

New Issues of Five Dis Lit Journals