Call for Canadian Writers With Disabilities

Compared with their American and British counterparts, Canadian writers with disabilities have had relatively little opportunity to see their work featured in publications focusing on the work of writers from their own country.   Canadian poet Shane Neilson (the author of Dysphoria) is trying to help remedy this by leading a special of Hamilton Letters and Arts Magazine that forefronts the literary work of disabled Canadian writers.  The issue will appear in Fall of 2019 but the deadline for submitting work for the issue is April 29.  The link to submission guidelines and more detailed information is: https://halmagazine.wordpress.com/submit/submit-to-hal-magazine/

It is a great opportunity for Canadian writers to get their work before the public.  If all goes well with this issue, it will provide on step towards being able to see the Canadian equivalent to anthologies like Beauty is a Verb or Stair and Whispers.

Call for Canadian Writers With Disabilities

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