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Periodically Speaking: Changing the Literary Landscape: Writing & Publishing the Disabled Voice



Join us for a conversation and brief readings among writers and editors working to make the disabled voice heard. 

Hear five leading disability-focused writers and publishers reflect on, argue about, and discuss the growing canon of literature around disability, and how and where it's being published. Learn what's important to know when reading and discussing the literature of disability:  Which disabled writers might we be reading right now? How can publishers be more inclusive of disabled writers and perspectives? Is it okay to use the term "crip lit" if you're not disabled yourself? What are Disability Studies scholars talking about right now? Who is this literature for? What might non-disabled writers keep in mind when writing on disability? How is the world changing for disabled people in the arts in 2017?
Featured Panelists:
Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Social Difference. The author of three books, most recently Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press 2013), she has also published numerous academic articles and book reviews.
Jennifer Bartlett is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image (UNM Press, 2007), (a) lullaby without any music (Chax Press, 2012) and Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography (theenk Books, 2014). She also co-edited, with Sheila Black and Michael Northen, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011)Bartlett has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Fund for Poetry and the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.
Jen Hyde is the Assistant Poetry Editor for Bellevue Literary Review and the author of Hua Shi Hua (华画诗) Drawings & Poems from China (Ahsahta Press, 2017). She is currently at work on Murmur, a 2016 finalist for the Creative Capital Grant in Literature.
Laura Pegram is the Editor-in-Chief of Kweli Journal and an author, educator, and jazz vocalist. She has also worked as a Development Associate at Scholastic Productions, Inc., an Instructor at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center and Acting Director / Instructor at the John Oliver Killens Young Writers Program. 
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a partially deafblind writer and disability advocate living and working in New Jersey. She's the assistant editor at Fireside Fiction Magazine. Her nonfiction can be found across the internet, including at TerribleMinds, XOJane and her own site, Feminist Sonar. She teaches at Writing the Other, and speaks at universities and conferences on the topic of disability. Her fiction work can be found in two anthologies: Upside Down (Apex Book Company, 2017) and Ghost in the Cogs (Broken Eye Books, 2015).