R228. Crip Lit: Writing Our Truths

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Disabled writers and writers with chronic illness explore #criplit and how vital it is in a time when the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid/Medicare, and disability rights are threatened. This panel will focus on how disabled writers, who have typically had fewer publishing opportunities than able-bodied writers, are speaking our own truths, writing main characters with disabilities, using forms and hybrid work to accommodate their bodies and creating literary communities that showcase these voices.



Minadora Macheret is a poetry editor for Devilfish Review and is starting a PhD in creative writing at the University of North Texas in the fall. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of the body, disability, and multiculturalism.

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-Sized and On That One-Way Trip to Mars. She lives in Washington, DC and serves as the poetry editor of District Lit. Marlena uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Find her at marlenachertock.com or @mchertock.

Nicole Oquendo is a nonbinary writer, artist, editor, educator, and translator specializing in multimodal composition. She is the author of four chapbooks, a hybrid memoir, and a visual poetry collection. She serves the writing community by editing for a small press and literary journal.

Suzanne Bair is a disabled multigenre writer, photographer, and community advocate. She is the founder and lead writer of Accessible Family Travel. Her previous work can be seen in Tiny Tim Literary Review, North Sound Life, and North End Metro magazines. She is currently pursuing her MFA at WCSU.

Jill Khoury edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art, teaches in the Young Writers Institute and Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, and has three collections of poetry, Borrowed Bodies, Chance Operations, and Suites for the Modern Dancer.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center