R151. Singing the Body Electric: Praise for the Disabled Body

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In a culture saturated with harmful, ableist narratives about disabled people, it’s challenging to find positive representations of disability in fiction, poetry, and media. Worse, many of the popular (and often inaccurate) narratives that focus on disability are not written by or for disabled people. As a balm to this situation, this panel, composed entirely of disabled or neuroatypical authors, will read poetry and prose that praises the disabled body.


Emily Rose Cole holds an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati, where she studies disability poetics and teaches composition, creative writing, and pedagogy.

Jess Silfa is an MFA candidate and Truman Capote Fellow at Brooklyn College in New York. They are an Afro-Latinx disability and LGBTQ rights advocate. They are working on their first novel.

Cade Leebron is a writer and activist. She holds an MFA from Ohio State. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Rattle, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.

Avery M. Guess is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. A PhD student at the University of South Dakota, her poetry chapbook, The Patient Admits, is available from dancing girl press. The Truth Is, a full-length collection of poetry, is forthcoming.

Jillian Weise is the author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex, The Colony, and The Book of Goodbyes. Recent work appears in Boston Review, Poetry, and The New York Times. She teaches at Clemson University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside