F288. Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Readings by Three Writers with CP

Room 612, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Building on the theme of the recent bestselling book, Don’t Call Me Inspirational, three successful women writers with cerebral palsy will read from their work including poetry, memoir, and literary columns. Readings will highlight the diversity of their writings while countering stereotypes and illuminating the multi-faceted nature of a literary life with CP.


Michael Northen edits Wordgathering, A Journal of Disability and Poetry and is co-editor of the anthology Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. For fourteen years he has facilitated the Inglis House Poetry Workshop for writers with disability.

Ona Gritz is a prize-winning poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in the Utne Reader, More magazine, Ploughshares, and many other journals and anthologies. She is a columnist for Literary Mama and the author of two children's books. Her poetry collection, Geode, is due out this coming winter.

Harilyn Rousso is a disability activist, feminist, psychotherapist, writer, and painter. Considered one of the “founding mothers” of the U.S. disabled women’s movement, she is the author of numerous publications on gender and disability, including Disabled, Female and Proud!, and the memoir Don’t Call Me Inspirational.

Sheila Black

Anne Kaier


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center