F301. Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


The Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus allows for those who are disabled or living with chronic illness, and their allies, to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life. By meeting annually at the AWP conference, we aim to archive our interests, challenges, and concerns in order to increase our visibility and emphasize our importance both to this organization and to the communities where we live, teach, and work.


Jim Ferris is author of poetry collections Slouching Towards Guantanamo, Facts of Life, and The Hospital Poems. Past president of the Society for Disability Studies, he holds the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies at the University of Toledo.

Sheila Black coedited Beauty Is a Verb: New Poetry of Disability and The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability. Her most recent poetry collection is Iron, Ardent. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry selected by Philip Levine.

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She is the 2017–2018 Jeff Baskin Writers fellow at the Oxford American magazine.

Ellen McGrath Smith writes poetry, hybrid forms, and flash fiction, and has published in numerous journals in the US and in Canada. She teaches writing, literature, and composition at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books of poetry include Scatter, Feed, and Nobody's Jackknife.

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.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside