F171. The Future is Disabled: A Reading of Disabled Writers on What's Next

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Disabled writers have been historically ignored, but with the growing awareness of “CripLit” gaining mass and the disability movement demanding “nothing about us without us,” the importance of disabled writers looking forward with their work cannot be overstated. In this reading, four Deaf and/or disabled writers share excerpts from their recently published books or works in progress. The future of disability literature, freed from the shackles of ableism, starts here.



Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of over twenty books, encompassing poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama. Titles include Flannelwood, The Kinda Fella I Am: Stories, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. A Lambda Literary Award finalist, he has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize.

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry: Crumb-sized and On that one-way trip to Mars. She uses her skeletal dysplasia as a bridge to scientific poetry. Marlena lives in Washington, DC and serves as Communications Coordinator for the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.

Avery M. Guess is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. A PhD student at the University of South Dakota, her chapbook The Patient Admits is available now, and The Truth Is, a full-length collection of poetry, is forthcoming. She is the assistant poetry editor for South Dakota Review.

Dorothy Palmer


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