F208. The Strengths of Complexity and the Power of Limitations: Writers on Disability

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


These authors are diverse in identities and disability, but each of them writes in a way that confronts what is considered normal. Their work includes the resilience of a ferociously ambitious self, the spiritual experience of a day-to-day life that can be a tug of war between chaos and order, the sometimes funny in using a wheelchair, and essential connections to the natural world, as well as an exploration of the intersection between disability, queerness, race, culture, and desire. The reading will be followed by a moderated discussion between the panelists. This event will be live streamed on Friday, March 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on https://www.awpwriter.org/.



Sarah Einstein is an Asst. Professor of Creative Writing at UT Chattanooga. Her book, Mot: A Memoir was selected for the AWP Prize in CNF for 2014. She's the Special Projects Editor for Brevity and her work has appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, and other journals & been awarded a Pushcart Prize.

Sandra Gail Lambert's books include A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir and a novel, The River's Memory. She is a NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and a co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices:The Intimacy of Survival. Lambert has been published in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and Brevity.

Esmé Weijun Wang, author of the novel The Border of Paradise, was chosen by Granta as a Best of Young American Novelists in 2017. She received the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize in 2016, and has written essays for publications including The Believer, The New Inquiry, and Salon.

Naomi Ortiz is a facilitator, writer, poet, and visual artist. Caring about the world should not burn us out. Ortiz's book, Sustaining Spirit: Self Care for Social Justice, explores with readers how self-care can work in everyday life by examining relationships between ourselves, community, and place. She is a Disabled Mestiza (Latina/Indigenous/White) who was raised in Latinx culture and lives in the U.S./Mexico borderlands. For speaking/workshops on self-care, disability justice, and living in multiple worlds, visit: NaomiOrtiz.com. Twitter: @ThinkFreestyle. Instagram: NaomiOrtizWriterArtist


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