S277A. CANCELLED: Disabled Voices: Disfluent Writers Speak

Lila Cockrell Theatre, Henry B. González Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Sound and voice are vital elements of prose and poetry. Writers with speech disabilities (cerebral palsy, stuttering, and dystonia) discuss how their speaking voices have influenced their writing. This panel explores how vocal difference can serve as a catalyzing force in form, content, and performance across many genres, and discusses the realities of public speaking and publishing as a writer with a disability. Writers talk about their processes and make recommendations for further reading.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: awp_disfluency_panel_outline.pdf



Adam Giannelli is the author of Tremulous Hinge (winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize) and the translator of Diadem (a selection of prose poems by Marosa di Giorgio). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

Jennifer Bartlett is the author of three books of poetry and coeditor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.

Denise Leto is a poet, writer, and dance dramaturge. Her current project involves issues of voice and accessibility in ecopoetics. She wrote the poems for Your Body Is Not a Shark, a performance of vocal difference. With the art collective, Olimpias, she does cross-genre and disability culture work.

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Reality Hunger (30 "best books of 2010" mentions),The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), The Trouble with Men, and Nobody Hates Turmp More Than Trump. He is an NBCC finalist and his books appear in twenty-four languages.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center