F129. The Future Is Accessible

Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


In this panel, five accessibility experts, all disabled women, will discuss the importance of making the writing community more accessible for all types of bodies and minds. The panelists will address why disability justice is an important framework for writers seeking intersectional social justice, and we will offer concrete, specific suggestions to make future readings, literary events, graduate programs, and conferences more accessible spaces.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Future_Is_Accessible_Panel_Outline.pdf



Emily Rose Cole is the author of a Love & a Loaded Gun, chapbook of persona poems in women's voices. She holds an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is currently a PhD student in poetry and disability studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Jess Silfa is an Afro Latinx, disabled, and queer writer and poet. They graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s in psychology and are currently working on their first novel about a tight-knit immigrant community as well as a chapbook of poems about the body.

Alice Wong is the Founder of the Disability Visibility Project. She is a copartner in DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers, and #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats. Alice is also the editor of Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People.

Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Count the Waves, and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir. She edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center