R285. Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus

Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
5:00 pm to 6:15 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.



Cade Leebron holds an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, American Literary Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.

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.

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 teaches at Kenyon College, where she is a 2019–2020 Kenyon Review Fellow.

Emily Rose Cole is the author of Love & a Loaded Gun, a 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.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center