R160. CANCELLED: Cripping/Deafing the Book Tour

Status: Not Accepted

Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Many of us have been taught that in order to tour and promote our work we must be on the road for weeks, saying yes to every opportunity. This model is inaccessible for many disabled, chronically ill, Deaf, and neurodivergent writers (as well as other writers who parent, work, or just get tired). On this panel, four disabled and Deaf writers share the ways we've cripped and Deafed the book tour, innovatively publicizing without destroying our bodies or submitting to a lack of access.



Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. They are the author of Tonguebreaker, Care Work, Dirty River, Bodymap, Love Cake, and Consensual Genocide, and coeditor of Beyond Survival and The Revolution Starts at Home.

Aurora Levins Morales is an internationally known Puerto Rican Ashkenazi poet, essayist, and fiction writer. She's the author of seven books and her work appears in dozens of anthologies. Her writing is widely taught in many disciplines including disability studies.

Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet, visual artist, facilitator, and the author of Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice, a guide on self-care for diverse communities. She is disabled, Mestiza (Latina/Indigenous/White), raised in Latinx culture, and living in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

Meg Day is the 2015–2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level. Day is assistant professor of English & creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center