Crip Time in Pandemic Times

Friday, March 25, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:10 pm


As we emerge into a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, conversations continue about how time felt different this past year. A key part of those conversations has been the concept of “crip time,” a disability community term that entered the mainstream this year. Crip time offers both liberation from rigid time schedules and constriction within the limits of disabled bodies and minds. These five disabled authors will speak to the reality of crip time in pandemic times.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2021_Crip_Time_Panel_Event_Outline.pdf



Emily Rose Cole is the author of the full-length poetry collection Thunderhead and the chapbook Love & a Loaded Gun, a collection of persona poems in women's voices. She holds an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.

Ellen Samuels is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her writing recently appeared in Brevity, Copper Nickel, Colorado Review, Rogue Agent, and Disability Visibility. She is the author of a verse memoir, Hypermobilities, and is working on a nonfiction book titled "Sick Time."

Travis Chi Wing Lau

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-Sized and On That One-Way Trip to Mars. She is queer, disabled, and serves as cochair of OutWrite, Washington, D.C.'s annual LGBTQ literary festival, and on the Board of Split This Rock, a nonprofit cultivating poetry that bears witness to injustice.

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet and writer. K. has featured in New York Times, PBS News Hour, the Rumpus, VIDA Review, and Race Forward. They are a MacDowell and Lambda Literary Fellow. Their book, More Than Organs, received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Award and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist.


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