Crip Lyric

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


How does crip literary writing convey intense personal emotion and experience while attending to social conditions for historical trauma, networks of care, access, and collective thriving in a way that a lyric "I" might shift toward a lyric "we"? In a reading and discussion, panelists center a poetics of queer-of-color disability and chronic illness by asking how cripping our attention to imagination, memory, dream, the senses, bodily rhythms, and environment disrupts the unified lyric subject.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Crip_Lyric_Event_Outline_for_upload.pdf



heidi andrea restrepo rhodes is a queer, brown, disabled poet, artist, cultural worker, and scholar. Her manuscript The Inheritance of Haunting was awarded the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019). She currently lives in southern California.

Gwendolyn Paradice is queer, hard of hearing, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. They write prose are the author of More Enduring for Having Been Broken (Black Lawrence Press) and coauthor of Carnival Bound (or, please unwrap me) (The Cupboard Pamphlet). They reside and teach in Kentucky.

Tala Khanmalek is a writer and scholar who teaches at CSU Fullerton. She was a VONA fellow, Anaphora Arts fellow, and Periplus Fellowship finalist and is currently a RAWI mentee. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Meridian, Barzakh, Zoeglossia, and Indiana Review.


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