The Chronic: Medicine and the Body in Writing

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


Writing into chronic illness is an act of liberation. Through multiple genres—poetry, essays, and fiction—five award-winning writers with chronic illnesses explore their first-hand experiences of navigating disabilities, both visible and invisible, to reclaim their narratives, re-storying their lives against the multiple erasures enacted against them. The reading speaks back against ableist recovery and cripspiration stories.

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_2023_The_Chronic_Reading.pdf



Anjoli Roy is the author of Enter the Navel: For the Love of Creative Nonfiction, and cohost of It's Lit, a literature and music podcast that has featured more than 100 writers to date. With a PhD in English from the University of Hawai‘i, she is a VONA alum and a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee.

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of three collections of poetry including Cutlish (Four Way Books, Finalist for the NBCC), a memoir, Antiman (Finalist for the PEN Open Book Award), and a collection of translations I Even Regret Night (Kaya Press, Winner of the HMLTA from the Academy of American Poets).

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier's debut novel is forthcoming from Holt in 2024, repped by Victoria Sanders & Associates. She is founding editor of Subnivean, SUNY Oswego's undergraduate-staffed literary publication. Her work has appeared in or won nods from HBO, Zoetrope-All Story, ZYZZYVA, Hyphen, and Story.

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.

A.H. Reaume is a disabled essayist and fiction writer who was published in Disability Visibility, an anthology of the best personal essays about disability, and wrote a column about writing and disability for Open Book. She has been published in Longreads, This magazine, Time, and the Guardian.


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