VIRTUAL: Writing Beyond Bone: Black and Brown Disabled Poetics

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


This event convenes sick and disabled poetics to center celebration, climate, and critical social justice in writing that pushes against devastation in our daily lives. Here, disabled Black and of color poets discuss nuanced and intricate connections to disability and their writing practice. In this event, we will showcase a vast and complex sick and disabled poetics that center dynamic approaches to collective creativity. This reading and dialogue aims to expand poetry amidst a U.S. landscape.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.



Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, writer, and A+ napper. K. has featured in the New York TimesPBS News HourThe RumpusVIDA Review, and RaceForward. 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.

Saleem Hue Penny (him/friend) is a Black disabled “rural hip-hop blues'' poet who punctuates his work with drum loops, field sounds, gouache, and birch bark. He works at Zoeglossia, edits at Bellevue Literary Review, performs with O | Sessions Black Listening cohort and is a proud Cave Canem fellow.

Walela Nehanda is a Black, queer, disabled, nonbinary cultural worker. Their debut title with Penguin Teen, Bless the Blood, is a cancer memoir in poetic form on navigating medical racism, ableism, transphobia, classism, and abuse. It will be released in February 2024.

Joselia Rebekah Hughes is a Best of Net nominated poet, access worker, and artist. She is a poetry editor at Apogee Journal. Her work has been featured in the Massachusetts Review, Split This Rock: The Quarry, The Whitney Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art: VCU, and elsewhere.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center