S239. Poetry and Disability

Room 200 D&E, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In 2014, Poetry magazine published an exchange among four contemporary poets on the subject of poetry and disability. The exchange addresses writing about disability, ableism in the literary world, experiences with publishing and accessibility, and questions concerning disability, form, and embodiment. This panel discussion will continue the conversation begun in the exchange and will welcome participation of the audience through a Q&A.



Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine.

John Lee Clark is the editor of the anthologies Deaf American Poetry and Deaf Lit Extravaganza. His latest title is Where I Stand: On the Signing Community and My DeafBlind Experience. His poems and essays have appeared in many publications. 

Jim Ferris is author of the poetry collections Slouching Towards Guantanamo, Facts of Life, and The Hospital Poems. Past president of the Society for Disability Studies, he holds the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies at the University of Toledo.

Jillian Weise is the author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex, The Colony, and The Book of Goodbyes, which won the 2013 Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. She teaches at Clemson University.


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