S199. Writing With and About Dis/Ability, Dis/Order, and Dis/Ease

Room 208AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This panel, comprised of disabled, disordered, and diseased writers, examines the ways our lived experiences impact both what and how we write. Panelists discuss the problematic imperative to write overcoming narratives, the contradictions of writing beyond and into the stereotypes of disability, and the lack of access to writing programs, conferences, and literary community. They look at the ways radical “crip” writers are challenging these barriers, both in their work and as activists.



Sarah Einstein is an assistant professor of creative writing at UT Chattanooga. Her book, Mot: A Memoir, was selected for the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction for 2014. She's the special projects editor for Brevity and her work has appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, and other journals. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize.

Sandra Gail Lambert writes fiction and memoir. Her work has been published in New Letters, Brevity, Weekly Rumpus, the North American Review, Arts & Letters, DIAGRAM, Hippocampus, and Water~Stone. She has received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. The River's Memory is her debut novel.

Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. She teaches at Fairfield University.

Elizabeth Glass is a PhD student in humanities at the University of Louisville studying creative nonfiction, medical humanities, and disability studies. She writes memoir that often deals with mental, neurological, and physical disability issues.

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction: Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies and My Sister's Continent. She is a professor at the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert's MFA. She was the cofounder and longtime editor of Other Voices Books.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center