S254. Beyond Accommodation: Supporting Disabled Writers at Conferences and Residencies

Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


While people with disabilities are the largest minority group in America, making up twenty percent of the population, writers with disabilities are vastly underrepresented at conferences and residencies that are so often essential to career advancement. Join the founders and directors of Zoeglossia, BinderCon, Vermont Studio Center, and Split This Rock for a discussion on best practices for ensuring an event or residency is not only accessible—financially and logistically—but also inclusive.


Leigh Stein is the author of the memoir Land of Enchantment, a novel called The Fallback Plan, and a full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future. She is the cofounder and Executive Director of Out of the Binders.

Camisha Jones is managing director at Split This Rock, a national nonprofit focused on socially engaged poetry. A 2013 National Poetry Slam participant, her poems are in Rogue Agent, pluck!, Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions, and The Quarry, Split This Rock's online poetry database.

Ryan Walsh is the author of The Sinks. His poems appear in literary journals throughout the country. After teaching for several years in the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program, he is now writing program director at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Connie Voisine is faculty at New Mexico State University's MFA program, and is the author, most recently, of Calle Florista.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside