F161. Body of Work: Exploring Disability, Creativity, and Inclusivity

Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


What is the physical body’s relationship to the creative mind? Four writers with disabilities will discuss their writing lives, and how social progress and technology are transforming representations of the human body. What effect has this had on literature? Where do we read ourselves in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry? Our panelists will discuss whether or not literature is representing the current climate and how they have represented their own bodies in writing over time.



Eileen Cronin’s memoir, Mermaid, which is on O magazine's Best Memoirs of 2014, is translated into three foreign languages. She's published in Washington Post, Daily Beast, and in literary reviews. She won the Washington Writing Prize in fiction. She teaches writing, psychology, and performs in The Moth.

Sheila Black coedited Beauty Is a Verb: New Poetry of Disability. She is the author most recently of poetry collections Love/Iraq and Wen Kroy. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in poetry selected by Philip Levine.

T.K. Dalton's essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in Best of the Net, and appear in the Millions, Tahoma Literary Review, Pariahs Anthology, and others. Tim holds an MFA from the University of Oregon, and works as an ASL-English interpreter in New York.

Anne Finger is a writer of fiction—both short stories and a novel—as well as of creative nonfiction. Her short story collection, Call Me Ahab, won the Prairie Schooner Award. She has had four other books published and has held residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and Centrum.

Laurie Lindeen is the author of the memoir Petal Pusher. Her essays have appeared in anthologies, academic publications, and the Huffington Post. She teaches writing and literature at the University of St. Thomas, and is a college entrance exam coach. Visit her website at www.laurielindeen.org.


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