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The New York Times’ Disability section

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Since May, the New York Times has featured a Disability column, with essays, art, and opinion pieces by people living with disabilities. I have hungrily read these personal essays, nodding my head, hmm-ing, appreciating others sharing their world. Earlier this month, I read Molly Mccully Brown and Susannah Nevison’s piece, “Explaining Our Bodies, Finding Ourselves” (a sort of […]

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The power of translation

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Translating works of literature into another language is powerful. It opens up various communities to the book, poetry, play, essay, whatever the piece may be. It allows for new, varied perspectives for intermingling with and understanding the text. It offers different ways in. And, yes, translation is political. All writing is political. Novels are political. […]

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Profiled in Terp alumni magazine

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It’s an honor to be profiled in my alma mater’s alumni magazine Terp. Reporter Sala Levin interviewed me about why I write, the story behind Crumb-sized’s title, my hope for the book, and more. Like she wrote in the article, I really do hope that my creative writing will reach others who deal with chronic pain. Chronic […]

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Second annual D.C. Art Book Fair this weekend!

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This weekend, Sunday, November 5, I’ll be tabling with my sister again at the second annual D.C. Art Book Fair from 12-5 p.m at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It’s free to enter! I’ll be selling and signing copies of Crumb-sized and Hannah will be selling her Bodies Adapt creations. Last year, there were dozens of local and national […]

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Upcoming panel for #AWP18: Crip Lit: Writing Our Truths

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I am so excited to let you all know that I got a second panel into the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference! It’s a big deal, and an honor. AWP 2018 will only be my second time attending the conference, so I’m thrilled to be back and spreading awareness of disability, writers with disabilities, […]

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Puerto Rico begins rebuilding its electric grid

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The Hurricane that slammed into Puerto Rico last month was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Caribbean. Her eye spanned the entire island. I wrote about how Puerto Rico is beginning to rebuild its electrical grid for Electrical Contractor Magazine. After the storm wiped out an estimated 80-100 percent of its already aging […]

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How to make your literary magazine more inclusive

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After having this important conversation at AWP 2017 on how to make writing communities more inclusive to all of us, I decided to write up excerpts of our panel discussion and offer tips to editors of literary magazines. It was published yesterday in AWP’s The Writer’s Notebook. This is by no means an exhaustive list. […]

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Crumb-sized book giveaway 📖

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I’m hosting a book giveaway for a signed copy of Crumb-sized! Who will the lucky winner be? To enter, you’ll need to use Instagram. To participate: ⭐️ Follow me ⭐️ Like this photo ⭐️ Tag a friend in the comments The giveaway ends October 25th and is open to U.S. readers.   For another chance to win my […]

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On that one-way trip to Mars reviewed in Agape Editions

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My first book got some love today! Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, herself the author of three poetry collections, reviewed On that one-way trip to Mars in Agape Editions. Jennifer explains that with the book sectioned into planets in the solar system, reader(s) “quickly realizes how the poems reflect different characteristics of not only planets but people. Each planet possesses a different […]