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Climate change planning must include the disabled 🌍♿

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Update: Read my feature on climate change and disability in the January issue of Entropy Inherited. Sneak peek: I have an essay on the intersections of climate change and disability coming out in the January issue of Entropy Inherited, a monthly climate newsletter run by Denali Sai and Natalie Kiley. Entropy Inherited is a monthly climate newsletter […]

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The power of sharing secrets

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Earlier this summer, I attended a zine-making workshop at East City Books, held by The Lily News. The Lily, a product of The Washington Post, is an all-woman run newspaper, based on the first U.S. newspaper edited by and for women, which was published from 1849-1853. The Lily was the first U.S. newspaper by women. We’re […]

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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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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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Coming out about my invisible disability

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Last month, I had an article published in The Mighty called “Why I’m Coming Out About My Invisible Disability.” The Mighty is an online site, an online community, that publishes stories by people with disabilities, diseases, mental illnesses, and more. Its Who We Are Page states, “Having a disability or disease doesn’t have to be […]

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Worthy bodies: Highlighting disabled writers in District Lit

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District Lit, the journal I’m the Poetry Editor for, recently published our Disability Issue. These writers and artists share their raw truths about living with disabilities, chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical treatments. They share intimate medical histories, fears, hopes, pain, and scars. These are important voices, and I’m so excited and honored to share […]

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Summer reading ☀️📚

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I love summer for countless reasons. There’s more time to lounge and read, the days grow longer, my birthday falls in the summer. My spirits are always higher in this season — something about the warmth of the sun on my skin, the fireflies lighting up the night. When I was a kid, summer vacation […]

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Interview in Wordgathering

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I was recently interviewed in Wordgathering’s June issue! Editor Mike Northen asked great, difficult questions, including: how I see my role as an editor, what I look for when reading poems for District Lit, how literary magazines can be more accessible to all writers/readers, disability science poetry as a genre, and more. Read the full interview […]

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Poems in Daughter Literary Magazine

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I’m so excited to have two poems in Daughter’s inaugural issue. Daughter, a new literary magazine focusing on sharing the voices of women or female-identifying people, calls itself a lit mag for all women. The poems included are “This isn’t a poem about motherhood” and “Recipe to reduce pain.” “This isn’t a poem about motherhood” (pg. 22-23) is […]

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Poems in The Deaf Poets Society’s ‘Crips In Space’ issue

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I’m over the moon about The Deaf Poets Society’s newest issue, called “Crips In Space,” which includes eight of my poems. The journal, its editors, and these writers/artists are bringing disability and the disabled into the final frontier. Make sure to read the editor’s note to see how the idea for a #CripsInSpace issue formed. […]

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District Lit seeks work for our Disability, Medicine, and Illness issue

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District Lit is currently accepting poetry and creative nonfiction for our themed issue on Disability, Medicine, and Illness. We have Jen Stein Hauptmann, Assistant Editor at Rogue Agent, as a guest judge reading for this issue. While District Lit is always open to work from writers with disabilities, this themed issue will highlight poetry and nonfiction about living with […]

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That’s a wrap on AWP 2017

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Wow. AWP is over. I am exhausted, and sick (who gave me this cold?!), and heartened by the writing community I’m a part of. This was my first AWP, and it is just as massive as it sounds. About 15,000 writers, editors, publishers, university professors, etc. attended. It’s like an entire city converging on D.C. […]

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AWP is next week!

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I’m so excited for AWP. It’ll be my first time at the enormous conference that brings writers and editors of literary magazines together. The week will be packed with panels, readings, difficult and necessary discussions, and more. I’m looking forward to widening my writing community, making new friends, and meeting writers and editors from all […]

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Literary goals for 2017

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I’m starting off January strong! This month, I’ll be participating in two online writing workshops. I’m so grateful I was included in each, and can’t wait to begin what’s going to be a challenging, writing- and reading-filled month. The first workshop is Lit Mag Love, taught by Rachel Thompson, an online course on how to research, find, […]

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2016 reflections

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Some 2016 accomplishments I’m proud of: Bottlecap Press published my book On that one-way trip to Mars. More of my disability-themed poetry was published. Thanks The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, The Fem, Wordgathering, Words Dance, and others. I got to talk to so many amazing young scientists and women in STEM for stories with Society […]

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Three poems in Noble/Gas Quarterly

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Noble/Gas Quarterly published three of my poems today in their 203.4 issue. I’m honored to be included with so many other great writers. “Application to NASA” is a retelling of my previous poem “On that one-way trip to Mars.” It’s my way of calling NASA out for its height restrictions, of blaming my bone disorder from keeping […]

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Tabling with my sister at the DC Art + Book Fair

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My sister Hannah and I were accepted into the first ever DC Art + Book Fair! We’ll be sharing a table showcasing our art and writing on November 12 at Lab 1270 in Washington, D.C. There will be dozens of incredible artists, zines, writers, and more! Hannah will be selling her hand cut bookmaking and journals. A […]