A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 11     Issue 3     September 2017

Interviews in this Issue

The two new interviews in this issue of Wordgathering attest to some of the important work that is being done by writers involved in disability. In the first, Sheila McMullin, poetry editor for So to Speak Journal, describes her role in mentoring middle school girls from Washington, DC in the creation and eventual publication of a novel that embodies their reaction to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida and the Black Lives Matter movement that grew out of it. The second interview discusses the creation and publication of the first ever anthology of UK disability poetry, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disbled Poets Write Back with the books editors Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka, and Daniel Sluman.

Dialogues such as the one among Alland, Barokka and Sluman can be an engaging way of learning what is going on in the world of disability literature. Moreover, over time they help to give those interested in the field a sense of how it has developed and from some of its key figures. Wordgathering has archived the dialogues it has pubished during its history. Here are some that readers may find interesting.

Many other interviews can be found by searching the interviews section in our "Author Index" and then locating them in our "Past Issues." Readers who know of people writing or working inthe field of disabilities that they would like to interview can contact us with their ideas to comments@wordgathering.com.


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