A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 13     Issue 1     March 2019

Essays and Fiction in this Issue

This issue's prose selections include two short stories and six essays. We're pleased that the essays are diverse and reflect the wide range of topics and concerns of disability literature. Poet Jane Joritz-Nakagawa returns with the second of her essays on fibropoetics, this one introducing her experiences with cancer into the conversation. Roy Wahlberg, a neurodiverse poet who has been in prison for the past 30 years offers the first in a series about his unique development as a writer. Karen Christie teams up with artist Nancy Rourke to present both a textual and visual portrait of Laura Redden, one of the first Deaf American poets. Robert J. Farley examines the portrayal of disability in Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi's short story, "I used to Count my Friends on my Fingers." Philosopher Shelley Tramain describes the impetus for her recent book Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disabililty. Finally, Wordgathering editor Michael Northen, shares information about the Disability Literature Consortium's upcoming reading at AWP with sample work from the poets who will be reading.

The two pieces of short fiction in this issue both come from returning writers. Paul Hostovsky's tale is an irreverent look at the origin of the ASL sign for marijuana. Serbian-born Ana Vidosavljevic returns to her roots to provide a short idyll in Belgrade.

Wordgathering is always open is also new disability-related short fiction and essays that make a contribution to disability literature. Please check the journal Submission Guidelines. Queries can be addressed to comments@wordgathering.com.


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