Disability Futures in the Arts

“Disability Futures in the Arts” is a vibrant project on the disability arts and culture, sponsored by a prestigious grant awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a component of this three-year, multi-project grant, Special Guest Editor, Prof. Kenny Fries, will curate and edit a series of 15 invited essays by disabled artists to be published in Wordgathering—in three sections (five essays, each) and sequences (the December 2020 issue, the Winter 2021 issue, and during the winter of 2022-23). Read more about this groundbreaking initiative with Prof. Fries, in the Syracuse University News story.

The first five essays and accompanying introduction by Prof. Fries were published in the December 2020 issue of Wordgathering, and they are as follows:

The second five essays and accompanying introduction by Prof. Fries were published in the Winter 2021 issue of Wordgathering, and they are as follows:

Each of the essays in “Disability Futures in the Arts” is accompanied by an audio recording. Prof. Meg Day’s essay is also accompanied by a video recording of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of the work–with our thanks to ASL interpreter, Emily Phipps, NIC, and to Prof. Day. As with all other visual content that is published in Wordgathering, image descriptions / descriptive captions are provided wherever images appear within the essays.


“Disability Futures in the Arts” is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des arts du Canada.

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Wordgathering is open to work that makes a contribution to disability literature. Writers interested in submitting essays for publication consideration should first send a query to wordgathering@syr.edu describing the proposed piece and how it relates to disability literature. Please submit work only after receiving editorial confirmation regarding submission(s). For more information, please visit our Submission Guidelines.