“Disability Futures in the Arts” is a vibrant project on the disability arts and culture that is sponsored by a prestigious grant awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a component of this three-year, multi-project grant, 2020-2023 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 during three sequences (2020, 2021-22, and 2022-23). Accompanied by audio recordings of each work, the first five of these groundbreaking essays, along with Prof. Fries’s contemplative introduction, can be found in the December 2020 issue of Wordgathering.
“Disability Futures in the Arts” is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des arts du Canada.
An exciting series of free, online creative writing workshops crafted especially for teens with disabilities, Numberless Dreams is taught by professional writers who are themselves disabled. This series is coordinated by the Syracuse YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and Nine Mile Press, and is made possible with the support of the Gifford Foundation, Onondaga County, and CNY Arts. Selections of students’ work will appear in futures issues of Wordgathering. Complete details and brochure for the current session can be found online.
The World on Fire: Ecology, Poetry, & Disability Justice: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion
An unforgettable evening of readings and dialogue among distinguished poets and the young poets of tomorrow, this collaborative, public, online event on March 30, 2021 centered and celebrated a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words at the intersection of disability and climate justice. The World on Fire was presented as a part of the National Poetry Coalition’s exploration of the theme, “It is burning./It is dreaming./ It is waking up.: Poetry & Environmental Justice.” Presented by Theater of War Productions, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute, Nine Mile Art Corp, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, and The International Writing Program. An accessible video recording can be found online.
The Wordgathering team and our collaborators were proud to host torrin a. greathouse for an online poetry reading and discussion on March 25, 2021. A transgender, cripple-punk, MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota, torrin is the recipient of a prestigious National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) fellowship. Their debut collection, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, winner of the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry, was published in 2020 by Milkweed Editions. Visit https://www.torringreathouse.com/ for more information. This event was made possible with generous support from our co-sponsors at Syracuse University: LGBTQ Studies, Disability Studies, the LGBTQ Resource Center, the MFA Program in Creative Writing, the Department of English, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.