A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 8     Issue 3     September 2014

Essays and Fiction in This Issue

Three very different essays are included in this issue of Wordgathering. Caitlin Hernandez's personal essay "Portals" lends depth to this issue's consideration of the work of blind writers by demonstrating how an essay can make use of tactile imagery to provide a very different reading experience from the sight-oriented imagery that most readers are so used to. Appropos to that effort, Hernandez provides an audio recording of her work. Katie Murphy addresses incoming college students who have disabilities to look to the efforts of disability pioneers in history as a means of encouragement in asserting their own rights. Finally, as it's title, "The Truth That Brings Untold Stories from the Past", make clear, Michael Uniacke's essay describes how a history recorded by able-bodied historans can be re-examined and given a new perspective through rebirth in fiction. Uniacke uses, as an example, his research into the history of deaf culture to form the basis of his fiction.

As Uniacke points out, many people will read and learn from fiction who would never be interested in a non-fiction work about disability. Because of that, increasing the store of fiction that readers and educators have to draw on is an important task of this journal. Here are short stories by two writers, Greg Gibson and Susan M. Silver, who make their first appearance in Wordgathering.

Wordgathering welcomes submissions of literary essays and disability fiction. Writers should check the submissions guidelines for details before sending their work.


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