A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 9     Issue 3     September 2015

Book Reviews in this Issue

covers of four books being reviewed

It is always a pleasure to be able to announce a first for disability literature; this issue of Wordgathering has that opportunity. Kathryn Allan and Dibril Al-Ayad's Accessing the Future is the first anthology dedicated solely to science fiction short stories about disability. The review of the collection in this journal gives readers a ground floor glance at an emerging genre. Five other works are also reviewed, Mich Grabois' novel Two-headed Dog and four very different collections of poetry. The poetry comes from Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, MaryAnn L. Miller, John C. Mannone and Curtis Robbins – all poets whose work has previously appeared in Wordgathering.

In addition to these new books, another upcoming event should be exciting to writers with disabilities. That is the formation of the Disability Literature Consortium, a group that will be representing the literary work of writers with disabilities at the 2016 AWP conference in Los Angeles. The interview with Sean Mahoney in this issue provides a detailed discussion.

The book reviewers for the September 2015 issue are Linda Cronin, Erin Kelly and Maura Madden. Wordgathering welcomes hearing from writers who are interested in writing book reviews and writers or publishers interested in having a disability-related book reviewed. For the latter, please send a query, briefly describing the book.


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