Disability Futures in the Arts – December 2020

This issue includes the inauguration of “Disability Futures in the Arts,” a vibrant, new 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 (during December 2020, 2021-22, and 2022-23). Read more about this groundbreaking initiative with Prof. Fries, in the Syracuse University News story.

We are thrilled and honored to bring into the world the first glorious five of these 15 essays, accompanied by an introductory essay by Prof. Fries. These five essays are intellectually and emotionally cutting-edge; they are deep, iconoclastic, and engaging. Readers are likely to be affected by the brilliant variety of authorial styles as well as by the work’s individual and collective excellence.

Each of the following sections is accompanied by an audio recording of that section.

Contents include:

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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.