As this Summer 2023 offering of Wordgathering (our 65th issue) comes to fruition, we are approaching the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Upon learning of Judy Heumann’s death in March, editor Diane R. Wiener put into the cyberspace ether a “call” for tributes to Judy, to be published in this issue of Wordgathering. Three powerful and heartfelt tributes to Judy are included in this issue: Kathi Wolfe’s Reading Loop (beginning with a fabulous, “badass” poem), and reflections and celebrations of Judy shared by Devva Kasnitz and Scott L. Lissner.
May Judy’s memory be for a blessing. May her memory be a revolution.
- Devva Kasnitz, Judy Heumann 1947-2023, May her memory be a blessing!
- Scott Lissner, Tribute
- Kathi Wolfe, Being a Badass