A couple notes before today's post:
1. The Facebook group Poets and Writers with Disabilities has disappeared after some turmoil within it. Fear not, there has been discussion of a new group by some capable folks. I'll keep everyone posted.
2. There will be a post on Monday. Katharine Quarmby is giving a keynote address at the Nottingham Festival of Literature on disability portrayals in literature, and has graciously answered some questions for the blog.
It's that time again! Another round-up of links for disabled and/or neurodivergent poets and writers is here. But, unfortunately, I've pretty much run out. Unless any of you can think of any I'm missing. Please share!
1. #LiterarySpoons is a hashtag on Twitter where any disabled/neurodivergent writer can Tweet links to whatever they write, even blog posts! There is even a "showing" time where everyone can share. The next one is November 10th. Remember to use "trigger warnings" when applicable.
2. #ArtfulSpoons is a hashtag similar to #LiterarySpoons, with the difference being any form of art can be included I've seen some gorgeous jewelry, lush fabric creations, delicious-looking culinary delights, and more displayed. The next "Gallery Night" is the 18th of November.
3. Zoeglossia is a community for disabled writers run by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, and Connie Voisine. The only project listed, as far as I can tell, is a retreat program for poets. But, since they're just getting off the ground, things may expand. Currently, their Facebook page appears non-operational.
4. Autonomous Press is a press that wants to further academic access and "promotes the representation of disability and/or disabled voices". There is also a NeuroQueer Books imprint which "focuses on queer issues, queering, sexuality, gender, or critical response to other aspects of identity (such as race, class, disability) as they interact with neurodivergence and psychological development".
5. The Writing in the Margins Mentor Program matches up an experienced editor or traditionally published author with an emerging writer from a marginalized group (in this case, writers of color and disabled writers). The purpose is to get a manuscript prepared to send to potential publishers. There is no cost, and the application form is straightforward. Applications are due by November 30th, so don't delay too long.
Disabled/Neurodivergent Literary Links (Part 2)