1/15: #CripLit Chat – Editor Roundtable

Disability writers speak to images in media and popular culture, if you are outraged, then you will want to learn more!

Disability Visibility Project

#CripLit Twitter Chat: Editor Roundtable

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern

Co-Hosts: Nicola Griffith @Nicolaz and Alice Wong @DisVisibility

Guests: Editors and staff from Autonomous Press, Barking Sycamores, Breath & Shadow, Deaf Poets Society, Intima, Monstering Magazine, Wordgathering, and more

Co-partners of #CripLit, novelist Nicola Griffith and Disability Visibility Project’s Alice Wong, are proud to host the fifth #CripLit Twitter chat for disabled writers.

This is the long-promised editor roundtable in which we talk to the staff and editors of some of the leading disability-focused publications. The format will be slightly different from previous chats. It is designed to get basic information from each of our editors that we think would be useful to writers, and to allow writers to then ask their own follow-up questions.

We will divide the hour into six segments. We have prepared a question for the editors to lead off each…

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The US Paralympic Team Is Doing Very Well… Yes, Without the Disability Label

Celebrating Individual Abilities

streetsceneThe late comedian Stella Young coined the phrase “inspiration porn” to describe the act of calling people inspirational solely because of their disability. The US Paralympic team, with 22 gold medals to its credit so far, is doing quite well without the disability label.

This fine pieceby the Ruderman Family Foundation offers a good perspective.  And an earlier piece on Salon covered inspiration porn in sports.  Positive sports images of disabled athletes that do not focus on the subject’s disability “normalize” disability, as a form of inclusion.  Longtime disability advocate Andrew Pulrang had three criteria, among them focusing on the good deeds of able-bodied people rather than on the abilities of the disabled person.  Another way of determining whether an article or image is inspiration porn is whether its meaning would change if one left out the disability.

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Monday Motivation

I struggle to get out of bed every day! I never thought that I would still walk some and limp around some! I do and I am motivated to advocate, make money and exchange ideas. I love people and they do not always like me.
It is of little consequence. My health dictates everything I do or don’t do.
Attitude is important. A cucumber cannot magically turn into a pickle. It is a process and once pickelized, the road to cucumberville is closed. This is my attitude about disability and life. Welcome to cusumberville. I like both!

Anxiety in relationships and the workplace

Anxiety manifests itself in dramatic ways. We seem to ignore this mighty defense mechanism and the power it has over human nature


Okay Becca, breathe.

This is undoubtedly going to be one of the most personal, and hardest, blog posts to write if anything; because it is the reason behind my biggest downfalls as a person- how my anxiety affects me in relationships and in the workplace.

It’s no secret that I am quite a sensitive person as it is. Mix that in with anxiety, and we have breakdown after breakdown in a relationship. Dear my future partner: good luck.

I don’t think I have ever openly sat here and spoke about how bad my anxiety can get in relationships. I am incredibly worried about people in my life leaving me as it is, and that is no different in relationships. It’s hard to admit that you constantly feel like you’re not good enough for the person you love. I mean, it’s me. Why would anyone want to commit to me?

I…

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