A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 7     Issue 4     December 2013

Essays and Interviews in This Issue

While one of Wordgathering's most important contributions to disability literature has been theoretical essays and the discussion of craft that a disabilities perspective affords, the journal also makes room for well-written personal essays. Such essays give readers a window into lives they might not otherwise have a chance to encounter. This issue offers four such essays. Two of the essays, those by Katie Hae Leo and Vayda Smith, are free standing narratives highlighting unique experiences with disability. The remaining two essays are presented in tandem with interviews in this issue. The cooperative writing of S. Avis Gray's childhood memoir with André LeMonte Wilson is discussed in their joint interview on short story writing. Laura Kolaczkowski's essay is an excerpt from a longer piece on Tai Chi and disability included in the anthology Something on Our Minds, reviewed in this issue and discussed in an interview with the editors, Tracy A. Todd and Sean J. Mahoney.

In addition to the two interviews mentioned above, Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri talks with Wordgathering about her work as the Information Coordinator at the University of Syracuse's Human Policy, as well as her writings on autism.

Readers who are interested in how the work of individual poets develops should also check out Kobus Moolman's essay "Remembering the Body: An Exploration of the Centrality of Embodiment in My Own Work and Other South African Poets," in the journal's Reading Loop feature.

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