A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 11     Issue 2     June 2017

Interviews and Fiction in this Issue

As a member of the Disability Literature Consortium, Wordgathering makes it a priority to let its readers know about other journals that publish the work of writers with disabilities. In this issue, Wordgathering had the opportunity to interview editors of two such journals. Gail Willmott is the long-time editor-in-chief of the widely-known and respected Kaleidoscope. This fall, Willmott steps down from her long time role, so we are privileged to be able to be part of one of her final interviews as editor. On the other end of the spectrum , District Lit, is a relatively new magazine. Poetry editor Marlena Chertock talks about her role in trying to publish a greater amount of work from writers with disabilities and her own writing as well.

Fiction may be the area of disability literature most in need of new writers, particularly writers of short fiction. In this issue, Wordgathering is able to present three. In each case, the story's main character has a disability. In Gary Burkholder's edgy story, the protagonist has Alpert Syndrome. Ruth Jackson's action-oriented story is a built around an encounter between a man in a wheelchair and a deaf woman. Margaret McLeod's piece is a first person vignette springing from an anxiety attack.

Wordgathering is always always seeking new work of fiction by writers with disabilities. We also accept disability-related fiction by writers without disabilities that counters stereotypes of disability. Queries can be addressed to comments@wordgathering.com.



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