A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature
Volume 13 Issue 3 September 2019
Poetry in this Issue
Wordgathering began in 2007 primarily as a jornal of disability poetry. In this special issue, we are once again letting poetry come to the forefront. While we have kept our traditional poetry section, welcoming work submitted by poets, old and new, we have also solicited work from poets who have been an important part of the journal's history. The work of these writers can be seen in the second list below.
Each of the poems above is accompanied by an audio version. Most of the poems are read by the poets themselves, but a few have been recorded for Wordgathering by readers Melissa Cotter and Sean Mahoney who have provided so many of the audio versions of the poems over the years.
In the fifty issues since its beginning, Wordgathering has been fortunate to have a continued relationship and support of poets who by anyone's reckoning are among the most talented in disability literature. These have been friends, colleagues, contributors and, at times, editors. Wordgathering invited these writers to send three poems of their choice to this special issue of the journal. Some are old, most are new, but as a body, they are quite impressive.
Three of the poets whose work we solicited, Anne Kaier, Kobus Moolman and Jennifer Bartlett, chose to send prose pieces. Kaier's essay "Hand Trick" and Moolman's short fiction piece "Through a Window Darkly" can both be found in the Essay and Fiction section of this issue. Excerpts from Bartlett's Jennifer's Little Book of Traumas can be found in the Reading Loop of this issue.
If all of the above is not enough, this issue's Reading Loop by Sheila Black features more poetry, sampling the work of the writers who attended the first Zoeglossia Conference. These writers include Jennifer Bartlett, Stephanie Heit, Stephen Lightbown, Raymond Luczak, Naomi Oritz, Margaret Ricketts, Ellen McGrath Smith, Jessica Suzanne Stokes, Zoe Stoller, Elizabeth Theriot, Gaia Thomas, Viktoria Valenzuela and Connie Voisine.
During Wordgathering's transition to its new Syracuse site and editorship in December, poets may continue to submit poetry through our firstname.lastname@example.org email, continuing to follow the guidlines laid out in our guidelines section. The editors will be respond to submissions as in the past and update writers submitting work when any changes come along.Return to Top
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