Resistance and Hope #CripLit Twitter Chat Sunday, October 28, 2018 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm EasternYou are invited to the thirteenth #CripLit chat co-hosted by novelist Nicola Griffith and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project®. This chat is timed to celebrate the publication of Resistance and Hope, an anthology of essays by disabled people, edited by Alice Wong. But the questions are for all of us—all disabled writers are welcome. We want a good conversation about our community’s values, joys, and struggles around resistance and hope! Alice Wong Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture created in 2014. Alice is also a co-partner in DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people. Alice’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability issues, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism. She has been published in Eater, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, New York Times, Transom and Rooted in Rights. From 2013 to 2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. She has a master’s in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for 15 years. Alice launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 and currently works as an independent research consultant as part of her side hustle. (Bio adapted from Disability Visibility Project.) Nicola Griffith Nicola Griffith is the founder and, with Alice Wong, the co-partner of #CripLit. She was born and brought up in Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the US. After her 1993 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis she focused on writing. Her novels are Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, Always, Hild, and So Lucky. She is the co-editor of the BENDING THE LANDSCAPE series of original queer fiction. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals, including Nature, New Scientist, Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, and Out. Her work has won, among others, the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, and Lambda Literary Award (six times), and is translated into 13 languages. She has served as a Trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation. She is now a dual US/UK citizen, holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, and lives in Seattle with her wife, the writer Kelley Eskridge. (Bio adapted from Nicola Griffith’s website.) Additional Links
- “Stories for Us and By Us,” by Eleanor J Bader, The Progressive, October 2, 2018.
- “An intensely human tale of illness, fear, and fighting back,” by Joanne Rixon, Seattle Times, June 24, 2018
- Goodreads Review, by Rosalie Morales, Goodreads, October 2, 2018
- Q&A with Alice Wong, Books Reviews With Deborah Kalb, October 8, 2018