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Sunday, May 16 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Yes, We Are in the Room: A Panel of Abilities

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In this panel, moderated by Leslie McIntosh, poets Sylvia Chan, Jim Ferris, Stephen Kuusisto, and Camisha Jones will share their experience as public poets writing with and through disability. The conversation will explore the relationship their bodies of work have, or don’t have, with their specific physical and sensory abilities. The nuances of navigating life as academics, advocates, performers, community organizers, literary citizens, and plain old private human beings will shared. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The panelists may not have all the answers, but the attendees will walk away understanding that specific answers aren’t the point, but rather the experiential wisdom of different forms of embodiment.

Event Recording: https://youtu.be/jAhmhXH0ZX8
View the Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C0fUF3ogu2JILBC5DYSy5pwAGnIypKbDyDY4pfzMgYs/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Chan

Sylvia Chan

Sylvia Chan is an amputee writer, educator, and activist. Originally a jazz pianist from the San Francisco Bay Area, she lives in Tucson, where she teaches at the University of Arizona and serves as court advocate for foster kids in Pima County and nonfiction editor at Entropy. Her... Read More →
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Leslie McIntosh

Leslie McIntosh is black, gay, cis-male, neurodivergent (ASD), an older millennial, a poet, and a psychologist. He has received residencies and fellowships, from Callaloo, Furious Flower Poetry Center, Watering Hole, and Zoeglossia. He is an assistant poetry editor at Newfound and... Read More →
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Camisha L. Jones

Camisha L. Jones is the author of Flare (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems can be found at the New York Times, Poets.org, Button Poetry, The Deaf Poets Society, Typo, The Quarry, and elsewhere. She was one of The Loft Literary Center's 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellows... Read More →
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Jim Ferris

Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, University of Toledo
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Stephen Kuusisto

Professor, Syracuse University
Stephen Kuusisto holds a University Professorship at Syracuse and is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening; and of the poetry... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
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