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Literary Conference – Disability Justice & the Literary Landscape

April 27 @ EST 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Free – $20.00

As expressed by Naomi Ortiz, “Disability Justice is the cross-disability (sensory, intellectual, mental health/psychiatric, neurodiversity, physical/mobility, learning, etc.) framework that values access, self-determination and an expectation of difference. . .To be included and part of society is about being able to be our ‘whole self’ (all of our identities together). Disability Justice includes space for self-care, reflection and hard discussions.”

Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of six books and founder of Gorilla Press, a nonprofit promoting youth literacy through bookmaking. Her book, All Our Families: Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship (Penguin Random House, 2023), has been described by author Robert McRuer as “the most thorough and engaging consideration of disability lineage and disability kinship available.” Fink is the winner of the Dana Award for the Novel and the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction, as well as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Fink emphasizes that she is a mother; the transformative experience of parenting her autistic daughter is the center of her work. She is Core Faculty in Disability Studies and a professor of English at Georgetown University.


Sonya Huber’s eight books include Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, a collection of essays on chronic pain. A Foreword “Indie Next” Book of the Year, recipient of the Independent Publishers’ Association Gold Medal for General Excellence, and named a Best Book of 2018 by the New Statesman, it has been called by Gayle Brandeis “at once vulnerable and fierce, funny and smart, unflinching and dappled with stunning metaphor.” She has published three other books of creative nonfiction, including Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir in a Day, a one-day stream-of-consciousness account of a climate action organized by Extinction Rebellion. Her first book, Opa Nobody, was shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize, and her second book, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, was a finalist for Foreword Book of the Year and Grub Street Nonfiction Book of the YearHuber’s work has been published in such literary journals and magazines as The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Washington Post Magazine.


Stephanie Woodward (moderator) is Executive Director of Disability Empowher Network,  a non-profit run by and for girls and women with disabilities that connects, motivates, and guides disabled girls and women to grow, learn, and develop to their highest potential and have the confidence to lead. An attorney, activist, and organizer, Stephanie has also litigated, worked for two U.S. Senators, and led a disaster response ground team in Puerto Rico to assist disabled people in distress after Hurricane Maria.


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Books by Jennifer Natalya Fink

Performing Hybridity
Bhopal Dance
The Mikvah Queen
All Our Families

Books by Sonya Huber

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays on a Nervous System
Love and Industry: A Midwestern Workbook
Voice First: A Writer’s Manifesto
Opa Nobody

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April 27
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Free – $20.00
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