A Journal of Disability Poetry

Volume 3     Issue 3     September 2009


Each issue of Wordgathering is an opportunity to present poets whose work is new to the journal, and the September 2009 issue is no exception. We are pleased to have three poems from the noted poet Lyn Lifshin here for the first time. We also introduce poetry from the Scottish poet Mandy Beattie and British poet Mark Thomas as well as from American poets Krista Liesen, Nathan Say and Patricia Wallace Jones. Our returning poets include well-known disabilities poet Jim Ferris, political poet Tendai Mwanada of Zimbabwe and Anna Evans, editor of the formal poetry journals Raintown Review and Barefoot Muse . Their work is rounded out by new work from Linda Fuchs, Tracy Koretsky, Donal Mahoney, Miriam Mason, Curtis Robinson, Stuart Sanderson, and Dan Simpson - a diverse group indeed.

In addition to poetry, this issue of Wordgathering enlarges its prose offerings considerably. Deaf poets Raymond Luczak and Curtis Robbins offer their perspectives in letter form. Travel writers Maya Northen and Scott Rains, each share their knowledge on an aspect of on disability travel. Commentary on performing arts comes from Yvette Green (film) and Stuart Sanderson (drama). Personal essays by returning writers Paul Kahn and Ellen Williams complete the prose selections.

Book reviews for fall cover three very different works: Anne Kaier's remarkable collection of poetry, In Fire; Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT reader edited by Raymond Luczak; and Twisted Consequences, a first novel by Irie Parker. Parker also reappears in this issue's interview section as does poet and Alsop Review editor Trace Estes. Wordgathering always takes pride in being able to bring visual artists with disabilities to public attention, so we are very fortunate in this issue to have Nancy Creighton's commentary on the life and work of Philadelphia artist Betty G. Miller.

Wordgathering is a journal that seeks develop the field of disability literature by publishing and promoting the work of poets with disabilities or work that counteracts stereotypes about disability. We invite essays that discuss poetry from a disability perspective or that contribute to the theoretical development of the field of disability literature. In our next issue, in addition to our regular features, we hope to present a special section featuring younger writers (18 years old or less). If you know of young writers with disabilities whose work you feel deserves publication, we hope you will look at our guidelines and encourage them to submit their work. We value our readers' opinions and hope you will send your comments to us at comments@wordgathering.com. Let us know which writers you enjoy.

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