The Disability Collective (TDC) is the only fully disability-led performing arts organization in Toronto. Dedicated to celebrating and showcasing work created solely by disabled artists, TDC strives to de-stigmatize disability and challenge perceptions of disability by providing disabled artists with paid opportunities to share their work in a variety of forms, along with actively advocating for and improving accessibility and inclusion in the Canadian arts community by providing disability consultation services. We are committed to strengthening the disability community's presence in the arts and creating a space where disabled artists can connect and grow their practices together.
The Disability Collective is thrilled to host Write Us In: The Intersection of Disability and Queerness in Literature, a virtual reading and Q&A with disabled and queer writers! Join us on Thursday, April 20th at 8 PM EDT to take part in this interactive event featuring authors Allison Blevins and Travis Chi Wing Lau, moderated by Dustin Brookshire.
ASL interpretation and captions will be provided at this event.
Tickets are pay what you can. Patrons purchasing tickets at a higher price point can do so with the understanding that their ticket price is helping to subsidize the lower ticket prices, and in doing so, are making this event more accessible for others.
To find out more information, visit our website thedisabilitycollective.com. For any assistance with obtaining tickets, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Blevins (she/her) is a queer disabled writer and the author of Cataloguing Pain (YesYes Books, 2023), Handbook for the Newly Disabled, A Lyric Memoir (BlazeVox, 2022), and Slowly/Suddenly (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2021). She is also the author of the chapbooks fiery poppies bruising their own throats (Glass Lyre Press, forthcoming), Chorus for the Kill(Seven Kitchens Press, 2022), Susurration (Blue Lyra Press, 2019), Letters to Joan (Lithic Press, 2019), and A Season for Speaking (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019), part of the Robin Becker Series. Allison is the Founder and Director of Small Harbor Publishing, the Executive Editor at the museum of americana, and the co-organizer of the Downtown Poetry reading series. She lives in Minnesota with her spouse and three children. For more information, visit allisonblevins.com.
Travis Chi Wing Lau (he/him/his) is Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College. His research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, health humanities, and disability studies. Alongside his scholarship, Lau frequently writes for venues of public scholarship like Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities, Public Books, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. His poetry has appeared in Wordgathering, Glass, South Carolina Review, Foglifter, and Hypertext, as well as in three chapbooks, The Bone Setter (Damaged Goods Press, 2019), Paring (Finishing Line Press, 2020), and Vagaries (Fork Tine Press, 2022). [travisclau.com]
Dustin Brookshire (he/him) is the author of the chapbooks Never Picked First For Playtime (Harbor Editions, 2023), Love Most Of You Too (Harbor Editions, 2021), and To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). He is the co-editor of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing, 2023) and the co-editor of a forthcoming forms anthology from Harbor Anthologies. Find him online at dustinbrookshire.com.
We acknowledge that we are working on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Wendat, the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Mississauga. We are grateful to have the privilege to live and work on this land.
[Image Description: The Write Us In graphic, featuring a selection of newspaper clippings in the background. There is an off-white box in front of the background with ripped edges. At the top of the box are the words “Write Us In” in white font. Each word is in a separate dark blue box. Below are the words “the intersection of disability and queerness in literature” in blue font. Underneath are the words “a virtual reading and Q&A with disabled and queer writers” in white font inside of a light blue box. The box has a light shadow and two yellow pieces of tape on the left and right of the box. Below beside a small calendar icon are the words “April 20, 2023 - 8 PM EDT”, the words “Pay What You Can” beside a small circle with a dollar sign, and the words “thedisabilitycollective.com/tickets” beside a small ticket icon in blue font. All text is in a typewriter font. To the right of the off-white box are three dark blue polaroids featuring the two writers and one host. Underneath each photo in the polaroid is their name in white font inside of a light blue box. At the top is a vertical portrait of Allison Blevins, a smiling white queer woman with a pearl necklace and bracelet. She is wearing a gray cotton v-neck dress with three-quarter sleeves. Green trees are visible in the background. In the middle is a portrait of Travis Chi Wing Lau, a Chinese American gay man wearing brown colored glasses and stud earrings. He is wearing a wine-colored suit jacket with a black shirt. In the background is fall foliage. At the bottom is Dustin Brookshire, a smiling person wearing a black shirt with the words “Barbie” in pink font. He is standing in front of a bookcase]
Date & Time
Thu., Apr. 20, 2023 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.