The 9th Annual Verbal Blend Spoken Word Poetry Institute will honor internationally renowned spoken word poet Shihan Van Clief, a seven-time Tony Award-winning HBO Def Jam Poet, with the Poetic Icon Award. The Institute will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary…
Spring 2021 Issue of ‘Wordgathering,’ a Digital Open Access Journal of Work from Disabled Writers and Artists, Now Live
“Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature” Spring 2021 issue is now live via “Wordgathering’s” website. The 57th issue of this quarterly digital, open access journal is made possible by generous support from Syracuse University’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), headquartered in the College of Law, and Syracuse University Libraries.
“Wordgathering” provides an accessible venue for featuring the work of emerging and well-known disabled writers committed to disability poetry, literature and the arts.
This academic year marked the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The team at the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, in collaboration with College of Law IT Services AV Media Specialist Kyle Jaymes Davis created an accessible video production of “A Crip Reckoning: Reflections on the ADA@30,” along with an accompanying resources guide created by Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, administrative assistant.
The video, with American Sign Language interpretation, English captioning and image descriptions, features a distinguished panel of disabled thought leaders and scholar-activists discussing ableism, cultural change, equity, creativity and intersectionality in the context of the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The panel was moderated by Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute. Poetry is a major theme within and happens multiple times during the video.
Diane R. Wiener, editor-in-chief and research professor and associate director of interdisciplinary programs and outreach, says, “There is a pragmatic magic for me in having the opportunity to underscore that this issue marks 15 years since ‘Wordgathering’ opened its accessible, digital doors into the world. This is a world that has become increasingly digital and virtual, but not nearly as accessible as many of us would prefer and, in fact, demand. I am moved by and grateful for the abiding ethics, good humor, vast generosity of spirit, and boundless kindness of our editorial team’s members, as each of us does (and has been doing) our best to live, create, love, and work deeply in the non-idealized ‘new world-in-the-making,’ a year since COVID-19. I remain deeply grateful for ongoing and outstanding collaborative support from my esteemed colleagues at Syracuse University—Kate Deibel, Patrick Williams and Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri.”