Sick/Disabled Realities: Striving Poetics of Ache, Interdependence & Survival (Panel)
Presenters: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Tyler Vile
National Housing Center Room A
This panel offers a scope of poetic perspectives to engage Sickness, Disability, Chronic Pain, and Mental & Cognitive Disabilities. Disability Justice Collective states: "When we speak of disability, we are celebrating the brilliance and vitality of our imperfect bodies and minds." With this as our guide, we realize ableism is insipid in the U.S. Inaccessibility, heightened violence on Black, Brown, Trans, and Femme bodies, erasure from public space, and the onslaught of threats against our lives including the Trumpcare Bill. All of these demonstrate that our work is even more necessary. We address these and other questions: How does Disability & Chronic Illness inform a poetry process in theory, craft, action, and existence? What ways do we respond to ableism in literary and performance spaces? How do we create poems and art when encumbered with outdated, rigid, and systemic understandings of labor and productivity? What happens when our experiences are no longer sources of inspiration but of self-determination? This session hopes to magnify and celebrate diverse Sick, Spoonie, Mad, and Crazy creation in its plethora of lineage and current practice. We identify poetics as a disabled and justice-based practice to emphasize various Queer, Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Black, Brown, Femme embodiments. Let's uplift non-normative bodies and spirits together!