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5/11 #CripLit Chat: “Crips in Space” Special Issue

#CripLit Twitter Chat

Publishing Online: “Crips in Space” Special Issue

Thursday, May 11, 2017

4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern


You are invited to the eighth #CripLit chat co-hosted by novelist Nicola Griffith and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project™. For this Twitter chat we are delighted to have Sam de Leve and The Deaf Poets Society as our guest hosts. From their website:

The Deaf Poets Society is an online literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews of Deaf or disability-focused books, interviews/miscellany, and art by D/deaf and/or disabled writers and artists. Founded in 2016, our mission is to provide a venue for D/deaf and disability literature and art, as well as to connect readers with established and emerging talent in the field.

This chat will focus on the process of creating a special issue by The Deaf Poets Society, “Crips in Space,” a collection of speculative fiction by d/Deaf and disabled writers. Last year Guest Editor Sam de Leve tweeted about disabled people in space with the hashtag #CripsInSpace and the idea took off online. Guest Editor Alice Wong shared the idea and suggested a collaboration with the The Deaf Poets Society focused on science fiction, fantasy, and crip futurism. Fast forward four months and here we are in May with this special issue.

Similar to #CripLit’s January 15 Editor Roundtable, the structure of this chat will have questions directed at the editors from The Deaf Poets Society about this special issue with time for questions by participants.

For the “Crips in Space” special issue published on May 4, 2017, you can find it here:

How to Participate


Follow @DisVisibility @nicolaz @TheDeafPoets @ChaiKovsky on Twitter for updates

When it’s time, search #CripLit on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. Each question will tweeted 6-8 minutes apart.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a twitter chat by Ruti Regan:

Check out this captioned #ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc


Introductory Tweets and Questions for 5/11 Chat


Welcome to the #CripLit chat on the process of publishing a journal issue from A-Z. This chat is co-hosted by @nicolaz & @DisVisibility

We have guest hosts @TheDeafPoets & @ChaiKovsky joining us today. Please remember to use the #CripLit hashtag when you tweet.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripLit”

FYI on format for this #CripLit chat: Questions 2-6 are for the editors & after they respond you all can ask them follow-up Qs

We want to give you all the chance to talk with editors directly with our questions as a way to start the convo #CripLit

Q1 Roll call! Please introduce yourself and share any links to your work or anything about yourself. #CripLit

Q2 What is the process like for @TheDeafPoets when planning upcoming issues/themes? Describe your timeline & the teamwork involved. #CripLit

Q3 Once a call for submissions comes out, what does @TheDeafPoets do to get the word out & reach diverse d/Deaf & disabled writers? #CripLit

Q4 What do @TheDeafPoets’ prose, poetry, art editors look for once they receive submissions for an issue? How does the team work? #CripLit

Q5 Can you describe the deliberation process on whether to accept/reject a submission by @TheDeafPoets? Guiding principles? #CripLit

Q6 How does @TheDeafPoets make publishing more accessible with your online journal & working with d/Deaf & disabled writers? #CripLit

If anyone wants to check out the “Crips in Space” issue from @TheDeafPoets, you can find it here:

Q7 What do you think of the “Crips in Space” issue? Any questions for @TheDeafPoets & guest editors @ChaiKovsky & @SFdirewolf? #CripLit

Thank you for joining our #CripLit chat. Please continue the conversation! Many thanks to guest hosts @TheDeafPoets @ChaiKovsky!!

A Storify will be up tomorrow. Check the #CripLit hashtag. Feel free to contact @DisVisibility @nicolaz with any ideas/feedback 


[Header image description: graphic with a yellow background with the following text in black: “#CripLit Twitter Chat, Publishing Online: “Crips in Space” Special Issue, May 11, 2017, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern, Hosts: @DisVisibility @nicolaz Guest hosts: @ChaiKovsky @thedeafpoets” On the upper left corner is an illustration of a green planet with a yellow ring around it against a blue circular background with white stars. On the upper right corner is an illustration of a green space shuttle rocketing up with a yellow moon and white clouds against a blue circular background.]

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