#CripLit Twitter Chat
Resistance and Hope
Sunday, October 28, 2018
4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern
You are invited to the thirteenth #CripLit chat co-hosted by novelist Nicola Griffith and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project®. This chat is timed to celebrate the publication earlier this month of Resistance and Hope, an anthology of essays by disabled people, edited by Alice Wong. But the questions are for all of us–all disabled writers are welcome. We want a good conversation about our community’s values, joys, and struggles around resistance and hope!
Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture created in 2014. Alice is also a co-partner in DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people.
Alice’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability issues, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism. She has been published in Eater, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, New York Times, Transom and Rooted in Rights.
From 2013 to 2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. She has a master’s in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for 15 years. Alice launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 and currently works as an independent research consultant as part of her side hustle.
(Bio adapted from Disability Visibility Project.)
Nicola Griffith is the founder and, with Alice Wong, the co-partner of #CripLit. She was born and brought up in Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the US.
After her 1993 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis she focused on writing. Her novels are Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, Always, Hild, and So Lucky. She is the co-editor of the BENDING THE LANDSCAPE series of original queer fiction. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals, including Nature, New Scientist, Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, and Out. Her work has won, among others, the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, and Lambda Literary Award (six times), and is translated into 13 languages.
She has served as a Trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation. She is now a dual US/UK citizen, holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, and lives in Seattle with her wife, the writer Kelley Eskridge.
(Bio adapted from Nicola Griffith’s website.)
- “Stories for Us and By Us,” by Eleanor J Bader, The Progressive, October 2, 2018.
- “An intensely human tale of illness, fear, and fighting back,” by Joanne Rixon, Seattle Times, June 24, 2018
- Q&A with Alice Wong by Deborah Kalb, October 8, 2018
- Review of Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People by Rosalie Morales Kearns, October 2, 2018
How to Participate
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: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat
Check out this captioned #ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc
Introductory Tweets and Questions for 10/28 Chat
Welcome to the #CripLit chat to celebrate Resistance and Hope. This chat is co-hosted by @nicolaz & @disvisibility. 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”
Q1 Please introduce yourself and share your journey to writing, and writing about resistance in particular. #CripLit
Q2 Tell us about some of your resistance writing. What or who are you resisting? #CripLit
Q3 As a disabled/sick/chronically ill writer, who or what sustains you and gives you hope? #CripLit
Q4 If your resistance writing is published and out in the world, how do you feel? Would you do it again? Why? #CripLit
Q5 What impact has this work had on your writing and/or activism? What are you working on now? #CripLit
Q6 What advice do you have for other disabled writers about editing or writing about resistance? #CripLit
Q7 What new anthologies by/about disabled writers would you like to see? Who and what is missing when it comes to diversity and different perspectives? #CripLit
Q8 Where should we look to discover the new voices of #CripLit, and how can we help each other?
Q9 What would you like to see next for disability literature? How can we increase its reach and visibility—how can we spread our crip wisdom to the people? #CripLit
Thank you for joining our #CripLit chat. Please continue the conversation!
A recap of this chat will be up tomorrow. Check the #CripLit hashtag. Feel free to contact @DisVisibility and @nicolaz with any ideas/feedback 😀