Today’s episode is features a conversation with two disabled editors and writers: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien. Elsa and Dominik were guest co-editors in chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, an issue from Uncanny Magazine published in 2018 featuring work by disabled writers. Elsa and Dominik talk about their experiences collaborating and editing this issue together, how they approached and worked with disabled writers, and why having disabled editors in publishing matters.
Parisien, Dominik. (2016). Growing Up in Wonderland. Uncanny Magazine.
Sjunneson-Henry, Elsa. (July 31, 2017). I Built My Own Godd*mn Castle. Tor.
Sjunneson-Henry, Elsa. (2018). Disabled Enough. Uncanny Magazine.
Sjunneson-Henry, Elsa and Dominik Parisien. (2018). The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Manifesto. Uncanny Magazine.
Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. (Sept/Oct 2018). Uncanny Magazine.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a partially deafblind speculative fiction writer, journalist and disability activist. Her short fiction is included in Upside Down, Inverted Tropes in Storytelling (Apex Books 2016), Fireside Magazine, and Ghost in the Cogs (Broken Eye Books 2015). Her non-fiction has been included in The Boston Globe, Uncanny Magazine, B&N Scifi, The Analog Games Journal and many other venues. She teaches disability representation at Writing the Other, and recently spoke at the New York Public Library on this topic. She is the Guest Editor in Chief of Nonfiction for Disabled People Destroy. She has an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied disability theory, first amendment rights for women, and legal history.
Dominik Parisien is a writer, editor, and poet. His work has appeared his various journals, including The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, PRISM International, Uncanny, and many others. He is the author of the poetry chapbook We, Old Young Ones. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Mythic Dream, Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood, and he co-edited Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto. Find him at @domparisien on Twitter.
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