Left to right: "Curvature" by Erin Clark, digital photograph, 2016; "Flying Too Close to the Sun" by Anastasia Keck, mixed media, 2015; "Anna" by Peter James, oil on canvas, 2015
Join us for a reading from The Deaf Poets Society, a recently launched online journal. The publication features work by artists, poets, and writers who are D/deaf and/or experience disability, sickness, or chronic pain. Further, the journal is intersectional, calling for submissions from people of all races, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and sexual identities.
Editor Sarah Katz will be joined by Gregory Luce, Jen Stein, Camisha Jones, Carrie Addington, and Isis Nelson. Artwork from the journal will be mounted in the Reading Room throughout the spring. The reading will be followed by an opening reception celebrating this vibrant, powerful publication.
Carrie Addington’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Collagist,American Literary Review, Waxwing, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Virginia Downs Poetry Award, the American Literary Review Poetry Award, and a Pushcart nomination. She received her MFA from George Mason University and currently lives in Northern Virginia, where she works as a business consultant in the beauty industry and teaches at Northern Virginia Community College. Additionally, she serves on the board of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, D.C.
Camisha Jones is Managing Director at Split This Rock, a national nonprofit that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Previous to this role, she was part of the spoken word community in Richmond, Virginia and competed with Slam Richmond at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.Camisha’s poems can be found in Rogue Agent, pluck!, Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions, and The Quarry, Split This Rock’ssocial justice poetry database. She lives with fibromyalgia, Ménière's Disease, and an adamant commitment to keep her writing life from scorching on the back burner.
Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), has published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He recently retired from National Geographic and lives in Arlington, VA.
Isis Nelson (she/they) is a 15-year- old student and part-time revolutionary in Pennsylvania. She is a disabled, queer, multiracial (black/white/?) girl. She's passionate about activism, human rights, intersectional feminism, and politics. Currently, she contributes to Affinity Magazine and Moviejawn, while editing for Siblíní Literary and Art Magazine. Isis has two blogs – one on Wordpress (isisnelson.wordpress.com), and the other on Tumblr (thelastfangirl.tumblr.com). She also blabs on Twitter @thelastfangirl(twitter.com/thelastfangirl) about nothing and everything.
Jen Stein is a writer, advocate, mother and finder of lost things in Fairfax, Virginia. Her experience as an advocate, with PTSD and fibromyalgia, and with the continuing process of diagnosis, healing, and reinvention informs much of her writing. She studied Creative Writing at George Mason University, and is the assistant editor for Rogue Agent Journal. Her work has recently appeared in Thirteen Myna Birds, Cider Press Review, Menacing Hedge, Luna Luna Magazine, and Nonbinary Review, and is featured in a micro-collection in Wood Becomes Bone, a series by ELJ Publications. You can find Jen on the web at: jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com.