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Writing for Ourselves

Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival

Without the scrutinizing presence of ableism and audism it would be hard to know how to be. This rare, closed session for Deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mad, fatigued, undiagnosed, crip writers of all experience levels is a celebration. A protected space to share poetry or sections of writing and exchange ideas that are for us. In preparation for the public reading, “Accessing Ourselves: Crip Poetrics and Writing Our Desires,” facilitator and queercrip writer Aimee Louw invites crip and Deaf writers to witness, share, and build community. Can we balance being legible with writing our uncensored truths? What does it mean to write for ourselves?

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