Crip Cultural Work: Disabled and Writing Literature

Originally aired on: May 18, 2022
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On May 18, 2022, AWN hosted a conversation with Cyree Jarelle Johnson, T. S. Banks, and The Cyborg Jillian Weise on the topic of being disabled and writing literature. In part of the conversation, each panelist also shared some of their work.

Join us in conversation with Cyree, Cy, and T as we explore the intersections of disability and literature.

Moderator: Lydia X. Z. Brown, AWN Director of Policy, Advocacy, and External Affairs

Corrected transcript coming soon.


Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Cyree Jarelle Johnson (he/him) is a poet and writer from Piscataway, NJ. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Vice, and ArtNews among other publications. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. SLINGSHOT, his first collection of poetry, won a 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, and is available now from Nightboat Books. He was a 2020 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and the inaugural Brooklyn Public Library Poet-In-Residence.

T. S. Banks

T. S. Banks (he/they/ze) is a Black & QTDisabled, non-binary teaching artist, poet, and playwright from Madison, WI. He is the founder of Loud ‘N UnChained Theater Co and co-founder of Sweet Water Liberation Lab. Their work addresses visioning for Black Liberation, a critique of the medical system, radical care + access, madness, QT Liberation, disability justice, abolition and cross-movement solidarity.

The Cyborg Jillian Weise

The Cyborg Jillian Weise’s books include The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (2007, 2017); the novel The Colony (2010); The Book of Goodbyes (2013); Cyborg Detective (2019) and the chapbook Give It to Alfie Tonight (2020). Cy started Borg4Borg Productions and directed A Kim Deal Party. It is inaccessible and unavailable to nondisabled audiences. Cy’s memoir is forthcoming from Ecco in 2023.