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Reclamation Press: New disabled-centered publishing company

Posted in Publishing & literature

Reclamation Press is a new publishing company created by Elizabeth “Ibby” Grace and Corbett Joan OToole. They publish fiction and non-fiction books by people within diverse disability communities and are seeking authors living at intersections such as disability, race, and class. They strongly believe that people living at the junctions of multiple communities create books that expand our horizons and enrich the lives of individuals and communities. Check out their new blogposts and follow them on twitter and FB by going to the Reclamation Press website here. The image here features the cover design of “Fading Scars: my queer disability history” which was a finalist for the Lamda Literary Awards in 2016 and on the ‘must read’ for the 2016 Women’s March in 2017.

“Where all bodies are exquisite” by painter Riva Lehrer

Posted in Disability Art, and News

Read a really interesting NYT op-ed piece by disabled artist Riva Lehrer that combines her art and a little about her teaching medical students.

Image shows a 2003 painting by Riva Lehrer of poet and essayist Eli Clare. On the left of the painting is the figure of Clare with wire-rimmed glasses, short cropped ginger hair, wearing hiking boots, denim shorts and pale blue shirt, kneeling in a forest, with one knee on the ground, looking to the bottom right of the painting. A small tree with red leaves is growing up through Clare’s shirt and there is ambiguity as to whether there is a struggle or a conscious process going on with the tree. On the ground in the middle of the painting are snippets of ginger hair and plaits. A cosy looking blue checked garment lies in front of the tree to the right of the painting.


A Starring Role for Disabilities

Posted in News, and Theater

What with the opening of autism-centered “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” the San Francisco Chronicle had an article on plays with disability as the central theme. The article by Steven Winn is an OK overview. Obviously, it is not going to have the kind of analysis and criticism the disability community would like, but it is not bad for a mainstream newspaper. The photo used in the print edition of the long leg braced Kevin Spacey as Richard III is particularly cringe worthy. If you follow the link you will notice the photo is not included in the online version.

Kevin Spacey as Richard III
Richard III at the Old Vic Theatre, using a cane and long leg braces
Kevin Spacey as Richard III
©Alastair Muir