:: Who are my disability writing all-stars?

This list was inspired by my panel presentation at the Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference in September 2016. An audience member (you know who you are) asked who I would assign in a nonfiction writing class—who are my disability writing all-stars?—and I said, I need to make a list. So here’s that list.

A few notes on this list. It is a living document. (Here’s where the fractal image comes in.) If you want to nominate people to the list, tweet me @krgpryal—either I’ve overlooked someone, or I NEED to know about someone. Don’t forget to include hyperlinks. Also: You’ll see there are two lists: my personal favorites, and those nominated by others. Yay! We can all play here. If you’ve nominated someone and they’re not on the list yet, check the “last updated” date: it’s possible that I just haven’t gotten around to updating yet.

A final note: The writers on this list appear in no particular order. This list is also incomplete. I just wanted to get it out there and growing as soon as I could. (OK, what’s with the world’s longest apologia?)

Katie’s Favorites:

Karrie Higgins, “Strange Flowers,” The Manifest Station, 2014. (This one got a Best American Essays nod.) Also, read everything else Karrie writes, starting with her blog.

Jillian Weise, “Cloning Disabled Subjects,” Drunken Boat, 2012. Also check out Jillian’s hilarious video series as her alter ego, Tipsy Tullivan.

Ellen Forney, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Graphic Memoir), 2012.

Esme Weijun Wang, “Fashioning Normal,” Catapult, 2016. Also read Esme’s other work on disability and mental illness.

Nominated by others:

To come! Nominate via Twitter @krgpryal.