About the SpAN

In 2016, author Cait Gordon’s first novel, Life in the ’Cosm, was published and made its debut at the vendor table at The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, also known as Can-Con.

While attending the event, Cait noticed many attendees using various mobility devices. Knowing that these were only disabilities and/or conditions she could perceive visually, Cait realized there might be even more writers out there with “invisible disabilities.” She had a strong desire to connect with other authors who shared her lived experience as a disabled writer.

In November 2016, she created the Spoonie Authors Network website, in hopes of it becoming a multi-author blog. To her delight, many authors responded to the call, volunteering their time to share their experiences with disability and/or chronic conditions, and what it was like to manage them while being creative.

Each year more authors join the network, bringing their perspectives to the table. Some of the contributors are award-winning authors or finalists as well! But everyone’s voice is important on the SpAN.

Going forth into Podcasting

In late 2019, author Dianna Gunn mentioned to Cait about wanting to start a podcast for writers who are Spoonies. And so, the Great Collaboration of the Spoons was born! Look for the Spoonie Authors Podcast, produced and directed by Dianna Gunn, in 2020! Episodes will also be posted on this website.

Would you like to be involved?

If you’d like to contribute articles, please visit our Submissions page.

If you would like to be interviewed on the podcast, please refer to this call for Spoonie writers from Dianna Gunn.

Learn more about our team!


Read more about Cait and Dianna on Our Team page!