Editor’s note and disclaimer: For our first post of 2023, I’m so excited to bring you this interview with Derek Newman-Stille, a professor at Trent University in the field of Disability Studies who has also taught a class in Fat Studies. For many of us Spoonies, our weight is often brought up, sometimes as a … Continue reading
Category Archives: Activism and Advocacy
New event! The [RE]LAUNCHPAD book launch, January 15, 2023!
When: Sunday January 15, 2023 at 2:30pm EST Register through Eventbrite as of December 1, 2022! Tickets are limited! We’re so thrilled to be piloting this new initiative where we will offer a virtual space for disabled creatives to launch or relaunch their works! Our goal is to feature only small press or indie authors … Continue reading
Among those of us who are neurodivergent (ND) and/or who manage mental illness, the word lazy has been stamped on our foreheads, like a much unwanted label, by people who just don’t understand our experience. Many of my friends who have ADHD, for example, have had their executive dysfunction completely gaslit by family members, teachers, … Continue reading
Welcome to Disability (a House with Infinite Rooms)
Hi there. You’re new here. You and maybe one hundred forty-one million, five hundred thousand others. That’s a guess. An imperfect one, because the data is young and ever-changing and because lots of folks lived in this house before a brand-new Goldilocks broke in and started judging our food and lodgings. Too metaphorical? Probably. Let … Continue reading
A New Year: Last of the Pandemic Trilogy?
Worst trilogy ever, by the way. The actually happenings and behaviour during this COVID-19 pandemic would have been rejected by every publisher, I’m sure, for being so unrealistic. Yet, I also feel I need to apologize to the writer of JAWS. People really would put the economy over the lives of swimmers in shark-infested waters. … Continue reading
Featured SpAN Author: Nicole Zelniker
Nicole Zelniker (she/her) is a writer, activist, and podcast producer at The Nasiona. Nicole is also the author of Mixed, a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families, Last Dance, a collection of short stories, and her latest novel, Letters I’ll Never Send, is an own-voices mental health story. Dress Rehearsal, another short fiction piece, appears in the … Continue reading
Traditional publishing says it wants diverse voices, but does it really?
Traditional publishing says it wants diverse voices but when presented with them, they either tone them down to be more acceptable to the neurotypicals, or they make them so ridiculous and centre the neurotypicals, or worse, when speaking of POC, they center whiteness. I am very proud of a novel I wrote, which I have … Continue reading
The Power of Creativity and the Disabled Writing Community
I spent 2014 in an acute state of fear. Yeah, I know that seems hyperbolic, but I was quite terrified. The chronic pain I had been experiencing from the neuropathy of fibromyalgia had levelled up to a state where it felt like someone had injected several areas of my body with burning hot, vibrating curling … Continue reading
All of What Makes Me a Spoonie is Invisible
I’d like to think of myself as a pretty well-informed person when it comes to the disability community. Still, I hadn’t even heard the term “Spoonie” until I began following more self-identified Spoonies on Twitter in the last year or so. Many of them I discovered through writing a short story for the Nothing Without … Continue reading