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Friday, May 18 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Language to use when writing and speaking about disability

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From the outside, disability is something people observe at a distance. People stare, or they look away, but to talk about it can be somewhat daunting. This panel will address the language of disability in order to enable writers to be more inclusive of disabled people within their work, and to acknowledge disabled writers within their communities.

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John Wiswell

John (@Wiswell) is a disabled writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. His work has appeared at Uncanny Magazine, Weird Tales, Fireside Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Flash Fiction Online.

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Kari Maaren

Instructor, Ryerson University
Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, the YA fantasy Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. It tied for the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award (YA category), was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction... Read More →
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Jaime O. Mayer

SFF writer based out of the Seattle area. Korean American adoptee. Soaked in tea, would rather be knitting. Fountain pen obsessed. Fiction and nonfiction at/forthcoming: Cast of Wonders, Cicada Magazine, The Learned Fangirl, Invisible 3, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction... Read More →
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Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award-nominated fiction editor. She has over a decade of experience in traditional, Big Five publishing, including Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Additionally... Read More →

Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Friday May 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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