Disability literature is starting to come into its own. Slowly, the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, has been including panels and readings by writers with disabilities. And that’s great because it is the largest gathering of writers in the country. But what is still missing at that conference is a table or booth where people interested in work by writers with disabilities can go and look over some of the many new writings in one central location without having to go on a literary scavenger hunt.
Under the auspices of the Dis Lit Consortium, we would like to provide a booth at the 2020 AWP conference in San Antonio. This will give us a chance both to have a central location where conference goers can see some of the books that disability literature has to offer, but to introduce our own respective journals to a wider audience and encourage potential involvement. We are asking your help in funding the booth, badges and other associated fees. Any monies left will be used to purchase literature, printed materials, and ancillary items for use at the conference.
Why are we raising money? Getting to these AWP events is expensive: purchase of table and badges. Transportation. Lodging. Shipment of books. And of course, miscellaneous expenses.
We are reaching out to the disabled community and our allies, and anyone else interested in literature and all of its vagaries. Truths. Humors. Sorrows. Etc. For help. We – the Disability Literature Consortium – need your help so that we can be in San Antonio for AWP20.
AWP19 in Portland was our best showing yet it terms of sales and exposure. This needs to continue to happen. It is vital.
We are asking you to donate. And as you think about doing so remember that the DLC is, as of November 2018, a 501c3 organization so your contributions are tax deductible.
Thank you for your time, participation, and money.