Alice Wong with Elsa Sjunneson
One in Five people in the U.S. lives with a disability, either apparent or less so. Alice Wong, editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (Vintage) writes that this collection began with a collection of stories. Eventually partnering with Storycorps, she created the Disability Visibility Project (of over 140 oral histories) and she then brought together the collection of essays and stories that became this book. Beginning with activist Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her debate with Peter Singer (over her personhood), Disability Visibility features a wide range of voices writing about their experiences living with disability. We’re sure that accolades and a broad readership will follow and we’re honored to participate in tonight’s event. Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, which aims to amplify media created by people with disabilities, and she has been one of the leading partners in the #CripTheVote campaign. She is also a co-partner on the DisabledWriters.com, #CripLit, and Access Is Love projects. She has been published in the New York Times, Vox, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, and others.
Hugo and Aurora award-winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her nonfiction editorial work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine and Fireside Magazine. As an author, her work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Tor.com, The Boston Globe, and numerous other venues. In addition to editorial and authorial pursuits, she educates authors on writing disability respectfully.