Dis/Representation: Reading Into Disability live poetry reading with William L. Alton

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We’ve done it again! Cross-disability stuff and mixed media stuff!

First off: Dis/Representation, a disability justice literature project by Disability Art and Culture Project, Portland Community College Disability Services, GimpGirl Community, and other community partners. Each month, we read and discuss blog posts, articles, poetry and short fiction. They cover the ways that disability is a social justice issue that overlaps with so many other justice areas like racism, sexism and homophobia. We use the term “ableism” here, but some folks prefer the UK’s version, “disableism.” Here are some basics on the FWD (feminists with disabilities) for a way forward blog called “What Is Ableism? Five Things About Ableism You Should Know.”

You can check out our reading list and info about the next group on August 22nd at Portland Community College Cascade Campus at www.disrepresentation.com. Anyone can participate. It doesn’t matter what your relationship to disability is or if you’re even in town! Folks from all over participate each time through a conference call or through their computer. We have an open chat box, live real-time captioning, accessible reading summaries, and facilitators. The group is really dynamic.

This month we are stepping it up and hosting a live poetry reading by William L. Alton from his new chapbook, “Drowning Is A Slow Business.” And after the reading and discussion, we’ll head on over to Elevated Coffee for an artist reception. Several works by Bill, Nicki Sinner, and Cheryl Green from a July group exhibition at Splendorporium are up at the coffee shop.


A grungy background with text and a charcoal sketch of a face that is half eagle, half man. Text: "Dis/Representation: Reading Into Disability" with author William L. Alton. Loss and love often go hand in hand. You love your family, your friends, your partners, but relationships are fluid. They come and go. Everything has its cycle and comes to an end. Author William L. Alton will be reading from his new chapbook, "Drowning Is A Slow Business". This chapbook deals with relationships and mental illness. Each poem is a story told in its own right. Discussion following the reading. A Program of the Disability Art and Culture Project. Details of the poetry reading, access symbols, sponsors logos, and contact information. www.dacphome.org and www.disrepresentation.com

Saturday, August 10th

2:00 – 3:15 pm

In Other Words Feminist Community Center at 14 NE Killingsworth

On bus lines 44 and 72

Venue is accessible. Please be scent-free.

You can purchase his chapbook there and his memoir, “My Name Is Bill” online for Kindle.

After the reading:

Saturday, August 10th

4:00 pm

Elevated Coffee at 5261 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Venue is accessible. Please be scent-free.

Come to either one, come to all three!