Well met, dear reader!
This blog is my place to explore a wide spectrum of topics – from the experiences of travel, work, and socializing to the larger concerns of a more-than-human society. I devote many words to my passions: music, nature, and poetry. And from my perspective as a disabled woman, I strive to forward proposals for peaceful and empathetic integration: practical solutions for daily irritations and challenges to common ways of considering and representing disabled people in the twenty-first century.
Here, I borrow Milton’s words and “consider how my light is spent.” I reflect on my abilities, perception, and experience – and find ways to direct that light outward, to nurture a spirit of genuineness, civility, and empathy.
I write about my disability because I value that experience. As a writer, I draw from my life because it is mine. I write about disability because there aren’t enough voices talking about disability in a way that encourages people to acknowledge our equal share in humanity. My perspective is not valuable because I’m blind—and therefore unequivocally different from you, the nondisabled or non-blind reader. My experience is valuable because it is a different perspective among people who are equally different. The norm is a myth.
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I hope you enjoy what you find in this civil space.
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About the Writer: Emily K. Michael (Modwyn)
I am a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor living in Jacksonville, FL. I design grammar and style workshops for multilingual learners and developing writers. I love to crochet, cook, sing, and read. My latest project is learning to bird by ear.
- “Sounding Out Poetry.” AWP Writer’s Notebook, 2017.
- “Shades of Shame.” Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. Temple UP, 2017, pp. 151-156.
- “Working Resonance: Concerto for Guide Dog, Handler, and World.” The Hopper. 29 May 2016.
- “Border Talk.” Mosaics: A Collection of Independent Women (Vol. 2), edited by Jessica West. DayDreams Dandelion Press, 2016, pp. 183-190.
- “Stylish Negotiations.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 10, no. 1, 2016.
- “Designing the Parachorus.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015.
- “Quartet Beyond Measure.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature vol. 9, no. 2, 2015.
- “Barbershop singing: A true test of vocal prowess, with or without straw hats.” Classical MPR. 18 Feb 2015.
- “Voices in Error: Counting against Competence.” Disability Rhetoric. 18 Dec 2014.
- “Introducing my guide dog to the world of classical music.” Classical MPR. 14 Oct 2014.
- “Sight and Singing.” Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature, vol.11, no. 4, 2014.
- “Review: Courtney Lewis leads the Jacksonville Symphony in a rousing Symphonie Fantastique.” Classical MPR. 30 Sept 2014.
- “Expecting the Invisible.” I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening, edited by Diane Z. DeBella, Wild Ginger Press, 2014, pp. 117-122.
- “Therapeutic music: Edith Moore-Hubert on the healing properties of classical music.” Classical MPR. 3 Sept 2014.
- “Lightspending.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 8, no. 3, 2014.
- “Dialogue on Blindness and Writing.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 8, no. 3, 2014.
- “The Tutor’s Voice: Exploring the Magic of Writing Tutors.” NCLCA Summer Newsletter, 2014.
- “Answering Blindness: A Poet Makes Amends.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 8, no. 2, 2014.
- “Surprising summer reads for classical music lovers.” Classical MPR. 27 May 2014.
- “What is opera like for a listener – and singer – with limited vision?” Classical MPR. 5 Mar 2014.
- “Surprised by Disability.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, vol. 3, no. 3, Johns Hopkins University, 2013, pp. 207-210.
- “In the Care of a Chorus.” The Pitch Pipe, 2012.
- “4PM.” Saw Palm: Florida Art & Literature, no. 11, 2017.
- “Small Hours.” Nine Mile Magazine, Fall 2016.
- “Inside Jokes.” The Fem. 22 Aug 2016.
- “Kiwano.” The Hopper. 19 Aug 2016.
- “Trading Threes.” The Deaf Poets Society, vol. 1, no. 1, 2016.
- “A Phenomenology of Blindness.” Rogue Agent 16 (2016). Web.
- “Crushed.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 10, no. 2, 2016.
- 2 poems: “Wordbomb” and “Old Music.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 9, no. 4, 2015.
- “Green time.” Bridge Eight, vol. 1, no. 1, 2014, p. 63.
- 2 Poems: “Comparing apples” and “Travel.” Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing., vol. 2, no. 2, 2014.
- “Cello.” Artemis Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, 2014, p. 19.
- 2 Poems: “Transcription” and “Conversation with the Adjacent Friend.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, vol. 7, no. 1, 2013.
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