QUEER DISABILITY CONFERENCE PROGRAM
DISABILITY, QUEERNESS, AND POLITICAL PERFORMANCE
ALL-GIRL ACTION: CRIP, QUEER WOMEN IN PERFORMANCE
THE POLITICS AND EXPERIENCE OF COMING OUT
THEORIZING QUEER DISABLED/DEAF EXPERIENCE
EXPLORING QD SEXUALITIES
PARTNERS, LOVERS, & ALLIES: CELEBRATING RELATIONSHIPS
CROSSROADS & BORDERLANDS:
IS INTERSEX A DISABILITY? LESSONS FROM DISABILITY ACTIVISM IN BUILDING
THE INTERSEX MOVEMENT
(IN)VISIBILITY, RECOGNITION, & MARGINALIZATION: QUEERS WITH NON-APPARENT
QUEERING DISABILITY ACTIVISM, CRIPPING QUEER ACTIVISM
ALLIES: WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
THE IMPORTANCE OF STORY
SEELEY QUEST AND EMILY BENDER: TWO PERFORMANCES
WRITERS READ THEIR WORK I: POETRY AND MEMOIR
WRITERS READ THEIR WORK II: POETRY, FICTION, AND EROTICA
CREATING CULTURE: QD ARTISTS AND THEIR WORK
POP CULTURE ROUNDTABLE
PLUS EXHIBITS AND VIDEOS BY:
Poet, essayist, and rabble-rouser, ELI CLARE is the author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation and a member of the organizing committee that brings you this conference. Eli's work has been published in a variety of anthologies and periodicals, including Victoria Brownsworth's Restricted Access: Lesbians on Disability and Bob Guter and John Killacky's forthcoming anthology of writing by disabled gay men. With a long history as a dyke and a joyful present as a tranny whose life doesn't fit into the gender binary, Eli walks the borders and embraces complexity.
DIANA COURVANT's activist buttons and t-shirts, laid end to end, would stretch from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon, the lovely city she calls home. But she doesn't have time for that kind of thing, what with all the writing and speaking about domestic violence, anti-racism, disability rights, and trans, intersex, and queer liberation. Her identities include, but are not limited to: disabled, total dyke, activist, trans, smut-writer, and fire-eating babelicious goddess-chick. She also makes a mean peanut curry.
VICKY D'AOUST began writing for Lesbian Contradiction shortly after adopting her daughter over 15 years ago. Since then, she has been published in legal journals, three book-length anthologies about lesbian identity and disability parenting, and many other collections of stories. She watches X Files, doesn't usually attend conferences, and prefers the virtual life to the corporeal one. This will be her first major appearance since Outrights Conference in Vancouver in 1991. She is a bi-cultural, bi-polar, borderline academic with multiple disabilities. Text of Vicky's presentation.
EMI KOYAMA is a multi-issue social justice slut, synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics. These factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, have all impacted her life. Emi is currently the Program Assistant for Intersex Society of North America, and the Community Board Chair for Survivor Project. Emi lives in Portland, Oregon, and has been putting the emi back in feminism since 1975. Email Emi at email@example.com.
Painter RIVA LEHRER has been showing her work in Chicago since 1980. She focuses on the ways in which the shape of one's body affects the shape of one's life, using the language of figure painting. For the last few years she has been most interested in images of people with physical disabilities. Her current project, "Circle Stories," begun in 1997, is a series of portraits of artists and academics who have significant disabilities and explore disability in their own work. Participants include Eli Clare, John Hockenberry, Susan Nussbaum, Tekki Lomnicki, and Hollis Sigler. Work from "Circle Stories" and other series have been shown in galleries and museums across the country. Riva was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1958. She attended the University of Cincinnati and the School of the Art Institute. She teaches now at the School of the Art Institute, the Evanston Art Center, and is a visiting artist at a number of other universities.
RAYMOND LUCZAK edited the Lambda Literary Award-nominated
anthology Eyes Of Desire: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader (Alyson); he
also wrote St. Michael's Fall: Poems (Deaf Life Press). The Tactile
Mind Press is publishing his next two books-Silence Is a Four-Letter
Word: On Art and Deafness and This Way to the Acorns: Poems--at the
same time this July. Excerpts from his deaf gay novel, Men with Their
Hands, have appeared in various periodicals. Seven of his plays have
been workshopped and produced around the country; his next show A Pair
of Hands: Deaf Gay Monologues will premiere on Friday, June 28th as
part of the Queer@HERE Theater Festival at the HERE Theater in New York
City. A screenwriter and filmmaker, he lives in New York City where
he is completing his debut feature film Ghosted, which he produced and
directed. He has just completed his first DVD project called Manny ASL:
Stories in American Sign Language, which he also directed; it is coming
out at Deaf Way II this July. His web site is www.raymondluczak.com.