September 30, 2020

Virtual Book Talk with Alice Wong, activist and editor of a new anthology “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century”

This event is hosted by the University of Michigan Center for Disability Health and Wellness and co-sponsored by the U-M IDEAL RRTC and the U-M Council for Disability Concerns.

Join our virtual conversation with Alice Wong, editor of a new anthology Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, published by Vintage in 2020. Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant based in San Francisco. Alice will be joined by Ellen Samuels, a contributor to the anthology with the essay “Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time.”

The event will be held October 14, 2020 at 7PM EDT on Zoom. American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided. Guests should register online to receive the Zoom event link:

Book Giveaway: The first 40 people to register will win a free copy of the book, in the format of their choice. Have accessibility questions or other concerns, please contact even organizers at or by phone (734) 615-6720. 

About the Guests

Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Currently, Alice is the Editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people, available now by Vintage Books (2020).

Ellen Samuels, PhD is an Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her books include Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race (NYU Press, 2014) and a forthcoming poetry collection Hypermobilities (Operating System, 2021). Her critical and creative writing appears in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Signs, GLQ, South Atlantic Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability Visibility, Brevity, Copper Nickel, Mid-American Review, and Journal of the American Medical Association. She has received the Catherine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship and two Lambda Literary Awards. She lives in Madison, WI with her partner, son, and dog. 

About the Book

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, and eulogies to Congressional testimonies, and beyond: The anthology Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.

  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publication Date: Jun 30, 2020
  • Pages: 336 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781984899422