The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked

The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked 

The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology

Edited by Shelia Black • Michael Northen • Annabelle Hayes

Welcome to the worlds of the disabled. The physically disabled. The mentally disabled. The emotionally disabled. What does that word “disabled” mean anyway? Is there a right way to be crippled? Editors Sheila Black and Michael Northen (co-editors of the highly praised anthology Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability) join newcomer Annabelle Hayse to present short stories by Dagoberto Gilb, Anne Finger, Stephen Kuusisto, Thom Jones, Lisa Gill, Floyd Skloot, and others. These authors—all who experience the “disability” they write about—crack open the cage of our culture's stereotypes. We look inside, and, through these people we thought broken, we uncover new ways of seeing and knowing.

When you’re disabled, you don’t have to be naked to be naked.

Praise for The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked 

“I remember I believed all my problems would be solved, if only I were beautiful. Then I was beautiful.”  —Jonathan Mack, from The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked

Trade paper $19.95 / 978-1-941026-35-9

E-Book $19.99 / 978-1-941026-36-6

Publishes Fall 2016

Eileen Cronin's Sit Down with Dagoberto Gilb
Gets to the Heart of His Work

“Today it seems particularly relevant to sit down with a writer who worked in construction, who built a career of exploring the everyday life of East Angeleno men struggling to build their version of the American Dream, and who now physically struggles to read and write,” writes Eileen Cronin in the introduction to her long-form interview with Dagoberto Gilb. 

The two talk about his work, his experience with disability, and the new anthology,
The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked. 

Read Sheila Black's moving essay,
Passing My Disability on to My Children

“Pain — both physical and psychic — is a part of my two younger kids’ daily experience, and it is the part that is hardest for me to get over.”

MICHAEL NORTHEN is the editor of Wordgathering, A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. With Sheila Black and Jennifer Bartlet, he co-edited Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and is the past facilitator of the Inglis House Poetry Workshop for writers with disabilities. As an educator for over 40 years, he has taught adults with physical disabilities, women on public assistance, prisoners, and rural and inner city children.

is the author of three poetry collections: Love/Iraq, House of Bone and, most recently, Wen Kroy, which won the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry from Dream Horse Press). She is also a co-editor with Jennifer Bartlett and Michael Northen of Beauty is a Verb: the New Poetry of Disability, published by Cinco Puntos Press and named a 2012 Notable Book for Adults by the American Library Association (ALA). She received a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress for which she was selected by Philip Levine. She lives in San Antonio, Texas where she directs Gemini Ink, a literary arts center.

Contributing Authors 

Michael Northen, “Introduction” | Kobus Moolman, “The Swimming Lesson” | Tantra Bensko, “Virus on Fire” | Raymond Luczak, “Winter Eyes” | Noria Jablonski, “Solo in the Spotlight” | Bobbi Lurie, “The Protective Effects of Sex” | Jonathan Mack, “The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked” | Jillian Weise, “Raymond Carvers’s Cathedral” | Stephen Kuuisisto, “Plato Again” | Liesl Jobson, “Still Life in the Art Room” | Joe Vastano, “Twinning” | Kara Dorris, “In the Waiting Room” | Megan Granata, “The Sitting” | Ellen McGrath Smith, “Two Very Different Things” | Anne Finger, “Comrade Luxemburg and Comrade Gramsci Pass Each Other in the Congress of the Second International on the 10th of March, 1912” | Nisi Shawl, “Deep End” | Dagberto Gilb, “please, thank you” | Thom Jones, “Angel at My Table” | Paul de Angera, “Riding the Bus” | Christopher John Heuer, “Trauma” | Ana Garza, “Rocks and Processes” | Ann Margaret Bogle, “Letter to John Berryman” | Alison Oatman, “Hospital Corners” | Robert Fagan, “Census” | Lisa Gill, “Holding Zeno’s Suitcase in Kansas, Flowering” | Gretchen Henderson, “Condensed” | Floyd Skloot, “Alzheimer’s Noir”



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