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There is still time to endorse my nomination as a Patient Leader for the #WEGOHealthAwards. If I were to be selected, I could extend my reach  with movers and shakers in healthcare  to advocate for people with disabilities. 

If you haven’t already, please follow this link to navigate to my nominee profile at #WEGOHealthAwards. Under my picture on the right-hand side of the page will be an “endorse” button. Clicking this button will submit an endorsement. While you are there, take a look at some of the other outstanding candidates. As I understand it, you can endorse more than one person. If you know of an outstanding patient advocate in your community, you can nominate them here.

I am so thankful to The Clifton Writing Workshop members who sat through my first improvisation of this speech. And I am beyond thankful to my friend Maria Ramos, who directed and filmed the final product. If you like this video, please share!

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I’ve been nominated for “Best Blog” at the #WEGOHealthAwards! These awards seek to recognize Patient Leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy. Learn more & vote for me today.

Like any writer, I’m a big believer in the power of story. Our culture right now is experiencing a bit of churn as those of us who have been historically overlooked, vilified, and ignored are getting out there and telling our own stories, without much invitation or permission.

I had a lot of fun at The Art Academy of Cincinnati last semester teaching Don’t Call Us Dead, a powerful book of poetry by Black, queer poet Danez Smith; Get Out, the subversive screenplay by Jordan Peele; and the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer, which was written by Viet Thanh Ngyen, an author who’d endured being separated from his parents as a child immigrant. (I know, I know: all men! The semester before I’d featured all women, so that’s the way the see-saw tipped.) As always, I’d urged my students to tell their own stories, and to share the stories that spoke the strongest to them.

In future classes, I would love to feature brilliant disabled poets, screenwriters, and novelists. I know they must be out there. (And maybe slowly getting published?) If you have any suggestions, add to comments.

Let’s lift each other up.

UPDATE: I just found my next poet, WordPress author Susan Richardson. https://burninghousepress.com/2018/06/23/3-poems-by-susan-richardson/comment-page-1/#comment-963