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Media, Accessibility, Travel Deaf since age five, Lisa is a freelance writer and photographer based in the Ozarks. She has had articles published in equitrekking.com, matadornetwork.com, Fresh Cup, INSIDE Bella Vista and Ozarks Farm & Neighbor. Lisa also has experience as a proofreader and copy editor. Her background includes web sites, magazine and book publishing, private label food packaging and loyalty marketing materials. Lisa has also worked as a pro bono social media contributor for Watts of Love, a global solar light distribution nonprofit. Additional communication availability: Text, videoconference (sign language)
Books, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, History, Criticism, Disability, Service Animals, Technology M. Leona Godin is a writer, actor, artist, and educator who is blind. She is currently working on Seeing & Not-Seeing: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness with Pantheon Books. Godin received her PhD in English Literature from NYU. Her writing has appeared in such diverse publications as PLAYBOY, O Magazine, and Catapult, where she writes a column called “A Blind Writer's Notebook.” She founded Aromatica Poetica as a venue for exploring the arts and sciences of smell and taste, an online magazine not specifically for, but welcoming to, blind readers and writers. As an actor and director, Godin wrote and produced two theatrical productions in New York City: The Star of Happiness, which is based on Helen Keller’s time performing on vaudeville (1920-24), and The Spectator & the Blind Man, set in 18th century France, which tells the history of the invention of braille. Godin has given talks and lectures on art, accessibility, technology, and blindness in venues from the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville to NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Having grown up in San Francisco and spent many years in New York, Godin and her partner Alabaster have temporarily ensconced themselves in Denver. M. Leona Godin is a writer, actor, artist, and educator who is blind. She is currently working on Seeing & Not-Seeing: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness with Pantheon Books. Godin received her PhD in English Literature from NYU. Her writing has appeared in such diverse publications as PLAYBOY, O Magazine, and Catapult, where she writes a column called “A Blind Writer's Notebook.” She founded Aromatica Poetica as a venue for exploring the arts and sciences of smell and taste, an online magazine not specifically for, but welcoming to, blind readers and writers. As an actor and director, Godin wrote and produced two theatrical productions in New York City: The Star of Happiness, which is based on Helen Keller’s time performing on vaudeville (1920-24), and The Spectator & the Blind Man, set in 18th century France, which tells the history of the invention of braille. Godin has given talks and lectures on art, accessibility, technology, and blindness in venues from the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville to NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Having grown up in San Francisco and spent many years in New York, Godin and her partner Alabaster have temporarily ensconced themselves in Denver.
Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Lifestyle Elyse Wanshel is a reporter for HuffPost, based in New York. She previously worked as a humor/nightlife columnist for the Miami New Times and misses Cuban coffee and croquetas dearly.
Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, LGBQT, Disability, Technology Emerson College graduate with extensive experience in digital media, esports, and geek culture, especially where it intersects with the disabled and/or queer communities. Expert in online community-building with a focus on inclusivity and accessibility.
Media, Pop Culture, Books, Music, Politics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Religion, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and she's been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries - she's graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.” (Jess Wolfe, Lucius) In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures and disability advocacy that she plans to release in 2022.
Pop Culture, Books, Poetry, Art, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Feminism, Race, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality, Beauty Hablo Rodriguez-Williams is an unapologetic, Brown, genderqueer artist, poet, freelance writer, author, scholar, disability rights organizer, native, herbal healer and social critic. As a shape shifting, self proclaimed, "Sadboi", Hablo's werk centers a decolonial lens around Queer and Trans POWER and disability. Hablo's work emphasizes everything unapologetically feminine and the ever queering of the word "femme". Hablo's spoken word shines light on the often overlooked, "gritty", parts of queerness, decolonialism and disability. Through their own multiplicities and intersectionalities of their existence; as a first generation Colombian and Indigenous disabled person, Hablo's capacity for story telling allows for them to be instrumental to a cultural movement and narrative of resistance.
Media, Medicine, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Race, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology, Lifestyle Robin Wilson-Beattie is a speaker, writer, and advocate for disability and sexuality as well as one of the first people to talk about disability, sexuality, and marketing to adult product retailers and manufacturers. She combines years of personal experience with medically sound research to provide a unique perspective on how life and identity impacts one's sexual expression. Her speaking engagements include multiple keynotes and panels, including three consecutive years speaking at the Adult Video News convention in Las Vegas. Her work has not only helped tens of thousands of disabled people, but also inspired many others to become advocates for sexuality and disability education, an incredibly underserved area. Robin is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and a graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI). Currently, she is working on a book that shares the reproductive health experiences of people with disabilities. Robin is a deep-fried Southern woman, mid-century buff, and proud Mama of one amazing person.
Books, Poetry, Fiction, History, Criticism, Food, Feminism, Religion, Disability, Lifestyle Allison Bird Treacy is an essayist, professional ghostwriter, and poet living in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She has a BA in English Literature & Women's Studies from Smith College and an MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with an emphasis on Disability Studies from Emory University. Bird's work focuses on issues of mental health, autism, and the history of institutionalization, and her thesis work considered how modern reproductive technology intersects with the history of eugenics.
Pop Culture, Books, Theatre, Education, Feminism, Race, LGBQT, Sexuality Anthony James Williams (they/them pronouns) is a proud Black queer nonbinary sociology PhD student studying race and incarceration. They began statewide Black student organizing with the Afrikan Black Coalition before leaving and starting Black grassroots organizing in Oakland, CA with the Black Organizing Project.
Pop Culture, Sciences, Television, Education, Food, Disability, Relationships, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty Sunny Fitzgerald is a freelance writer and sustainable travel specialist. Her work appears in National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, Health Central, and more. Specialties include migraines, hemiplegic migraines, chronic illness, neurological disorders, celiac disease, travel, nature, environment, susustainability, health, anxiety, wellness, alternative medicine.