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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Capable Massachusetts: Poets with Disabilties FILLING

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Most of the time, people with disabilities are spoken about. At Capable Massachusetts, they will be speaking out. Slam poetry legend Ryk McIntrye and Oddball Magazine founder Jason Wright will be joined by rising stars Hannah Brown and Lewis Morris (a member of Flatline Poetry, winners of Best Poetry Group at the 2013 Mass Poetry Awards) for a generational artistic dialog on disabilities visible and invisible, and the ongoing struggle, 25 years after the ADA, to build a future where they are not barriers to opportunity. Moderated by poet and organizer Colin Killick of the Disability Policy Consortium.

Moderators
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Colin Killick

Community Organizer, Disability Policy Consortium
Colin Killick is a poet and disability rights activist based in Somerville, MA, where he chairs the Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He previously produced Capable Somerville 2014, an event bringing together disability rights activists and disabled poets from across New England for an evening of performance and discussion. His work has been published in Freezeray and Oddball Magazine, and he is the author of the chapbook Attack of the 50... Read More →

Speakers
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Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown is a poet and spoken word artist from Boston. She has been writing for the majority of her life. After graduating from Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, she returned to the area and began performing regularly in 2014. Since then, she has been featured at Stone Soup and published in Oddball Magazine and Stone's Throw. She traveled to Ferguson in November to speak with local activists and has been inspired as a person and... Read More →
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Ryk McIntyre

Ryk McIntyre has been a legendary presence on the New England poetry scene for decades. Which is to say, he is rarely photographed and not everyone is convinced he really exists. He has toured extensively around the continental United States and Canada, appearing on stages as varied as NYC’s New School, Portsmouth NH’s Music Hall, Lollapalooza and the very first “Legends of The Slam” Showcase, at the National Poetry Slam in 2006 in... Read More →
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Jason Wright

Editor/Founder, Oddball Magazine
Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. He has been published in the Somerville Scout, Fox Chase Review, Wilderness Review, Stones Throw, and Somerville Times. He was selected to read at Boston City Hall for his poem Strong as the Boston Skyline, Oddball Magazine was featured at Massachusetts Poetry Festival in 2014 as well and has read at the Cambridge River Festival a few times. He is a regular at Stone Soup in Cambridge... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM Studio 1

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