"A quintessential feminist voice in this 21st-century era" --Janell Hobson, Ph.D., Ms. blogger, SUNY Albany professor, and author of Venus in the Dark
Here are some of the books I'm proud to be in.
Visible: A Femmethology is a two-volume set of essays on femme identity by a wonderfully diversegroup of skilled writers, including Margaret Price and Peggy Munson. Topics cross lines of gender, sexual orientation, race, class, and dis/ability. My piece, in volume one, "A Decade Later: Still, Femme?" is a meditation on what has changed since I wrote "Still, Femme" in 1998 -- my essay on maintaining femme identity with a disability. This essay was physically, mentally, and emotionally grueling; it was the only writing I did during the two years I was sickest with Lyme. However, it still got some really heart-warming reviews, for which I'm quite grateful.
Are We Feeling Better Yet? The essays are so well-written -- some funny, some poignant, and many a combination -- that the only problem I have with it is that my work feels weak in comparison. My contribution was one of my humor columns: "PCA Does Not Stand for Personal Care Assassin."
The book's subtitle, "Women Speak about Health Care in America," really doesn't do justice to the breadth and depth of the writing. Yes, it is about women's very diverse experiences of health care, but it's also just excellent writing about the human condition.
My Body of Knowledge: Stories of Illness, Disability, Healing, and Life is proof that self-publishing can produce a quality book that all can be proud of. My piece, "Pap Goes the Wheezer," is one of my favorite humor essays. I was excited to have it included. I also enjoyed the other pieces and was excited to have my work included alongside some of my favorite well-known writers (such as Molly Ivins and Floyd Skloot), as well as some of my favorite emerging writers (Madeleine Parish, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, and Erin Lewy).
Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism was one of the first books I contributed to, and I had no idea how lucky I was back then to work with Danya Ruttenberg and to have my essay appear alongside Hanne Blank's, Ophira Edut's, and a host of other excellent Jewish women writers. I'm thrilled that this book is still being read -- and used in college classrooms. The topics are diverse, and the writing is excellent. My piece, "Composting Judaism" focuses on how my culture, spirituality, and disability of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) intersect.
There are now several books by or about queers with disabilities, but when Restricted Access: Lesbians on Disability was published, it was the only game in town. It is still worth a read, both to discover how much has changed and how much has not, and because some of the pieces in it are excellent and timeless. My essay, "Still, Femme," was mentioned in reviews.
Other nonfiction anthology credits include the following:
- "A Partner Who Values Me," Sticks and Stones: Disabled People's Stories of Abuse, Defiance, and Resilience;
- "Crip Queer Chat" and "Still, Femme," in Pinned Down by Pronouns;
- "Staggering to the Other Side of the Fence" and four cartoons ("Benefit of the Doubt," "EI Accessories," "CFIDS Diet," and "A Religious Experience") (United Kingdom), Knowing ME: Women Speak about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;
- Das MCS-Lesebuch (The MCS Anthology), translated into German: "Nichts als Abstriche" ("Pap Goes the Wheezer"), "Der MCS-Racheengel" ("The EI Avenger") "Friede den Gehsteigen" ("Pavement Peace") and various cartoons.