Telling Our Stories: Interview with Jim Ferris

Thursday, November 10, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Picture of Jim FerrisGuest Speaker: Jim Ferris is a critically-acclaimed and nationally-recognized poet. In 2004, his poetry book "The Hospital Poems" won the Main Street Rag Book Award, and he read his poem, "Poems with Disabilities" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. A former newspaper reporter, television producer, and gas station pump jockey, Ferris has won awards for his teaching as well as his writing.

Ferris has described himself as a "crip poet.” According to Ferris, "crip poetry," or disability poetry as he also referred to it, involves people with disabilities not allowing themselves to be stereotyped or marginalized. In his essay, "Crip Poetry, or How I Learned to Love the Limp," Ferris defines "crip poetry" as, "poetry that seeks to explore and validate the lived experience of moving through the world with a disability ... disability poetry embodies a disability consciousness; it is informed by and contributes to the disability consciousness."

Currently Jim is also the chair of the Disabilities Studies Program at Ohio’s University of Toledo. The program is an interdisciplinary field of study located in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is focused on the contributions, experiences, history, and culture of people with disabilities regionally, nationally, and internationally. Disability is understood as a sociocultural phenomenon and not as a medically defined condition.

A sample of Jim Ferris’ poetry from The Hospital Poems can be found at http://www.mainstreetrag.com/JFerris.html 

“Telling Our Stories” is a monthly podcast featuring interviews with influential and interesting disabled people. The interviews are the real, barely sanitized, non-tragic, non-triumphant, and always proud insiders' perspective on the disability experience.

Host: Anthony Tusler -  writer, consultant, trainer, and advocate on disability issues.

Date: Welcome to our First Podcast! We are moving our Telling Our Stories series out of the ATC Online Classroom and into a true interview format - the Podcast. The audio of this interview will be available on Thursday, November 10th at approximately 10AM. When the Podcast is posted you'll find a Link Here.

Audience:  All

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