2018 Agenda

AWP Disabled and D/deaf Writers’ Caucus  Agenda


Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

6:00 to 6:05 Board: Brief welcome. Jim Ferris
6:05 to 6:10 Election of new board president and vice-president

Co-Presidents: Eileen Cronin and Anna Lys Black

Eileen Cronin

Eileen Cronin’s memoir Mermaid was translated into three languages and is on O Magazine’s Best Memoirs of 2014 list. Her first publication was a cover story for the Washington Post Outlook section. She was awarded the Washington Writing Prize in fiction, and her essays/stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Hill, and in various literary magazines. Eileen practices clinical psychology in Los Angeles and sometimes performs with The Moth.

Anna Lys Black

Anna Lys Black (formerly known as Cheyenne Black) serves as the editor-in-chief for Hayden’s Ferry Review at Arizona State University where she is a Virginia G. Piper global fellow and mere weeks from completion of her MFA. Black is the editor of the Sundress Publications blog, Lyric Essentials. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies We Will be Shelter and In Sight: An Ekphrastic Collaboration, as well as the journals 45th Parallel, Bacopa Review, Wordgathering, the American Journal of Poetry, and New Mobility among others.

Co-Vice-Presidents: Cade Leebron and Jeneva Stone

Cade Leebron

Cade Leebron https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qgenrlZVxqDKvHBPq6By7_Q8lNPlI2bPJMJG-ea8ZB0/editis a writer living in Columbus, OH. She holds an MFA from Ohio State, where she served as an editor at The Journal. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Electric Literature, Day One, and elsewhere. Find her online at www.mslifeisbestlife.com or on Twitter @CadeyLadey


Jeneva Stone

Jeneva Stone is the author of MONSTER (Phoenicia Publishing), a literary hybrid on disability, caregiving and the science of rare disease. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell and Millay Colonies, as well as the Mellon Foundation in the Humanities. Jeneva identifies with disability through her own anxiety disorder, as well as the complex disabilities of her son Robert. For more: https://jenevastone.com


Advisory board membership.




6:10 to 6:25 Jillian Weise: Representation on AWP panels/keynotes and literary journals, 2018; Submittable accessibility (via Kathi Wolfe).

Cade Leebron: Caucus Submit-A-Thon

Jess Silfa: Gathering Data on Writing Residencies

(subcommittee sign-ups: Lit journals, submission & Submittable accessibility; Writing Residencies; representation in convention keynotes and panels)


6:25 to 6:40 Jess Silfa and Molly McCully Brown: Tampa Resources Accessibility of this year’s off-site venues in light of recent AWP policy of listing only events whose coordinators confirm that the venue is ADA-compliant; transportation and access in the city.

(subcommittee sign-ups for Portland 19)

6:40 to 6:50 Ellen McGrath Smith: AWP’s efforts to stagger caucus meeting dates/times for those who belong to more than one; board and caucus planning for ongoing contact, goal-setting, and transparency.

(subcommittee: caucus goals/timelines/ongoing communication)

7:00 to 7:10 Introduction to and Q&A with new AWP Accessibility Consultant Cindy Kaufman

Closing remarks (Jim Ferris)

Additional Information: Please make sure to add or check/update your caucus membership contact information at the sign-up sheet provided near the door. Sign-Ups for subcommittees will also be available. For those not attending the Tampa convention, contact AWPdisabilitycaucus@gmail.com, to sign up for a subcommittee.

Effort will be made to Facebook-live or Periscope the caucus meeting, wifi and other tech permitting.