Stairs&Whispers D/deaf & Disabled Poets anthology

Stairs&Whispers D/deaf & Disabled Poets anthology

Help us to publish Stairs and Whispers, the first major U.K. anthology of poetry and essays by D/deaf and Disabled poets.

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On 17th Mar 2017 we successfully raised £2,811 of £2,500 target with 150 supporters in 35 days

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If we exceed our target of £2000, we will aim for our stretch target of £3500, and put any extra funds back into our project for sharing between our editors and contributors, and (if we reach the full target) put extra funds towards recording and sharing further poems from the anthology. Help us create even more to share!

Five years after the seminal U.S. anthology, Beauty is a Verb, Nine Arches Press is hoping to publish its exciting UK progeny: Stairs and Whispers. The first of its kind and packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos, this book showcases a diversity of styles, opinions, and survival strategies for a world that often works to shut D/deaf and Disabled people down.

Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman have co-edited Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, a ground-breaking anthology examining the poetics of disabled and D/deaf cultures. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces – these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.

So far, this two-year project has been part-funded by Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England, and supported in kind by Nine Arches Press. We are paying all contributors and editors, and we are also planning launches and events nationwide later in summer 2017. There will also be substantial digital resources - videos, audio and more. We now just now need a little support to help to get this exciting anthology through the final stages and into print. 

Can you help us make this vital and groundbreaking book a reality?  

We don't just want to ask for your cash without giving something back, so we are offering you the chance to pre-order the book as part of your support:

  • pledge £5 and we will send you a £5 voucher redeemable against purchasing the book from our website
  • pledge £10 and we will send you the anthology as a free eBook
  • pledge £15 or more and we will send you a paperback copy of the print anthology (with FREE UK postage)
  • Pledge £18 for a paperback copy of the anthology with International postage included

 ... plus further options!

In addition, everyone who pledges will get their name printed in the back of the book as a supporter of this anthology. 


About the editors: Alland’s collections include Blissful Times (BookThug, 2007) and Naturally Speaking (espresso, 2012). Barokka's works include Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, 2016) and Rope (Nine Arches, 2017). Sluman has two books with Nine Arches: Absence has a weight of its own (2012) and The Terrible (2015).

Stairs and Whispers includes poems and performances by over 50 new and established poets, short critical or personal writings by selected contributors, and essays by our three co-editors plus Raymond Antrobus, Abi Palmer, Eleanor Ward and Nuala Watt.

The anthology features poems by:
Aaron Williamson, Abi Palmer, Abigail Penny, Alec Finlay, Andra Simons, Angela Readman, Cath Nichols, Catherine Edmunds, Cathy Bryant, Claire Cunningham, Clare Hill, Colin Hambrook, Eleanor Ward, Ellie Clarke, Emily Ingram, Georgi Gill, Giles Turnbull, Gram Joel Davis, Grant Tarbard, Holly Magill, Isha, Jacqueline Pemberton, Joanne Limburg, Julie McNamara, Karen Hoy, Khairani Barokka, Kitty Coles, Kuli Kohli, Lisa Kelly, Lydia Popowich, Markie Burnhope, Michelle Green, Miki Byrne, Naomi Woddis, Nuala Watt, Rachael Boast, Raisa Kabir, Raymond Antrobus, Rosamund McCullain, Rose Cook, Sandra Alland, Saradha Soobrayen, Sarah Golightley, Sean Burn, Stephanie Conn

You can find our about the full listings for the anthology, and read more about the project on the anthology's blog here.


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