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Writing Poetry About Disability

Or How To “Crip” Your Poem

June 15, 2023 @ 6:00 pm July 27, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Photograph of Jacob Scheier. Jacob is a white man in his 50s with brown hair and a beard with streaks of grey. Jacob is wearing an olive-green shirt under a black button up top. Jacob is gazing into the camera with a slight smile. He is standing in front of a brick wall painted red.

An online workshop with Governor General’s Award Winner Jacob Scheier

Thursday: 6-8pm Central Time: June 15-July 27 (off-week June 29)

In this six-week online workshop-course, participants will learn techniques and devices for writing poetry about disability with a disability (social-political) consciousness, also known as “Crip Poetry: a radical subgenre of poetry focused on self-defining disability against the norms of a society made by and for able-bodied/minded people.

This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as having a disability: this is not limited to physical disability, but includes psychological disability: such as (but not limited to), those who identify as neurodiverse and/or psychiatric survivors.

Writers of all levels of experience are welcome.

Jacob Scheier is the author of three full length poetry collections with ECW Press, including Is This Scary? (2021): a poetic chronicle of mental suffering and chronic illness. His poems have been published in magazines and anthologies across North America, been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and Longlisted for the CBC Poetry. 

Jacob has been facilitating poetry workshops on disability since 2019 for a variety of communities and institutions, most recently as the Fall 2022 Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba 

To register or for more information contact Jacob at

For more info about Jacob, go to

Cost: $250—Sliding Scale for those in financial need

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