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Arts and Performance

Celebrating CripLit: An Evening with Ona Gritz

June 25, 2021 at 8:00pm9:00pm EDT

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Hosted by Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature and the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute.

Ona Gritz will read prose from her forthcoming collection, Present Imperfect: Essays, and engage in discussion with Zoom participants. This event will highlight and celebrate Ona’s creative work as well as her contributions as Wordgathering’s Gatherer’s Blog Editor.

About Ona Gritz

Ona Gritz’s books include Geode, a Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award finalist; On the Whole: A Story of Mothering and Disability, a memoir; and Present Imperfect: Essays (forthcoming). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Bellevue Literary Review, River Teeth, Brevity, and elsewhere. Recent honors include two Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and a winning entry in The Poetry Archive Now: Wordview 2020 project.

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With thanks to our partners at the Syracuse University Bookstore, selected texts are available to event  participants at a discount online at:

Registration is required.

There will be an opportunity for discussion with and questions from participants.

This event is free and open to the public. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, live captioning, and image descriptions will be provided.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image descriptions of photographs included on the digital poster (which includes orange and blue lettering on a white background):

Book cover of Present Imperfect— a black and white photograph of a woman with short hair holding an infant, in shadow, with their backs to the camera.

Color photograph of Ona Gritz, a white woman in front of a wall of green leaves.

This event was published on June 21, 2021.

Event Details

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    This event is free and open to the public.
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    College of Law
  • Organizer
    Burton Blatt Institute
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    Burton Blatt Institute
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    ASL Interpretation
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