About LINK The Write Disability

This is a project we ran in 2012 that we hope to expand in the future, even in online dialogue. Inviting exploration of body and stereotypes, limits, strengths, individual story and literary aesthetic proved fruitful and we look forward to doing more.

(L)INK: The Write Disability will expand our understanding of disability culture by offering a weekend of presentations by disabled authors. Kenny Fries, Lisa Gill, Natalie Illum, Denise Leto, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke and Mary McGinnis will all share poetry and prose and offer presentations at the Outpost Performance Space the evening of Friday May 11th. On Saturday May 12th, presentations will take place in the morning at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory on Gold St. and at the Downtown Library in the afternoon. A special edition of the LGBTQ Slam OUTspoken will also happen on Thursday night May 10th and feature disabled writers Aaron Ambrose, Kenny Fries, along with MFA student David Andrew Rubalcava Talamantes and the usual programming. These events are presented by Basement Films and Local Poets Guild, and funded in part by the generous support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


In collaboration with Local Poets Guild, OUTspoken Presents a special event with featured readings from Kenny Fries, Aaron Ambrose, David Andrew Rubalcava Talamantes on Relationships. Event includes abbreviated versions of the famous quarterly GLBTQ Open Mic and Slam. The Cell Theater 701-First St. NW 7pm. Suggested $5 donation. No one turned away.

Friday May 11th

Beauty is a Verb: Poetry and Prose by Writers with Disabilities Our official (L)INK: The Write Disability kicks off featuring Denise Leto (San Francisco), Natalie Illum (DC), Kenny Fries (Toronto), Mary McGinnis (Santa Fe), Lisa Gill (Albuquerque),  and Aaron Ambrose (Santa Fe) 7:30 pm @ the Outpost Performance Space $15/10 members and students

Saturday May 12, 2012

9:00 – 10:15 am

Writing to Heal and Writing for Joy with Lisa Gill, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, and Mary McGinnis  at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory 110 Gold SW across from train station free

10:30am — 12:00 noon

From the United Nations to the Bar: About performance with Kenny Fries and Natalie Illum with a bonus feature on multimedia work with Denise Leto  Tricklock Performance Laboratory 110 Gold SW Free

2:00–3:30 pm

Keynote Speakers Kenny Fries, Mary McGinnis, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke  at the Main Library Auditorium Downtown 6th and Copper Free


Community Open Mic Hosted by Rich Boucher

Panel Discussion with (L)INK participants features Kenny Fries, Natalie Illum, Denise Leto, Mary McGinnis, Aaron Ambrose, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Lisa Gill at the auditorium  in the Main Library Downtown at 6th and Copper free. Discussion will be followed by an open mic. (Everyone welcome to read, disabled or able-bodied, any theme.)


This is an exciting convergence and we hope you’ll mark your calendar and attend as much as you can. Many events will also be interpreted into sign and ALL venues meet ADA guidelines. For more information, keep watch here or write to Lisa Gill at nearartexperience at yahoo or localpoetsguild (@) yahoo (.) com.

This event is made possible by generous support from the McCune Charitable Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special gratitude also goes to Tom Guralnick of the Outpost Performance Space, Bryan Konefsky at Basement Films, Fusion Theater Company and the Cell, Tricklock Theater Company and their brand new Laboratory, plus the Downtown Main Library, and Erin Northern of OUTspoken.