Disabled Women on the Web

Disabled Women on the Web

Art & Culture


Anne Finger, writer

Review of “Past Due”

"Forbidden Fruit: Why Shouldn't Disabled People Have sex or become parents?" by Anne Finger, New Internationalist, Issue 233, July 1992

Barbara Hardaway

Barbara Hardaway, with background as a costume/make-up artist and set designer, received a Ph.D in non-verbal Intercultural communication from Howard University in Washington, DC and currently is an English professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. As a collage artist, she creates fun and fantasy in mixed-media and paper works of art that range from wall hangings to furniture. She shows beauty in places where one might not expect and transforms objects into artifacts that go beyond their intended use. Her work moves in directions of bold colors and contrasting elements to create visual tension and playful energy.
Barbara Hardaway's webpage has wonderful images of her work.

Cheryl Marie Wade, poet, playwright, videomaker, performer

Professional Experience: 1997-present, Gnarlybone News, free online "cut and paste" disability culture newsletter with occasional commentary 2001, Workshop theater production with Alchemy Works of two short plays, "Parting Shots" and "Across A Crowded Room". 2001, poetry performances /presentations at Berkeley Arts Access Network Festival, UC Davis Disability Awareness Celebration, UC Berkeley ADA rally. 2001, "Body Talk", poems of sensuality, intimacy and identity. Short poetry performance video. Co-producer (with French filmmaker Diane Maroger), writer, performer. Body Talk received an Award of Achievement from Superfest XXI. http://nadc.ucla.edu/database/nadcartsAction.cfm

Jean Parker, radio producer and interviewer

Disability Radio Worldwide creator, producer and host, Jean Parker is a well-known disability rights activist with years of experience working in the movement. Jean's list of program guests reads like a "Who's Who" of the disability community leadership around the globe. Almost all of the guests on Disability Radio Worldwide are people with disabilities and experts in their field(s), discussing the full spectrum of issues related to advancing the human rights of people with disabilities around the world.
- Radio interviews
- Print transcripts

Julia “Dolphin” Trahan, performer

Julia is a hard performer to describe. She is brilliant, irritating, sexy, scandalous and outrageous all at the same time. During a workshop on reframing our perceptions, she handed around her recently-removed artificial hip joint. There is no one else quite like her.
- Julia Trahan's home page
- Julia Trahan's Resume

Laura Hershey, writer

Crip Commentary - Hershey's column

Hershey, L. (1996). Her gift to me is a window. In S. Tremain (Ed.), Pushing the limits: Disabled dykes produce culture. Toronto: Women's Press.

Linda Montgomery, photographer

Before losing her vision, Linda Montgomery was a successful nature photographer. Her new book called Silent Strength combines the pictures she took when she could see with the poetry she has written since becoming blind. Combining medical science with her spiritual beliefs makes her story of transition to disability unique and enlightening.
- Radio interview with Linda Montgomery
- Print transcript

Nancy Mairs, writer

Nancy Mairs' home page

A poet and an essayist, she was awarded the 1984 Western States Book Award in poetry for In All the Rooms of the Yellow House (Confluence Press, 1984) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991. Her first work of nonfiction, a collection of essays entitled Plaintext: Deciphering a Woman's Life, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 1986. Since then, she has written a memoir, Remembering the Bone House, a spiritual autobiography, Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal, and three more books of essays, Carnal Acts, Voice Lessons: On Becoming a (Woman) Writer, and Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled, all available from Beacon Press. Her current project is entitled Life's Worth: Rethinking How We Live and Die.

She and her husband, George, a high-school English teacher, continue to live in Tucson, though they make public appearances throughout the country. A Research Associate with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, she also serves on the Committee on Disability Issues of the Modern Languages Association, the Commission on the New Aging of the Pima Council on Aging, and the board of the Arizona Center for Disability Law.

Riva Lehrer, painter

Riva Lehrer is a powerful painter. Her Circle Stories painting series of disabled people is insightful, humorous and affirming.
See Lehrer's work online
Riva Lehrer's resume

"The body is the first story; our text of first meeting. I see you, you see me, skin, bone, eyes, hair: assumptions pour forth like a rip in a dam. See the thousand imprints of sex, nation, money, clues to the familiar and exotic. We read and decide in eyeblink time. When bone and blood show an unfamiliar shape, the judgments freeze into a first, rigid wall between you and I. So paint the story of surface and bone explicit, unavoidable, and ask what did you fear then and what do you think now."

Safi Na Nairobi, photographer, poet

Professional Experience: Staff photographer, Reggae Review, San Francisco. UC Berkely's African Student Association's Award of Achievement and Excellence following a mixed media exhibit: Journey Through Southern Africa Staff photographer, FORWARD magazine, Seattle, WA.

Susan Nussbaum, playwright, actor, director

Susan Nussbaum is a playwright, actress, director and disability rights activist. She has starred in, written and/or directed productions at the Goodman, Victory Gardens, Blue Rider and other major venues. Her play Mishuganismo is included in Staring Back, and her latest play, No One As Nasty, opened at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater in 2000. She also teaches play writing at the Mark Tabor Forum in Los Angeles. Nussbaum was injured in a car accident twenty years ago, and has examined the disability experience with an unsparing, critical wit.

- Review of “No One As Nasty”
- Painting of Susan Nussbaum by Riva Lehrer

Tekki Lomnicki, writer, performer, director

"Little Amazons in the Arts"

"I consider myself a writer first, then an actor and director. I end up writing and performing my own material, since the writing generally moves me first. I haven't faced a lot of rejection in the theatre community as an actor because I haven't put myself on the line in that way too often. Yet I have done some very satisfying roles as a performer -- always starting with directors who have the vision to see me first as an actor, then as a little person. "

“Other story-based creations for Tellin’ Tales include Honor Thy Mother, Alchemy, Tall Tales & Small Miracles, Honor Thy Father, 2001: A Wedding Odyssey and Sibling Revelry. She has appeared in Lexis Praxis at Zebra Crossing, Activities of Daily Living with Remains/Blue Rider; and Genetic Material for the Live Bait Fillet of Solo Festival. Tekki also adapted and directed Old Love Letters I Keep in my Underwear Drawer, produced at the Bailiwick. She most recently performed with Susan Nussbaum in Nussbaum's Parade at Estrogen Fest.”

Tekki Lomnicki stage persona

Terry Galloway, performer, writer, director

“Terry Galloway is a hearing impaired writer, director and performer who has received grants in writing, directing and performing from, among others, the NEA, the PEW Charitable Trusts, the Able Foundation, The Texas Institute of Letters and the Florida Council of the Arts. Most recently she received a national Public Radio News Directors Award for Excellence in Radio Commentary and the Irene Coger Award for Outstanding Performance from the National Communications Association. In addition to conducting many other kids of ACTUAL LIVES workshops in writing and performance, she’s the head cheese of the Mickee Faust Club, and alternative, community based theater in Tallahassee, Florida whose video work has been winning recognition around the world. She’s now hard at work on a memoir about growing up deaf, “The Unheard,” and a two-act musical comedy “The Women of Ravensmadd.” (bio from Actual Lives)

Victoria Ann Lewis, performer, teacher

“Victoria Ann Lewis is the founder and Director of Other Voices, a play and community development program for artists with disabilities. Housed at the Mark Taper Forum since 1981, the program has provided national leadership for the disabled arts community through writers' residencies, reading and performance series, master workshops and cultural conversations. In June of this year Ms. Lewis chaired the Careers in the Arts Forum, jointly convened by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Education. An accomplished solo performer in her own right, Ms. Lewis began her career as a writer and performer with the San Francisco-based Lilith Women's Theatre.” (see the Durfee Foundation)

Petra Kuppers, Associate Professor of Performance Studies

Petra Kuppers is an Associate Professor in Performance Studies, Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University and a Visiting Scholar, Pembroke Seminar, Brown University, since 2002. She is also Artistic Director of The Olimpias Disability Culture projects. Her work is represented at her web site: The Olimpias - Performance Research Project.


Panzarino, C. (1994). The me in the mirror. Seattle : Seal Press.


Axis Dance Troupe

Panel. (2003). All-Girl Action: Crip Queer Women in Performance. Disabled Women's Alliance. [2003, 9/26/2003].

Includes database of EUROPEAN artists with disabilities - as well as some wonderful photographs of artists work (and artists at work).

The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is the national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual-, performing-, media, and literary-arts communities. Its resource directories, annotated bibliographies, related links and conferences serve to advance artists with disabilities and accessibility to the arts.

VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA arts is creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Designated by The United States Congress as the coordinating organization for arts programming for persons with disabilities, VSA arts offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music and the visual arts.

“Since 1986, the Non-Traditional Casting Project has worked to address and seek solutions to the problems of exclusion and racism in theatre, film and television. In 1987, we established Artist Files/Online, the largest files in the country of actors with disabilities and actors of color. We recognized that the exclusion of these actors was not only discriminatory, it denied audiences the talent of these performers and in instances in which non-disabled actors were cast in disability-specific roles, it denied audiences the experience of Deafness and disability accurately portrayed. We recognized that Deaf culture is an important part of our national heritage and cultural legacy that should be reflected accurately on our stages and screens and shared with a broad spectrum of the American public.”

“This program is dedicated to the empowerment of new voices in the American theatre through a variety of strategies including performance training, documentary plays and a professional playwriting program for writers with disabilities. In recent years, the project has drawn on the model of the tent-show Chautauqua to create community events that are popular, entertaining and educational. Past productions include the television specials Tell Them I'm a Mermaid and Who Parks in Those Spaces, the national tour of The Greatest Stories Never Told for the AFL-CIO, and Teenage Ninja Mothers for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Next spring Other Voices will host their third play reading series: May Days and Chautauqua Nights. For more information on Other Voices, please call Victoria Ann Lewis at (213) 972-0759.”


Atkinson, D., Williams, F. (eds): Know me as I am: An anthology of prose, poetry and art by people with learning difficulties . London : Hodder & Stoughton, Open University Press, 1990


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