Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

What are the Mission and Goals of Breath & Shadow?


The mission of Breath & Shadow is to

• promote disability writing and culture, thereby promoting cross-disability pride, community, and solidarity;

• empower and create opportunities for people with disabilities in the literary field; and

• convey to readers and the general public: (1) the richness and significance of disability literature, (2) a greater understanding of the disability experience, and (3) the importance of disability culture — for all people.

Breath & Shadow's goals are to

• present in each issue diverse and high quality pieces of writing by people with disabilities;

• promote disability literature and culture;

• promote recognition that people with disabilities are making unique and valuable contributions to literature and the arts;

• reveal a disability angle in mainstream media or society (that might otherwise be ignored, buried, or denied);

• draw attention to and celebrate leaders in the disability community, in order to provide role models for artists and activists and recognize the larger disability rights movement within which we work;

• create publishing opportunities for writers who are typically denied access in the mainstream — especially writers who face barriers due to their disability, their topic, the way their disability affects their work, or factors such as lack of formal education or newness to the field.

This site created by Norman Meldrum, currently edited by Mike Reynolds. uppitycrip@gmail.com

Part of the cost of keeping this site online has been donated by Electric Embers http://www.electricembers.net