Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Breath & Shadow Staff


Editorial Staff

Chris Kuell in a red shirt, sitting.
Chris Kuell, Editor-in-Chief

Chris Kuell is a writer, editor and advocate living in Connecticut. A former research chemist, he lost his sight at thirty-five as a result of diabetic retinopathy. A few years later he learned how to use a computer with speech output and turned his efforts to writing. He’s had more than two dozen articles about blindness published, and His fiction has appeared in many print and electronic publications, including Spillway Review, Bewildering Stories,  Apollo’s Lyre, and the Sun. His stories also appear in the anthologies, Coping With Vision Loss, Northern Haunts, and Mountain Voices: Illuminating the Character of West Virginia.

photo of todd Hankls in semi professional attire

Todd Hanks, Assistant Editor

Todd Hanks is a pretty well published poet from the Ozarks of Missouri. His verse has been featured in the Kansas City Star newspaper, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and a ton of literary journals and pulp fiction magazines. He is diagnosed usually as schizo-effective, showing both characteristics of the schizophrenic and the bipolar. Music is as big a part of his life as writing, and he plays both the guitar and harmonica on a professional level.

Abigail with flowers in front of her
Abigail Astor

Despite serious mental and physical illness, Abigail Astor graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Queens College.  In addition to her work as an editor, she has done grant writing and tutoring.  In her spare time she writes poetry and non-fiction.  She now lives happily with her partner in Brooklyn.

Erika Jahneke

Ever since being born in Riverside, CA(her mother called  it "California's weirdest town,"even before that) in the early seventies, Erika Jahneke has done her best to chronicle the weird and wonderful about life as she sees it. Writer and blogger of both fiction and journalism(at least until that consultant slot at Leverage and Associates opens up), Erika writes about politics, pop culture, and why good people occasionally do bad things and sometimes get away with it. She lives in Phoenix, obsesses about Baltimore, and dreams of San Francisco. She is moderately hard at work on researching her first novel. For the third time. Also, attempting to master screenwriting software. Flames, love letters, and assorted booking requests can be sent to ejahneke@yahoo.com, where they will be screened by her security Jack Russell. Spelling counts!

Ann with her dog in a room.


Ann began fencing non-fiction for B & S in 2008 and now also fences poetry.  She enjoys the challenge of the task and finds the experience enriching on many different levels.   Of B & s, Ann holds the ezine in the highest regard because of the unique style and quality literary examples presented in each issue.

Ann has been legally blind since 1993, losing most of her sight from retinal degeneration. She holds a Master’s degree in Family Therapy and works as a readjustment therapist for the Veteran’s administration.

Ann is a featured writer and regular contributor to the Matilda Ziegler’s Weekly E Zine, and Dialogue. Her poetry has appeared in small press publications including Lucidity and Midwest Poetry Review.   

Ann lives in  New York State’s   lower Hudson valley  region with her husband, two teenagers and an assortment  of furred and feathery critters, including her  black Labrador guide dog, Verona and bitzer doggie named Neeka.
Visit Ann’s blog: www.brainnatter.blogspot.com

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Dorothy Baker grew up in N.C. and lives in Western MA. She started wri progressed to writing soaps for the other neighborhood kids to perform a f work has appeared in Breath & Shadow. She has also helped write in for effects of chemicals and how to create healthy home environments.


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