Breath & Shadow
A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, where they will be screened by her security Jack Russell. Spelling counts!
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
Linda A. Cronin
Linda’s first book of poems, Dream Bones, published by WordTech Editions is now available (www.wordtechweb.com/cronin.html). She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. Her articles on disability and health and wellness have appeared in such magazines as Action and NJ Able as well as a number of newsletters. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines including The Paterson Literary Review, The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Kaleidoscope, Rattle, The Healing Muse, Lips, and Kennesaw Review. For more information on Linda and Dream Bones, including sample poems, visit www.lindacronin.net
Arden Eli Hill
Arden Eli Hill holds an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. In 2008 he was a poetry fellow at the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging Writers. Arden's essays have appeared in Transgender Tapestry, The 2008 Inglis House Poetry Chapbook, The Lambda Literary award winning anthology First Person Queer and its sequel, Second Person Queer. He publishes poetry and has a short story in the anthology Women’s Work from Girlchild press. Arden also writes erotica under the name "Arden Hill" and can be found in print anthologies and online at http://www.loveyoudivine.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=49&page=1&sort=2d
Tricia Owsley is a person who is licensed as a Registered Nurse, a person working in healthcare management, a person raised in and currently living in Illinois, a person with creative tendencies, a person with physical limitations, a person who chronically enrolls in school, a person who loves to see flowers she planted bloom, a person who dislikes writing biographies, a person who likes to help Breath and Shadow, a person who can't help but focus on spelling and grammatical errors in publications, and a person who loves to be outside.