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Breath & Shadow is our quarterly literary journal, one of just a few in the world exclusively written and edited by people living with disabilities!

January 15, 2020

Issue 1 of Volume 17 is now available to read here!

This issue features:
-"Autism on the Rise" by David Rubin
-"Broken Symphony" by Elizabeth Devin
-"Echolalia" and "Two Years" by Olivia Swasey
-"Flawless" by Ken Allan Dronsfield
-"Four Grocery Lists" by Zach Semel

-"Gre...

December 1, 2019

A culture is defined by the literature it produces. As a minority group, people with disabilities have, historically, been defined by what non-disabled people have written or spoken about them.  Recently, the literature of people with disabilities has been in the spotl...

December 1, 2019

The implementation of Recreational Marijuana Sales set to begin in Maine

sometime within the next year. While the 2016 vote for legalization was one of the closest elections in Maine’s history, the majority of the organized opposition was from the medical marijuana comm...

December 1, 2019

On the morning of Monday, September 16th, the western Maine town of

Farmington was rocked by a propane gas explosion that would level the new offices of

Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP Inc), a local non-profit that provided

services to severely disabled adults. One...

December 1, 2019

On October 21, Kenny Fries, an award winning writer of numerous books, essays, and

poetry, spoke as part of Bowdoin College’s “Disability and Accessibility” series. Fries was born with a congenital physical disability that impacts his legs and ability to

walk. Fries is o...

October 15, 2019

Issue 4 of Volume 16 is now available to read here!

This issue features:
-"Broom and Dustpan" by Fay Loomis
-"The Space Between Us" by Ariana Hoelscher

-"Masquerading Stranger" by Karen Craig

-"Drown" and "Create" by Elizabeth Devine

-"The Endless Drudgery of Bei...

July 15, 2019

Issue 3 of Volume 16 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Bullet-Holes" by Geraldine Fernandez
-"Twenty-Six Is Just Around the Corner" by SJ Bernstein

-"Worldly Possessions" by Alison Gerhard
-"Paging Dr. Crusher" by Meriah Crawford

-"Cityscape D...

May 19, 2019

Recently, society was shocked by a scandal involving its richest and most elite. It was exposed that the tools meant to aid victims of systemic oppression were being abused to benefit children of affluent families in their admittance to prestigious colleges. People wen...

April 14, 2019

Issue 2 of Volume 16 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Snowing in Spring" by Changming Yuan
-"Through A Glass Darkly" by Glynis Scrivens

-"Dear God" by Shawna Borman
-"The Hidden Circus" by A.K.F.N. Myers

-"Chronicle" by Judith Skillman

-"In th...

April 5, 2019

In late November, I penned an op-ed calling for the rejection of an assisted suicide ballot measure that would have created a referendum similar to the law in Oregon. My piece ran in several papers throughout Maine on November 29th and 30th.

On December 3, The Seacoast...

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