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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!

July 16, 2020

A Review of Breathing Lessons, an early film about The Sessions' Mark O'Brien
by Mike Reynolds

The first time I heard of Mark O’Brien was in February 1997, when I was in college. I was writing for my campus newspaper and trying to organize a disability-awareness week...

July 15, 2020

Issue 3 of Volume 17 is now available to read here!

This issue features:
-"Working At Life" by Joanne Alfano
-"I Believe" by Dawn Vogel
-"A Guiding Light" by T. Jeremy Smith
-"It’s Raining, It’s Pouring" by Lynn Guttmann
-"Beneath the Green Sun" by Elyssa D. Perkins

-"Ho...

May 5, 2020

Mike Reynolds will be live streaming a story hour at 4:20pm each day from May 5th through 7th. Tune in to our Facebook page to catch him sharing an interview as well as some of his writing!

Hope everyone is staying safe out there!

April 17, 2020

Issue 2 of Volume 17 is now available to read here!

This issue features:
-"Ode to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" by Elizabeth Blackwell
-"How to Eulogize Everyone You’ve Ever Loved" by Olivia Bradley
-"Free The Sky" by Wendy S. Delmater
-"Pink Bleeds Red" by Kate Gough
-...

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...

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