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Breath & Shadow

Summer 2018 - Vol. 15, Issue 3

New On The Bookshelf!

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"(Dis)Ability: A Short Story Anthology", edited by Emily Dorffer

Emily Dorffer is a firm believer in the transformational power of fiction. During a class at
Johns Hopkins she took in 2016 called Philosophy and Disability, she witnessed her
nondisabled classmates' well-meaning attempts to discuss disabilities. Dorffer, a recent graduate, decided to do something to help them better understand the challenges of being disabled.

The result is a collection of stories, compiled and edited by Dorffer, by and about people with disabilities. Published in March, (Dis)Ability: A Short Story Anthology is available for free download.

Dorffer's goal for the collection was twofold: to foster a sense of understanding of the
disabled among nondisabled people and to urge disabled people to recognize, use, and embrace their distinct voices. She also hopes the stories will encourage better and more accurate portrayals of disabled people in literature.


"Metastable Systems", by David Kopaska-Merkel

Metastable Systems is the latest full-length collection from long-time poet of the weird, fantastic and futuristic, David C. Kopaska-Merkel. The prolific editor of the small-press poetry magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, has collected the best of his own recent work in Metastable Systems. The book’s title refers to the changeable condition of life, and really of the whole universe. This book covers nearly all of the speculative poetry genre. Here you’ll find science fiction, fantasy, and horror. You will even find some poems about science. That includes a poem about Anomalocaris, probably Earth’s deadliest killer (before half a billion years ago).

Various digital versions are available on Smashwords for $2.99.

Print copies are available for $13 from the author via pay-by-mail at or:

David C. Kopaska-Merkel
1300 Kicker Rd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Part of our mission at Breath and Shadow is to promote the work of writers with disabilities. In this section, we highlight a few titles written by people who have contributed work to our journal.

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