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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 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...

March 22, 2019

In late February, the Disability Community lost a pioneering advocate, outspoken activist, and beloved leader when Carrie Lucas passed away at the age of 47. Lucas, who had a neuromuscular disease that robbed her of most of her movement, was an unstoppable pioneer for...

January 15, 2019

Issue 1 of Volume 16 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Some Thoughts on Trigger Warnings" by Chris Kuell
-"In Sorrow Brought Forth" and "A Childhood" by Rebecca Cross

-"Living, As They Do, At the Bottom of The Sea" by Adam Fout
-"Ride with Th...

January 13, 2019

Content Warnings: Ableism in Politics, Mention of Sexual Assault

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retired earlier this year many people feared that the Court, upon the appointment of a judge by President Trump, would be positioned to be more conservative than...

December 27, 2018

Based on what happened after Oregon legalized the practice, it's incompatible with values held by Mainers.

Maine residents are being asked to sign a petition calling for a referendum on legalizing assisted suicide to be placed on the 2019 ballot. The practice was lega...

November 14, 2018

Issue 4 of Volume 15 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Understanding Passion and Passionate Understanding: A Book Review" by Denise Noe

-"Priorities" by Edward Turner

-"The Artist’s Domain" by John Kaniecki

-"Bartering for Health" by Wendy Kennar


September 21, 2018

For several decades, The Common Ground Fair has been a quirky part of the autumn fair season in Maine. Billed as the largest organic fair in North America, the Common Ground Fair is a top-tier event that has a literal plethora of events, keynotes,  political and histor...

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