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Call for Papers
Amodern 11: New Disability Poetics

Edited by Orchid Tierney, Knar Gavin, and Davy Knittle
Proposals of 300 words due: 15 June 2019
Drafts of 4000-8000 words due: 1 September 2019

This issue draws together poets, critics, and hybrid practitioners in the fields of contemporary poetics and disability studies to posit new approaches to experimental aesthetic practices that interrogate and represent the social, political, and mediated realities of disability. The issue will bring together work on contemporary poets and artists with new takes on earlier experimental poetry, and will build on the work of Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northen, editors of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011) to include new work in disability poetics from a wide range of aesthetic practices, media, and orientations. We welcome papers that situates disability in dialogue with analyses of class, race, sexuality, immigration status, and other forms of social precarity, as well as work that situates disability poetics within local, national, transnational, and planetary scales of instability and shift. We encourage essays that will read disability across fields and situate the body as a site of lived experience within environmental and social systems that press upon it. This special issue is in dialogue with the New Disability Poetics Symposium, that was held at the University of Pennsylvania in October of 2018. As a continuation of that symposium, we encourage new points of collaboration between disability studies and poetics that provide new avenues of inquiry for work by poets and theorists with disabilities.

In our commitment to providing accessible modes of engagement with the themes of new disability poetics, this special issue will explore new possibilities for public scholarship when disability and bodily difference are foregrounded. To this end, essays that explore different critical modes of accessibility, such as audio essays, video essays, enlarged font, and articles that examine technology and disability together are strongly encouraged. All content in this issue will be presented in multiple formats (large print and audio, with some pieces containing video and other formats) to support an inclusive public conversation on poetry and disability.

Possible topics include and are not limited to:
Disability and technology
Performance and the body
Trans/feminist and queer theories of disability
Critical race studies and disability poetics
Space, site, and accessibility
Disability and the postcolonial
Connections between disability activism and creative practice
Care ethics and caring labor
Theories and representations of illness
Disaster and the body
Indigenous approaches to disability and poetics

Proposals for articles of 300 words are due June 15. Completed articles of 4,000-8,000 words are due to the special issue editors Orchid Tierney, Knar Gavin, and Davy Knittle on September 1, 2019. Please direct questions, abstracts, and full articles to


Ongoing Call for Papers


Peer-reviewed articles are the backbone of Amodern. Each issue will consist primarily of peer-reviewed articles on a specific topic or theme.


To propose an issue idea to the editors, please send an email to with the following information: Title; Significance / impact of topic; Description of the issue (number of articles, interviews, type and source of images); List of likely contributors; Relevant expertise of the editor(s); Work plan (including timelines).


Amodern publishes two kinds of interviews: article-length pieces, which may be submitted for an issue following the regular process, and feature-length interviews for our eponymous series, “The Amoderns.” Feature-length interviews are not normally accepted over the transom, but if you have something completed and unpublished that you think might be appropriate for an upcoming issue, you’re welcome to make an inquiry.


Each issue of Amodern showcases a small body of work by a particular artist or collective. To submit work for consideration, send us a URL to your portfolio and a short statement about the nature of your work.


We are interested in new forms for academic writing, such as the technical reports for communication in the Humanities that Nick Montfort describes in “Beyond the Journal and the Blog.” The “Reports” section of Amodern is primarily a venue for unvetted interdisciplinary discourse that prioritizes flexibility, urgency, and sharability.

Special Projects

We will be using Amodern to showcase other kinds of materials as well: audio, video, and documentary/archival materials. If you have a proposal for such a project that works well with an upcoming topic and it’s within your technical skills to produce and our technical means to support it, we’ll consider it. Please contact us for further details.

The editors may decide, with advance notice, to experiment with other formats for peer review in a digital networked milieu, including open peer review. Notices of any such changes in our peer review process will appear here.


Amodern uses Chicago Style with endnotes (bibliography incorporated into the notes). Please format all submitted papers accordingly.

Submitting to Amodern

Please send all submissions and queries to:

submissions [at] amodern [dot] net