Breath & Shadow

Misson and activities:

Breath & Shadow is the only cross-disability literary journal written, edited, and produced entirely by people with disabilities.

The mission of Breath & Shadow is to

• promote disability writing and culture, thereby promoting cross-disability pride, community, and solidarity;

• empower and create opportunities for people with disabilities in the literary field; and

• convey to readers and the general public: (1) the richness and significance of disability literature, (2) a greater understanding of the disability experience, and (3) the importance of disability culture — for all people.

Breath & Shadow's goals are to

• present in each issue two or more diverse and high quality pieces of writing by people with disabilities;

• promote disability literature and culture;

• promote recognition that people with disabilities are making unique and valuable contributions to literature and the arts;

• reveal a disability angle in mainstream media or society (that might otherwise be ignored, buried, or denied);

• draw attention to and celebrate leaders in the disability community, in order to provide role models for artists and activists and recognize the larger disability rights movement within which we work;

• create publishing opportunities for writers who are typically denied access in the mainstream — especially writers who face barriers due to their disability, their topic, the way their disability affects their work, or factors such as lack of formal education or newness to the field.

Our non governmental, non-profit, organization works at the international level.

We consider ourselves as part of the international Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement.

Our organization is 100% run, controlled and represented by disabled people.

We have expertise, or are interested in cooperating with other organizations, in the areas of:

Receiving articles and/or writing about relevant disability rights or disability culture issues, events, leaders, etc. Getting the word out about Breath & Shadow to people who might want to subscribe (it's free), submit their writing, volunteer, or organize readings, events, etc.

We have traineeships or volunteer positions that people with disabilities are welcome to apply for.

Our traineeships or volunteer positions are open to applicants from abroad.

Contact us:

Contact person:Sharon Wachsler
Home page:
Address:Resources for Organizing & Social change, PO Box 776
United States

This entry added: Wednesday 4th May 2005. (record #721) Changed: Wednesday 26th May 2021. Link checked Thursday 29th February 2024.