Desert Wanderings Literary Magazine
Compositions from workshops, from the Writers' Edge Writing Group and from a public call for entries, are juried into a literary magazine titled Desert Wanderings, giving participating writers an opportunity to have their literary voices heard by the broader community.
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230 S 500 W, #125
SLC, UT 84101
Because of our diverse readership, we ask that the content be publicly responsible. Writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit.
Writing Residencies for Adults and Teens with Disabilities
Program Founded in 1996 by Art Access/VSA Utah
Through a series of writing residencies conducted by professional writers year-round, adults and teens with disabilities have an opportunity to develop and polish their writing skills and share their voices and perspectives. Residencies are held at partner venues where individuals with disabilities live or gather.
Writers' Edge Writing Group
Participants pursue their writing with an inclusive and supportive community of fellow writers and explore writing techniques and resources with local professional writer marc t. wise.
Writers' Edge meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Salt Lake City Main Library (210 E 400 S) in the Conference Room on Level 2.
Participants also have the opportunity to submit short work annually for possible publication in Art Access' Desert Wanderings literary magazine.
Questions? Interested in joining? Contact Amanda at 801-328-0703, option 5, or email amanda @accessart.org to sign-up.
Disability and Literature Book Group
The Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group began in spring 2012 with the goal of investigating how and why people with disabilities have been depicted in classic literary texts and considering the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions. Last year, we focused on disability memoir, and during fall 2013 we will feature local authors and disability issues. Discussions will be facilitated by Susan Anderson, literary consultant for Art Access.
In partnership with the Utah Humanities Council's Book Festival, we will be offering two separate sessions on The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne; and Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott.
The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Session 1: Wednesday, September 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, October 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott
Session 1, Wednesday, October 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 2, Wednesday, October 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Both of these local authors tackle disability issues. Hanagarne's memoir considers the effects of his Tourette's Syndrome on his body, family, profession, and faith; while Scott's novel examines the genetic and environmental heritability of mental illness and its impact on multiple generations. With engaging wit, powerful insight, and rollicking prose, Hanagarne and Scott – and their featured librarians! – are welcome new voices on the Salt Lake and national literary scene.
The UHC Book Festival also will be hosting additional readings by each author at the Salt Lake Main Public Libary at 210 East 400 South. Josh Hanagarne's reading will take place on Saturday, September 28th in Libary Square at 5:00 p.m.; Kirstin Scott's reading will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Room. Scott will be reading in conjuntion with poet Shanan Ballam, author of Pretty Marrow. Additional readings will take place throughout Utah. For additional information, consult the UHC WEBSITE.
The Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group sessions meet at Art Access (230 South 500 West, Suite 125). Sessions are FREE and open to the public, but are limited to 15 registered participants in each session.
TO REGISTER, please refer to the blue sidebar on the right hand side of this page, and click on the date you would like to attend. If your event is not listed, click on the yellow link to view the full calendar.
A few copies of each book are available from Art Access and may be borrowed for a limited time. Personal copies may also be purchased by participants or borrowed in print or electronic forms from various libraries.
This program has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council (UHC) enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life's most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience