Literary Arts

Literary Arts incorporates Writing Residencies for Adults and Teens with Disabilities, the Writers' Edge Writing Group, Desert Wanderings Literary Magazine, and Disability and Literature Book Group.

Please read more about each of these programs below.

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.

Desert Wanderings Literary Magazine Submissions: Submissions should be emailed by November 1 of each year to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "WRITING SUBMISSION" typed into the subject line. Submissions can also be made anonymously (please indicate in your email if this is your preference). Along with your emailed submission, please contact Amanda Finlayson to obtain a Submission Form by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (PLEASE NOTE: due to reported issues with downloading, the form has been removed from the website).

Amanda Finlayson
Art Access
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.

Questions? Contact Amanda Finlayson at 801-328-0703, opt. 5, or email Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Writing Residencies for Adults and Teens with DisabilitiesKC VSA C

Program Founded in 1996 by Art Access

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.

For more information, contact Amanda at 801-328-0703, option 5, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Writers' Edge Writing Group

Are you an aspiring writer?

Are you looking for a community of writers with whom you can share your work?

Are you eager for constructive feedback and support for your writing?

Join Writers' Edge and pursue your writing with an inclusive and supportive community of fellow writers. Explore writing techniques and resources with local writer Greg Near.

Greg Near received his degree in English Literature from the University of Arizona, and has had fiction and poetry published in a variety of small press publications. He has had a number of short plays produced locally. His award-winning play, "The Mysterious, Happy Life of Brown Bag", is staged regularly by partnering organizations PYGmalion Productions and Art Access through the Art Access Theatre Arts program. He previously facilitated a writers' group for Salt Lake Community Writing Center, and currently works as a PR/Marketing guy.

Writers' Edge meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Millcreek Library (2266 Evergreen Ave).

Participants will 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up as a participant.

Writers' Edge is provided in partnership with Salt Lake County Library Services.SLCoLSLogoHorizonta

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 memoirs and works by local authors. Discussions are facilitated by Susan Anderson, literary consultant for Art Access.

In partnership with the Utah Humanities Council's Book Festival, we will be offering the following book discussions in 2014:

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Wednesday, February 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m

Sonia Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is the court's first Hispanic and its third female justice. She also has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since age 9. Sotomayor's compelling memoir depicts the ways in which her complex family history, her struggles with diabetes, her commitment to her heritage, her belief in education and equality, and her drive and determination shaped her personal and professional life.


The Free: A Novel by Willy Vlautin
Wednesday, March 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Free, by alt-country musician and western realist Willy Vlautin, focuses on three interlocking characters: Leroy Kervin, a National Guardsman and Iraqi Veteran managing a brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression; Freddie McCall, the night shift staff member at Leroy's group home who also has a young daughter with a physical disability; and Pauline Hawkins, the nurse who cares for Leroy after he tries to commit suicide and who also spends her evenings tending to her father with mental illness. Each of these characters is touched and shaped by disability issues and responds to them with varying levels of anger, fatigue, grace, and hope.

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. Register at

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 local libraries. If you have questions, please contact Susan Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

*An added bonus: Art Access will be partnering with the King's English Book Shop for a reading/Q&A of The Free with Willy Vlautin on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Signed copies of The Free will be available for purchase. For more information, see

To register for the discussion of The Free, CLICK HERE.

In Fall 2014, Art Access will host two more book discussions on conjunction with our 30-year anniversary exhibitions.

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.

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