On Friday, February 3 from 7-8 pm, join us for an evening of poetry and disability pride, featuring Ashwini Bhasi, Nazifa Islam, Stephanie Heit, and Petra Kuppers.

This is a FREE event, but your RSVP is very helpful to our planning. Learn more about health and safety at Booksweet.

Located at 1729 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, Booksweet is wheelchair accessible and located directly off the AATA Route 23.

About the authors

Ashwini Bhasi (she/her) is a bioinformatician from Kerala, India who is exploring the somatics of trauma, chronic pain and disability through poetry and visual art. Her work can be found in Michigan Quarterly Review, Frontier Poetry, The Offing, RHINO, Kweli and elsewhere. Musth, the winner of the 2020 CutBank chapbook contest, is her first poetry collection.

Stephanie Heit (she/her) is a queer disabled poet, dancer, teacher, and co-director of Turtle Disco, a somatic writing space on Anishinaabe land in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is a Zoeglossia Fellow, psych system/shock survivor, bipolar, and a member of the Olimpias, a disability performance collective. Her poetry collections are the hybrid memoir poem Psych Murders (Wayne State University Press, 2022) and The Color She Gave Gravity (Operating System, 2017).

Nazifa Islam (she/her) is the author of the poetry collections Searching for a Pulse (Whitepoint Press, 2013) and Forlorn Light: Virginia Woolf Found Poems (Shearsman Books, 2021). Her poems have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, The Believer, and Beloit Poetry Journal among other publications. She earned her MFA at Oregon State University. Nazifa is currently working on a collection of Sylvia Plath found poems.

Petra Kuppers (she/her) is a disability culture activist and a community performance artist. Her third performance poetry collection, Gut Botany (Wayne State University Press, 2020), won the 2022 Creative Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. She teaches at the University of Michigan, and co-directs the somatic writing studio Turtle Disco in Ypsilanti with Stephanie Heit.

Image Descriptions

Image 1 – A headshot of a female brown poet with a few strands of white in her long black hair which falls past her shoulders. It’s just possible to see that she is wearing a blue shirt. She stands in front of an off-white wall.

Image 2 – Photo credit: Tamara Wade. A headshot of Stephanie Heit, a white queer cis woman smiling, wearing a purple wrap, with brown wavy hair in a bob. She is on (perhaps in, feet dangling) the Huron River with background muted green of tree leaves, and dappled light before dusk.

Image 3 – Petra Kuppers, a white queer cis disabled woman of size, head tilted, smiles with twinkling eyes. She has yellow glasses, a shaved head, pink lipstick, purple scarf, polka-dot top, and one of her hands caresses the handlebars of Scootie, her mobility scooter, in front of an urban building with colored glass windows.

Image 4 – A photo of Ashwini Bhasi, an Indian female poet with long curly hair, wearing a brown jacket and a green shirt.

A headshot of a female brown poet with a few strands of white in her long black hair which falls past her shoulders. It’s just possible to see that she is wearing a blue shirt. She stands in front of an off-white wall. Photo credit: Tamara Wade. A headshot of Stephanie Heit, a white queer cis woman smiling, wearing a purple wrap, with brown wavy hair in a bob. She is on (perhaps in, feet dangling) the Huron River with background muted green of tree leaves, and dappled light before dusk. Petra Kuppers, a white queer cis disabled woman of size, head tilted, smiles with twinkling eyes. She has yellow glasses, a shaved head, pink lipstick, purple scarf, polka-dot top, and one of her hands caresses the handlebars of Scootie, her mobility scooter, in front of an urban building with colored glass windows. A photo of Ashwini Bhasi, an Indian female poet with long curly hair, wearing a brown jacket and a green shirt.