Beauty is a verb: The New Poetry of Disability with Jennifer Bartlett, Ellen McGrath Smith, & Norma Cole

Jennifer Bartlett is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image and (a) lullaby without any music. She is co-editor with Michael Northen and Sheila Black of Beauty is a Verb: The New Disability Poets. She is currently researching a biography on Larry Eigner, a memoir titled My Body is the Marginalia, and recently compiled an Electronic Poetry Center page for the late Mary Rising Higgins. 

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Her poetry has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and, more recently, a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Norma Cole’s new book of poetry, WIN THESE POSTERS AND OTHER UNRELATED PRIZES INSIDE, has just appeared from Omnidawn Press. Other books of poetry include Natural Light, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008 and Spinoza in Her Youth. A book of essays and talks, TO BE AT MUSIC appeared, also from Omnidawn. Her translations include Jean Daive’s A Woman With Several Lives, Fouad Gabriel Naffah’s The Spirit God and The Properties of Nitrogen and Crosscut Universe: Writers on Writing From France. Cole has been the recipient of awards from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Gertrude Stein Awards, the Fund for Poetry, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2008 Cole was a Regents’ Lecturer at UC Berkeley and in 2011 was a columnist at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Open Space” She teaches at the University of San Francisco.