You might know Caitlin Wood from Where's Lulu, her Bitch blog series Tales from the Crip, or her hilarious tongue-in-cheek disability PSA, "Your Daily Dose of Inspiration." Now, Wood is putting together Criptiques, a new anthology of disabled writers. You can pre-order the book on Kickstarter (they're already halfway to their goal!) and, in the meantime, I asked Wood a few questions about the project. Read on to see why this book is so necessary, and why you should get behind it.
When it came to submissions, what were you looking for?
Why should nondisabled people get behind Criptiques?
There's a million reasons. First off, the book is really interesting, regardless of your disability status—you don't have to be disabled to read this or support it. I really want nondisabled people to read it because they need to! There's so many misconceptions about disability—people who have never experienced it or don't have any disabled friends or family tend to find the reality/normalcy of our lives pretty shocking. And a lot of people have failed to connect the dots that disabled people are an oppressed, social group. They have no idea how deeply entrenched ableism is in our culture. And this extends to activist and feminist circles. So I think Criptiques goes a long way in helping to make that reality visible for people, because the writers are speaking from their own experiences. They can give you that perspective that is so often ignored. Just like how I expect allies to educate themselves on racism, sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, etc., I also expect nondisabled alliles to educate themselves on ableism and issues affecting people with disabilities and recognize how these oppressions are interconnected. And a fun method of doing that is by supporting this book.