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Disability (in) NC Literature

Guest Editor Casey Kayser

Many North Carolina writers have written about their own experiences with chronic illness or disability, from Reynolds Price’s meditations on the spinal cancer that rendered him paraplegic in A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing (1994) to James Tate Hill’s recent memoir Blind Man’s Bluff (2021) about his experiences with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. Other writers have depicted disability experiences through their characters, such as the disabled, institutionalized Silvaney in Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies (1988). Email queries and proposals to the guest editor. Submit online via Submittable.

And if you know of recent disability literature by NC writers that should be reviewed in the feature section of the 2024 online issues, please email us at