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APPEARING: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023 (VIEW FULL SCHEDULE)
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Allison Boot, who lives with cerebral palsy, is a three-time self-published author with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication. As a “wheelin’ wordsmith,” she creates stories featuring disabled characters to spread messages of self-acceptance and equality to young people traveling paths similar to hers. While Allison enjoys writing and advocating very much, being a wife and dog mom is what she loves most. Her books can be found at www.allisonmbootauthor.com.
Katherine Gaffney completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her work has previously appeared in jubilat, Harpur Palate, Mississippi Review, Meridian, and elsewhere. She has attended the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop, the SAFTA Residency, and the Sewanee Writers Conference as a scholar. Her first chapbook, Once Read as Ruin, was published at Finishing Line Press. Her first full-length collection, Fool in a Blue House, won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming in 2023.