The Digital Hyperlexic

Poetry, neurodivergence, book reviews, activism.

Category: Announcements

Go Visit My New Blog!

by digitalhyperlexic

As of January 22, 2017, we’re discontinuing posts on The Digital Hyperlexic.

Why? Because we’ve launched a BRAND NEW BLOG!

Tes is proud to present a brand new blog, The Teselecta Multiverse, over on the new Neurodiversity Matters blog network being launched by Autonomous Press. You know, the independent press publishing radical, transformative work by neurodivergent and other marginalized folk. We invite you to read our debut post, written by Ian, which is all about pussy hats, intersectional feminism, transness, and the questions we need to be asking.

 

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AutPress! New Submission Guidelines! Book Bundles and Discount Deals!

by digitalhyperlexic

When I was first approached to become a partner of Autonomous Press earlier this year, my partner Solomon and I felt both happiness and amazement. Together, we’d been editing and publishing Barking Sycamores for almost two years, and when we discussed the offer, it made sense for us to join the AutPress family. That was about eight months ago. Now as a partner and the Coordinating Editor of NeuroQueer Books, I’m excited about the new direction AP is taking with its focus on transformative work by neurodivergent authors as well as featuring the voices of marginalized peoples. (By the way, we’ve recently retooled our submission guidelines.) Additionally, we strive to bring readers a collection of “books that wake people up”—and that includes some of our bundles and discount deals, all of which come in paperback and ebook formats.

Autistic Activist Bundle from AutPress

AutPress’ Autistic Activist Bundle contains three excellent introductory texts about the lived experiences of Autistic people. The ABCs of Autism Acceptance by Sparrow R. Jones is a book of essays first appearing on his popular blog Unstrange Mind, seeking to change the ways in which autism is perceived. Also in this gift bundle is Typed Words Loud Voices, featuring work by several writers who type to communicate. Finally, The Real Experts is one of the press’ top sellers, full of insider wisdom about autism written by Autistic adults.

Shaping Clay Trilogy

The second of AutPress’ bundles and discount deals is Shaping Clay: The Elementary Trilogy. This package bundles together the three books released to date in the Shaping Clay series: Nothing is Right, the Lambda Literary Finalist title Defiant, and the epic Imaginary Friends. If you haven’t read Clay Dillon’s saga, start with this gift bundle of books. And since Michael promises that “things are about to get weird” with her next release Gaslight Village, so you’ll want to buy the Shaping Clay trilogy now to catch up on the story. To support Gaslight Village and read it as a serial subscriber, visit Michael’s Patreon.

NeuroQueer Poetry Bundle

Poetry fans looking for bundles and discount deals are going to want Autonomous Press’ NeuroQueer Poetry Bundle, which has all three poetry releases from NeuroQueer Books at a substantial discount. This gift bundle includes Barking Sycamores: Year One was edited by me and Solomon, and is a collection of the poetry, short fic and artwork originally appearing online in our debut year of publication. Also included is The US Book by Michael Scott Monje, Jr., which provides the backstory for both Clay Dillon’s and Lynn Vargas’ universes. Finally, Adrift in a Sea of M&Ms, the Summer 2016 collection released by Michigan spoken-word artist and activist Fable the Poet.

NeuroQueer Horizons Bundle

And…as one of our bundles and discount deals, we’ve added the NeuroQueer Horizons bundle. This is a collection intending to center neuroqueer voices, and it’s a great place to start with our NQ material prior to the launch of the NeuroQueer Horizons chapbook series. This roundup of neuroqueer-written fiction, memoir, and poetry contains the first Spoon Knife anthology, the science fiction thriller Mirror Project, and Monje’s Imaginary Friends, a surreal exploration of Clay Dillon’s childhood from the Shaping Clay series.

I’m really excited about these gift bundles, and I think they’re perfect for gift-giving as well as snagging for your own reading. These are all generously discounted, so if you’re budget-conscious you can easily pick up the ebook versions for yourself. Or if you want to beef up a friend’s personal or academic library, these collections are ideal. We’re gearing up for a series of new releases in 2017 (probably including my own poetry book Time Travel in a Closet—stay tuned for that!), so grab our bundles now and start your collection!

Coming November 24 from Autonomous Press — The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children

by ravenswingpoetry

Mark your calendars for November 24, y’all. The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children from Autonomous Press is coming! As author and Neurotribes blogger Steve Silberman put it, this upcoming book is:

“Full of practical advice and transcendent ‘Aha!’ moments, The Real Experts offers young autistic people and their families the kind of wise mentorship from tribal elders that was unavailable in previous generations. It’s a landmark book.”

The book features essays by autistic authors and bloggers such as:

More info on The Real Experts is available on the Autonomous Press website.

 

My Essay “Speaking for Myself” in NeuroQueer Online

by ravenswingpoetry

“It is way too easy for marginalized people to internalize the dominant cultural prejudices against them. Neurodivergent folk are subjected to both overt and unspoken prejudice against them in many forms, including ableism. And with that ableism comes a pressure to be “normal”: fake it until you make it, if you can. Why use a scooter sometimes, when you can walk? Why use a device to help yourself communicate when you need it, when you can speak “perfectly fine”? Heaven forbid you appear disabled!”

My essay, “Speaking for Myself: My Cognitive Style, Ableism, and Communication” was published today (February 24, 2015) in NeuroQueer online. Go read it. 🙂

-N.I.

Missed My Poem, “Dorothy, Under the Bodhi Tree”? Read It Here…

by ravenswingpoetry

Howdy folks!

If you missed the opportunity to read my poem “Dorothy, Under the Bodhi Tree” the first time around when it was published in December 2014, you can read it again! NonBinary Review through their Alphanumberic project has archived all of the previous poems on their site, including mine.

Go read “Dorothy, Under the Bodhi Tree” here: http://nonbinaryreview.com/dorothy-bodhi-tree/

To read the current poem on Alphanumeric, plus archived previous poems: http://nonbinaryreview.com/alphanumeric/

– N.I.

Neli Latson Receives Conditional Pardon by VA Governor

by ravenswingpoetry

Neli Latson, as a child

[Image: a pair of tan-colored hands holds a photo of a young black teenager with closely cropped hair wearing a plaid blue and orange button-down shirt. The photo is inside an ornate red and gold picture frame.]

Qapla’!

Neli Latson has been granted a conditional pardon by the governor of Virginia.

This is due to Kerima Cervik’s petition to pardon Neli Latson receiving over 2,000 signature and the diligence of many disability rights, autistic, and other activists.

As Kerima says, ” Please don’t lose track of Neli, and do not forget the injustice done to him. We need to make certain the ADA is protected and that what happened to Neli never happens again.”

Related links:

– N.I.

Three Poems in GTK Issue #2

by ravenswingpoetry

Howdy folks! I am fortunate to have three poems published in the GTK (Guide to Kulchure) Journal Issue #2: “Repudiation”, “Roof on Fire”, and “Leviticus Letters”.

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[Image: front the cover of a literary journal: on the cover is a painting of a red-haired, pale-skinned woman wearing a white dress against a dark, multicolored background. She faces left, with her right arm raised up and her hand on top of her head.]

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[Image: the back cover of a literary journal: against a reddish-brown background is a large number “2” in thin black print; in front of the number is a list of the authors appearing in GTK #2 in white letters.]

To order the issue, or for more informaiton about the journal and book store, please visit http://guidetokulchurcleveland.com/.

-N.I. Nicholson

Petition to Pardon Reginald “Neli” Latson

by ravenswingpoetry

Reginald “Neli” Latson (Courtesy of Breaking Brown)

[Image of a young black man sitting on a sofa, holding a small curly-haired white dog in his lap]

A Petition to Free Neli Latson: https://www.change.org/p/pardons-department-grant-a-pardon-to-reginald-cornelius-neli-latson

This is Reginald “Neli” Latson. And he is a young black autistic man suffering in solitary confinement.

Some of you may remember my first post about Neli. His hell began on the morning of May 24, 2010. He was waiting for the public library to open in Stafford County, Virginia. Latson evidently was wearing a hoodie, which was enough for someone to call the local police and report him as a “suspicious character”. Since then he has been in the criminal justice system after being racially profiled.

Kerima Cervik of the Intersected Blog started a petition on Change.org to free him. She says:

“Over the past four years Neli Latson has been restrained, pepper sprayed, shot with a Taser, bound in a restraint chair for hours, placed in solitary confinement, and criminalized all for having a mental health crisis during a catastrophic encounter with a police officer. He has suffered four years of hell for the crime of being a disabled young man. He never belonged in prison. I am the mother of a nonverbal autistic 12 year old son. If we don’t change the way our children are treated today, this could happen to any of them tomorrow. Our sons are NOT criminals! Please join the Virginia Chaper of the ACLU, The Arc of Virginia, The Arc of the US, ASAN, The Bazelon Center For Mental Health Law, and countless others in calling for a pardon for Neli Latson.”

ASAN released their own call for Neli’s pardon here: http://autisticadvocacy.org/2014/11/asan-calls-for-neli-latsons-release/

Please sign! And share this, spread the word, etc. We need to help get Neli free.

#blackautisticlivesmatter

-N.I. Nicholson

(Text for this post is from my original post on Tumblr: http://theravengallifreyan.tumblr.com/post/107832599370/free-neli)

“Dorothy, Under the Bodhi Tree” Featured in Alphanumeric (NonBinary Review)

by ravenswingpoetry

Howdy folks!

My poem, “Dorothy, Under the Bodhi Tree”, is published in Alphanumeric, an online feature from NonBinary Review. This was one of the poems I wrote after my MFA studies at Ashland University began, and was shape through a little blood, sweat, and tears along the way.

It will be featured on the website for a limited amount of time. So go read it already! 🙂

-N.I.

A New Beginning.

by ravenswingpoetry

Welcome to The Digital Hyperlexic.

Change is inevitable. It results either from the actions of others, or our own. After several years of blogging over at Raven’s Wing Poetry, I realised it was time for me to do something different.

RWP was my first foray into blogging, and it has grown and changed quite a bit over the years. I am still proud of that messy purple blog crowded with words, birds, video and sound.

I began my MFA studies at Ashland University in Summer of 2014. This also began a period of transition not only in my creative work but my personal life. I thought that my blog should reflect my new outlook. You’ll see poetry here, as well as book reviews and posts about things which matter to me most: autism, neurodiversity, social justice, equality, popular culture, and literature.

Thank you for joining me here. Keep reading. I’ll keep writing.