We are excited to let you know about a few exciting developments for the disabled and D/deaf poetry anthology forthcoming from Nine Arches Press. First of all, we have been successful in attaining some funding for the project from Arts Council England, and we can now guarantee that all poets who are accepted into the anthology or website will receive an honorarium. The book will launch in Spring 2017, and will include an ebook option and some online poetry films in BSL and/or with captions.

We are also welcoming a new co-editor to the project, Khairani Barokka.

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet, artist, and disability and arts (self-)advocate in London. Among her honors, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow for her Masters, Emerging Writers Festival’s (AUS) Inaugural International Writer-In-Residence, Indonesia’s first Writer-In-Residence at Vermont Studio Center, and one of UNFPA’s Indonesian “Inspirational Young Leaders Driving Social Change” for prolific transnational work in inclusive, accessible arts. She’s been awarded six residencies, with a seventh upcoming. Published internationally in anthologies, journals, and forthcoming projects, Okka has presented work extensively, in nine countries, and is a PhD-by-practice candidate at Goldsmiths, as an LPDP Scholar. Her accessible poetry-art book Indigenous Species is forthcoming from Tilted Axis Press in 2016, and she is the co-editor with Ng Yi-Sheng of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Buku Fixi Publishing, 2016.)

Lastly, many of you would have come to this project through knowing Marcie Burnhope. Sadly, due to recurring mental and physical health problems, Marcie has stood down as co-editor. We’d like to take the opportunity of thanking her for all her work and continued support of the project. It wouldn’t be happening without her.

We’re very excited about the launch of the book in Spring 2017, and thank you again for your patience and support of the project.