My friends Ibby Grace And Amy Sequenzia are editing an anthology titled “Typed Words, Loud Voices”, a collection of works by people who type to talk always or sometimes. They’re looking for essays, poems, stories or whatever form of expression you’d like to share your message in.
The full details about the book, including submission guidelines are at Typed Words, Loud Voices.
Why Am I Sharing This?
The obvious reason is that I think this is a terrific and much needed project and want to support Ibby and Amy. The less obvious reason is that I’ve sent in a contribution.
When Amy initially contacted me about contributing, my instinctive response was that the guidelines of the book didn’t seem to apply to me. Intimidated and uncertain, I put off writing something for months.
I communicate by speaking on a daily basis. I don’t use AAC or another form of typing as my primary means of communication. If you met me, you would initially assume that I get along okay with speech.
What you would be missing is how much of my internal world I’ve managed to access and share over the past two years through writing. Typing unsticks the words in my brain in a way that speech doesn’t. It plays a very specific role for me–helping me access the words that describe my experience, where I’ve been, what I feel, what I want, who I am. It may not be my primary means of communication but I’ve come realize that it’s an essential element of communicating the totality of me-ness that I experience.
Typing Across a Spectrum
If, like I was, you’re doubting whether you might have something to say that would be appropriate, take a look at the submission guidelines and then go read this terrific blog post by Mike Monje about how text-based communication allows him to socialize more and with less stress, which has removed some limits he’s felt in the past around socializing. Like me, he uses typing to extend his capabilities in a specific way. Like me, he has contributed to the anthology as a way to stand in solidarity with people who communicate in a wide variety of ways.
If you type to communicate full time or for specific reasons or when speech isn’t happening or because you prefer text over speech, I hope you’ll consider submitting something. The editors are looking for a wide range of voices and experiences that challenge the notion that oral speech is the only way that we can fully participate in society.
P.S. If you just got all excited about submitting something and then got discouraged by the rapidly approaching Oct. 1st deadline, you can email the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know that you are working on a submission and need a little extra time.