Petra Kuppers uses somatic and speculative writing as well as performance practice to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. Jill Darling, also from Michigan, creates a community oriented vocabulary from which to perform an activist poetics. Petra Kuppers is well known for movement therapy initiatives and has written academic books on disability arts and culture, medicine and performance, and community performance. Her poetry collections include PearlStitch (2016) and Cripple Poetics(2007). She lives with her partner, poet and dancer Stephanie Heit, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where they co-create Turtle Disco, a community arts space.
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