Virtual Event: Alice Wong


Disability Intimacy:
Essays on Love, Care, and Desire 



June 3, 2024
6:00 PM ET




This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes ALICE WONG—bestselling author of Year of the Tiger and editor of Disability Visibility—for a discussion of her new book Disability Intimacy: Essays on Love, Care, and Desire. She will be joined in a panel discussion by LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA—author or co-editor of ten books, including The Future Is Disabled—NICOLE LEE SCHROEDER—historian, educator, and disability rights activist, and ELLEN SAMUELS—associate professor and a founding member of the UW Disability Studies Initiative. This event will feature an ASL interpreter and a live captioner.  


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About Disability Intimacy

What is intimacy? More than sex, more than romantic love, the pieces in this stunning and illuminating new anthology offer broader and more inclusive definitions of what it can mean to be intimate with another person. Explorations of caregiving, community, access, and friendship offer us alternative ways of thinking about the connections we form with others—a vital reimagining in an era when forced physical distance is at times a necessary norm.

But don't worry: there's still sex to consider—and the numerous ways sexual liberation intersects with disability justice. Plunge between these pages and you'll also find disabled sexual discovery, disabled love stories, and disabled joy. These twenty-five stunning original pieces—plus other modern classics on the subject, all carefully curated by acclaimed activist Alice Wong—include essays, photo essays, poetry, drama, and erotica: a full spectrum of the dreams, fantasies, and deeply personal realities of a wide range of beautiful bodies and minds. Disability Intimacy will free your thinking, invigorate your spirit, and delight your desires.

Praise for Alice Wong

“To Alice Wong, words like diversity and intersectionality aren’t just buzzwords. They are marching orders. Everyone should take in the wisdom woven throughout Disability Visibility.” —W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America

“A celebration and a source of deep education for many to bear witness (and feel seen by) the vastness of disabled stories, voices, and backgrounds.” —Jennifer Baker, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life

“As a Deaf Asian American, it wasn’t until recent years that I started considering myself disabled. Disability Visibility is a very informed starting point for anyone who, like myself, would like to get a better understanding of disability as a massive and beautifully nuanced spectrum.” —Christine Sun Kim, artist


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  • Yes. The event will be recorded and shared on our video archive about two weeks after the event. You can access our video archive here:

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  • There will not be an audience Q&A for this event. 

Is closed captioning available for this event?

  • This event will feature an ASL interpreter and a live captioner. 

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  • No. 
Alice Wong
Alice Wong

Alice Wong

Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant based in San Francisco, California. She is the author of a bestselling memoir, Year of the Tiger; the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project—an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture; and the editor of the anthology Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century and Disability Visibility: 17 First-Person Stories for Today (Adapted for Young Adults). Alice is also the host and coproducer of the Disability Visibility podcast and copartner in a number of collaborations such as #CripTheVote and Access Is Love. From 2013 to 2015, Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama.

Photo Credit: Eddie Hernandez
Ellen Samuels
Ellen Samuels

Ellen Samuels

Ellen Samuels is a queer white disabled person living with Classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and is Emerit Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Hypermobilities: Poems (Operating System, 2021) and her critical and creative writing on disability has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, South Atlantic Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, Brevity, and Massachusetts Review. She is currently writing a book called Sick Time: What Chronic Life Tells Us.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (they/she) is the author of The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning SongsCare Work: Dreaming Disability JusticeTonguebreaker, Dirty River and other books. They are a long time disability and transformative justice movement worker and a 2020 Disability Futures fellow.

Nicole Lee Schroeder
Nicole Lee Schroeder

Nicole Lee Schroeder

Nicole Lee Schroeder is a historian, educator, and disability rights activist in higher education. She writes about disabled ingenuity, resistance, and survival past and present. In her spare time, she enjoys video games, fiber arts of all kinds, and iced coffee.

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