Nothing Without Us

Edited by Cait Gordon and Talia Johnson (Renaissance, September 2019)

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Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction and stars protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” All of the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, Spoonie, neurodiverse, and/or they manage mental illness.

From the halls of hospitals to deep into the jungle, from within the fantastical plane to far into outer space, these protagonists take us on a journey, make us think, and also prompt us to cheer them on. These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

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With stories by Myriad Augustine, Carolyn Charron, Joanna Marsh, Elliott Dunstan, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Raymond Luczak, Nicole Zelnicker, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Jamieson Wolf, J. Ivanel Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tonya Liburd, Shannon Barnsley, Madonna Skaff, Maverick Smith, George Zancola, Diane Koerner, Laurie Stewart, Tasha Fierce, Nathan Caro Frechette, Emily Gillespie, Derek Newman-Stille