Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community artist, and a Professor of English, Women's Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Art and Design.
Petra uses somatic speculative writing and performance practice to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures, and she grounds herself and her work in site-specific performance and disability culture methods. She has written academic books on disability arts, somatic poetics, and medicine and performance. Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011) explores arts-based research methods, and her Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014) is full of practical exercises for classrooms and studios.
Her creative books include the poetry collection PearlStitch (2016) and the queer/crip speculative short story collection Ice Bar (2018).
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