Jessica Suzanne Stokes is a disabled poet/performer/educator/scholar currently pursuing her PhD in English at Michigan State University. She has an MFA in poetry from Boston University. She is refining the work of her Erasure Cycle; she crafts poems by cutting or covering up medical and literary texts, reshaping them and being reshaped by them. Beyond poetry, she creates performances and artwork designed to challenge everyday inaccessibility.
As an academic, Jessica draws on disability studies, feminist materialisms, and queer of color critique to rethink how we read and write. She reads contemporary poetry (particularly poetry deemed “experimental”) to analyze and develop crip methodological writing and reading practices. While reading, she considers how embodiment plays a role in the construction of contemporary poetic texts and why embodiment is necessary to readings of such texts. Her goal is to work towards reading methods that allow for coalitional access (ie forms of access that are attentive to disability, neurodiversity, class, gender, sexuality, and race).