An Interview with Author Ashok Rajamani

Today on Nearsighted we welcome author, artist, poet and essayist Ashok Rajamani, author of the memoir The Day My Brain Exploded: A True Story, which chronicles a near-fatal cerebral hemorrhagic stroke he suffered at the age of 25, leaving him with bisected blindness, epilepsy, distorted hearing, erratic transient amnesia, and more.  Read More

An Interview with Award-Winning Poet Meg Day

Today on Nearsighted, we welcome award-winning poet, activist, and arts educator Meg Day, who has a new collection of poetry that just hit the shelves called Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street Press, 2014)She is also the Poetry Editor for Quarterly West and is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah. Read More

Blake Harrison: Brain Injury Survivor to Hottest Trainer in SF

Nearsighted is stoked to chat with Blake Harrison, who was recently voted San Francisco’s hottest male trainer in a poll by Racked. But Blake isn’t just another striking face in the world of fitness, he is also a brain injury survivor. During his senior year in high school, he was kicked in the head by a drunk guy who crashed his homecoming party. Left blind and in a wheelchair, he used fitness as a way to build himself back up. Blake recovered his eyesight and slowly gained mobility and his fitness abilities back. He is now a highly sought out trainer in San Francisco. Read More

An Interview with The Blind Cook, Christine Ha

Today on Nearsighted we welcome chef and writer Christine Ha, who was the first blind contestant on Fox’s reality cooking show MasterChef, and the winner of its third season in 2012. She is also the author of the cookbook Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale Books, 2013). Read More

On Positive Gay Role Models: An Interview with David-Elijah Nahmod

Nearsighted is pleased to bring you an interview with film critic and writer, David-Elijah Nahmod.

Belo Cipriani: Who was the first gay person you looked up to and why?

David-Elijah Nahmod: Quentin Crisp. Born in England in 1908, Crisp coined the phrase “coming out of the closet” in 1931. His exact words were,”I wish to live in the world and not in a closet,” and he proceeded to be open about his identity as an effeminate gay man. Read More