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

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

Writing Inspiration: Discovering the Muse in Your City

Most of my recent writing has happened in the city due to travel, teaching, and other time constraints. When I told my students, they struggled to believe that I got the ideas for my essays and fiction from a metropolitan area. They assumed that I — like many writers they had met or read about — spent months at a cabin or retreat typing away in isolation. Read More

Hiring Blind: Taking Adaptive Technology to Job Interviews

It was never tough for me to get a job when I was sighted. Even when I got laid-off from a start-up after the Dot Com bust, I was hired as a bartender, with no experience, at the first club I walked into with my pink slip. As a college student, I worked at a payroll advance company, customer service rep for equestrian products, and even at a pet shop — jobs I had never done before, but somehow managed to convince the decision makers to hire me during a recession. Read More

On Writing Lyrics and Poetry with Musician Trent Park

Nearsighted is excited to share a post from singer Trent Park. If you haven’t listened to this soulful artist, I highly encourage you to download his music today.

I am contributing this writing not in expertise, but in knowing that to become a writer you must write. There is a lot I don’t know, but the one thing I do know is how much I enjoy the craft of writing. Whether you write poetry, books or music, I think you’ll find a glimpse of understanding in these words. Read More

Lesbian Werewolves

As a fan of Octavia Butler, Mary Shelly, H. G. Wells, Bram Stoker and Ray Bradbury, I sought shelter in science-fiction and gothic novels that made it easier to fantasize outside the hetero world. These authors made it possible for me to write stories that challenged science and society with gay characters. Most of my writings as a teenager were a bit Frankenstein-ish – the story I remembered most is about a guy named R.I.P., made out of the DNA from the three hottest guys at my high school; each letter taken from their first name to make up the gay zombie’s name. Like most of the stories I wrote in adolescence, R.I.P. never made it outside my head. Read More