Widely published, the award-winning author is the Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair of Disability Studies and director of the Disability Studies Program at The University of Toledo.
Ferris’ “Poet of Cripples” was lauded as an anthem for those in the disability poetry movement, which seeks to express the experience of people with disabilities.
“The changes the disability rights and disability culture movements have wrought are enormous and profound, for the nondisabled as well as for people with disabilities,” the UT professor of communication said. “My work seeks to participate in and extend disability culture, which means not only greater awareness of all the many ways we can be human in this difficult and beautiful world, but also greater opportunity for all of us who have bodies.”
He is the author of The Hospital Poems, The Facts of Life and Slouching Toward Guantanamo.
In 2011, Ferris was named the Central States Outstanding Scholar in Performance Studies and Theater for his solo show, “Scars: A Love Story” and other works.
For more information on the free, public event, call Ferris at 419.530.7245.