The Dignity of our Breathing: A Poetry Reading


July 29, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY
Free with RSVP

The event is free with registration, and registrants can RSVP using this link:

This event will take place on Zoom, but will be accompanied by a cozy in-person viewing in the Hess Theater for folks who wish to convene in person. This event will have ASL interpretation, CART captioning, and a low-stimulus sensory environment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Assistant to Access, ofi davis, at or call (646) 666-5574 (relay calls welcome).

This Disability Pride month, join us for a poetry reading facilitated by Joselia Hughes. Featuring poets Kay Ulanday Barrett, Dan Schapiro, and Jackie Torres, and in proximity to the 33th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this poetry reading has been framed by this invitation from Joselia Hughes:

Let’s be potent and clear: it is summer 2023, the covid-19 pandemic rages, neglect from the status quo proliferates, many of our comrades have died, many more of our communities are dying and becoming increasingly debilitated. It is July which means it is Disability Pride Month. Pride, in the face of unwavering violence, is a complicating energy to hold. It is neither just the appreciation of progress nor an acknowledgement of one’s efforts. Pride is a collective rally into the necessity of and our presence to dignity—in living, in death, in sorrow, in celebration. The dignity of ourselves as individuals within a network of many. The dignity of our breathing. The dignity of our struggle. The dignity of our being here now, our being there then, our will to be again. In a small chorus, Dan Schapiro, Jackie Torres, and Kay Ulanday Barrett will offer up songs, chants, memories, directives, considerations, dreams, and much more on how we can continue our mission of dignified life for all of us.