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Petra Kuppers


Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a wheelchair user and a community performance artist. Petra grew up in Germany and grounds herself in disability culture methods. Her third performance poetry collection, Gut Botany, was named one of the top ten US poetry books of 2020 by the New York Public Library. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and co-creates Turtle Disco, a somatic writing studio on Three Fires Confederacy land in Michigan. Her next academic book is Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters, University of Minnesota Press, January 2022.

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Gut Botany


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