Conyer Clayton is a queer and disabled writer, editor, musician, and arts educator from Kentucky who now calls Ottawa home. They are the author of But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves. (A Feed Dog Book by Anvil Press, 2022, Winner of The Archibald Lampman Award and Finalist for the Pat Lowther, Raymond Souster, and ReLit Awards) and We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Guernica Editions, 2020, Winner of the Ottawa Book Award). They've also released the album Further Behind You and many other solo and collaborative chapbooks, musical releases, and sound-based works.
They are the winner of The Capilano Review's 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize and Arc Poetry Magazine's 2017 Diana Brebner Prize, and their collaborative chapbook with Manahil Bandukwala, Sprawl | the time it took us to forget (Collusion Books, 2020) was shortlisted for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in Room Magazine, THIS Magazine, filling station, Best Canadian Poetry 2023, Canthius, Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, The Capilano Review and others. They are a member of the creative collection VII.
In addition to their freelance editorial work, they are the Nonfiction Editor for untethered magazine, a Poetry Editor for Augur, and have guest edited special issues for CV2 and Room Magazine.
Disability poetics workshops: together we will read the work of disabled writers to discuss what it means to live and write in the world as a disabled person, from a multitude of perspectives. We will write together from generative prompts around these poems and from our discussions together, and more.
Workshops can focus in around a specific theme, such as "disabled joy" or "monsters" (for example), based on the organizations needs and the age/level/comfort of participants.
Details and personalization of the workshop to be discussed upon hiring.