Laura Hershey, a great poet and disability rights and justice activist passed away this weekend.
I got to know Laura this summer at the Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat, where she and I were amongst thirty other awesome queer writers spending a week in community together.
I’m sad that Laura and I’s paths did not cross for longer–I wish I could have known her and her work better.
Laura was an accomplished poet, with an impressive list of credits and publications. She was a parent, a partner, an activist. Laura was the one who emailed me about this statement on reproductive rights and disability justice that I posted a few weeks ago. I believe she was also a co-author of the statement.
I’m posting a video below of Laura reading a short selection of her poetry at our retreat this summer. Apologies for the lack of transcript.
With love and respect Laura, you will be missed.