If you've been keeping up with Kelly Davio, founding editor of the Tahoma Review and one-time Seattleite, you've seen her sharp, funny, honest essays in places like Roxane Gay's pop-up magazine, Unruly Bodies. We haven't lured this exceptionally talented writer back to town yet, but she's here this week in spirit to sponsor the site and share an excerpt from It's Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability.
Davio is a poet, an essayist, and an editor. She also has myasthenia gravis, a disease she examines in It's Just Nerves without self-pity and with zero patience for society's failure to meet her disability halfway. The range of this collection — from personal reflections on the vulnerability of illness to sharp critiques of everything from Britian's NHS to the 2015 AWP meeting in Seattle — is simply stunning. Read "Strong is the new sexy" for a taste, then pick up the book and keep going.
Sponsors like Kelly Davio make the Seattle Review of Books possible. Did you know you could sponsor us, as well? If you have a book, event, or opportunity you’d like to get in front of our readers, send us a note. We’d be delighted to reserve a spot for you.