On Owning Shame

While I am grateful that Arc Poetry Magazine publishes chapbook reviews, Jan Conn's review of Christine Sloan Stoddard’s The Tale of the Clam Ear (AngelHousePress, 2018) demonstrated ableism and a lack of sensitivity. Chris Johnson was good enough to share the review with me before it went to print. I e-mailed my disappointment to both the author of the review and to Chris. Chris and the Prose Editor, Kevin Shaw apologized and assured me that they would be more careful in future. I invited Christine to respond. Here is her call for sensitivity and compassion.  I am proud of Christine, and will always fight against ableism and other forms of prejudice and bigoty in the publishing world and in the world in general. -- Amanda Earl, publisher of AngelHousePress

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