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Book Review: Erin Kelly’s Powerful New Autobiography Raises Disability Awareness

The Resilient Writer Wheels: Can’t is a bad word, is a memoir that will help you see the world in an entirely new way.

Book Details:

Title: The Resilient WRiter Wheel: Can’t is a bad word

Author: Erin M. Kelly

Genre: Memoir/ Essays

Publisher: Lasting Impact Press

Publication Date:

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My Review

I had the opportunity to meet Erin Kelly in person when we were both doing a book signing at our local public library. At the time, she was promoting her poetry book How to Wait. I purchased a copy of her book and was deeply moved by her words. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since.

Erin is a professional writer whose work has appeared in The Altoona Mirror, The Huffington Post, and The Mighty., among other places. In her new autobiography, The Resilient Writer Wheels: Can’t is a bad word Erin writes passionately about her experiences living as a woman with cerebral palsy and Graves’ Disease.

This powerful book packs a huge punch, and it is clear from the first page that the author is a poet. Erin organizes the story of her life into bite-sized essays that encourage the reader to linger over every word. She uses the gift of her writing to encourage others to overcome the challenges in their own lives and to face their dreams.

Erin speaks candidly about her personal struggles. Her writing invites the reader to engage with the text and imagine the world from a new perspective. Erin’s column in the Altoona Mirror is entitled The View from Here, and her autobiography captures the essence of inviting the reader to take a seat and imagine the world from a different angle. In the end, her writing will help the reader to see that we all have a lot more in common than we realize.

Sadly, many of the struggles that Erin recounts in her autobiography will be familiar to readers with disabilities. Although my disability is different from Erin’s (I’m visually impaired) I felt my heart ache along with her as she described her struggle to receive an education and to attend college. The ableism she had to overcome will resonate with readers who have a disability (or who love someone who is disabled).

With each essay that Erin writes, she is helping to prove to the world that people with disabilities are capable of doing anything anyone else can do– we just do it a little differently. Erin’s skillful writing is a powerful tool in the fight against ableism. (Note: Ableism can be defined as being prejudiced against someone because of their disability).

Great writing changes you, and entering into Erin’s world will change your perspective on life, love, and perseverance. I highly recommend Erin’s work, especially to clergy, teachers, and parents of children with disabilities.


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CLICK HERE to read my complete review for Erin’s Poetry book, How To Wait, as well as an interview with her.

CLICK HERE to read about ways you can support people with disabilities during the current pandemic.

CLICK HERE for a list books that I recommend related to disability awareness.


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