Plenary Speakers

MK Czerwiec, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Anand Prahlad, University of Missouri

Anand Prahlad is the author of two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems, and As Good As Mango, and an award-winning memoir, The Secret Life of A Black Aspie.He has also published critical articles and books on black folklore and the proverb, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music and African American Proverbs in Context, and he edited the three-volume set The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore and the one-volume The Greenwood Student Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. His most recent works, which includes creative writing, songwriting, and scholarship, focus on disability, and especially the intersections between disability, race, and genderfluid identities. Prahlad is a professor in the English Department, at the University of Missouri, where he is the Director of the Creative Writing Program, and teaches courses in folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies.