Disabled Writers is a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and journalists connect with disabled sources. Our goal is specifically to promote paid opportunities for multiply marginalized members of the disability community, and to encourage editors and journalists to think of disabled people for stories that stretch beyond disability issues. 

 

Sonja Sharp

Image: Reporter wearing an NYPD press pass stands in front of a mirror holding two bags of expressed breast milk, with background of white bathroom tile and a paper towel dispenser.

Contact Sonja: sonjasharp at gmail.com 

I'm a crime reporter and an instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School by trade, though I also write fiction and personal essays. As a child, I survived a rare autoimmune disease that injured my spinal cord and left me paralyzed from the waist down; longterm sequelae include bone deformities, a grossly impacted gait and neurogenic changes to some internal organs that required surgical intervention and invasive daily procedures to manage. My abled identical twin is also an Ivy League professor who teaches disability literature and medical humanities — we are eager to collaborate on projects about twinship and ableism. I'm a proud #millennialmom. 

You can find Sonja at Vice, The Village Voice, and on Twitter @sic_sonja

Recent clips: 

The Village Voice, March 2016: Five Decades After Roe v. Wade, Doctors Train to Keep Abortion Out of the Shadows

Vice, September 2016: The Story Behind the Teen Mom Arrested with a Dead Baby in Her Bag

Vice, August 2016: How a Paternity Fight Led to a Mass Shooting in a Trailer Park

Sonja is available for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English, Spanish

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