This is a list of authors, historical and contemporary, with many varied and distinct disabilities and illnesses. The list includes people with many different narratives surrounding disability and illness, and we hope that it is a broad and inclusive list representing many different voices. We maintain to keep expanding the list and to showcase past and present writers.

The authors are listed alphabetically.


Tinu Abayomi-Paul.
Shahd Alshammari.

Andrea Avery.

W.N.P. Barbellion.
Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Amy Berkowitz.
Thomas Bernhard.
Sheila Black.
Cristy Brown.
Keah Brown.

Anatole Broyard.

John Callahan.
Albert Camus.

Aisha Chaudhary.
Eli Clare.

Emily Dickinson.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Mary Felsteiner.

Carly Findlay.
Anne Finger.

Arthur W. Frank.

Terry Galloway.

Haben Girma.
Sinéad Gleeson.

Lucy Grealy.

Susan Griffin.

Jessica Handler.

Stephen Hawking.
John Hockenberry.
Sheila Hocken.

Sonya Huber.

Harriet McBryde Johnson.

Franz Kafka.

Paul Kalanithi.
John Keats.
Helen Keller.
Porochista Khakpour.

Stephen Kuusisto.

Thomas Larson.

Jane Lazzare.

Joselin Linder.

Ulla-Carin Lindquist.

Audre Lorde.
Raymond Luczak.

Nancy Mairs.

Sarah Manguso.
Katherine Mansfield.
Ben Mattlin.

Friedrich Nietzsche.
Christopher Nolan.

Abby Norman.

Mary Flannery O'Connor.

Kaite O'Reilly.

George Orwell.

Lucia Perillo.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

Patricia Polacco.

Emily Rapp.

Lisa Roney.

Bonnie J. Rough.

Elizabeth Scarboro.

Amy Sequenzia.
Tom Shakespeare.

Peggy Shumaker.

Floyd Skloot.
Manès Sperber.

Robert Louis Stevenson.

Jeneva Burroughs Stone.
Rosemary Sutcliff.

Esmé Weijun Wang.

Simone Weil.

Virginia Woolf.


Crip Lit:

Tom Shakespeare:

Q&A from 'The Handy, Uncapped Pen' with Barbellion Prize founder Jake Goldsmith:

The Complete Works of W.N.P. Barbellion:



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With support from The Multiple Sclerosis Trust

Credit for The Barbellion Prize logo goes to Norah Al Shammari

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