Kevin Blanks is a PhD student in the English Department at The George Washington University. As a Black, queer and disabled scholar, his research interests include exploring the intersections of crip/queer theory, disability studies, and African-American literature toward imagining futurities for black queer and crip lives. He holds a MA in English also from GW, and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. He has also worked professionally as a high school literature teacher, curriculum director, and Dept. chair in San Antonio, Texas as well as a 4th grade reading interventionist here in Washington, D.C. His work has recently been published in The Black Feminist Collective.