Gary Presley – Author Interviewby Cathy Stucker
What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
My memoir, Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio, was recently published by The University of Iowa Press. I had had experience writing and publishing creative nonfiction essays, and I attempted a memoir only because fellow writers who had read my pieces about living with a disability in American society gave them insight into a different world. I have used a wheelchair since people with disabilities were considered “invalids” and “shut-ins” and denied access to education and employment through the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the most significant civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.