Crip Lyrics: The Virtual Launch Event

From Crip Lyrics

CTD and Art Spark Texas are proud to host the launch of Crip Lyrics: The Unapologetic Poetry of Disability, a collection of poems framing the many facets of Disability Culture.

Written by disabled activist, speaker, organizer, and writer Val Vera, Crip Lyrics is an unfiltered and poetic narrative of Vera’s perspectives, lived experiences, and identity as a disabled person. Masterfully illustrated by disabled artist Melissa Marie Eckardt, Crip Lyrics boldly displays the art of Disability.At the launch, Val Vera and Melissa Marie Eckardt will present selections from the book and take your questions.

Plus, guest performances by Leroy Moore and Maria R. Palacios, with MC J Logan Smilges, Assistant Professor of Language, Gender, and Culture at Texas Woman’s University.

ASL interpreters and CARTS provided. Need additional accommodations? Emails us at

Zoom link to be posted closer to the event.

About Val

Val Vera is an Activist, Speaker, Journalist, and Author. Originally from Chicago, Val earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Purdue University. As a first generation High School and College graduate, and second generation Puerto Rican, Val utilizes his unapologetic persona and unique experiences to effectively develop messages and create change.

Val’s Disability Justice work spans years of direct service provision, community organizing, activism and coalition building. His knowledge of and experience with Disability Culture has garnered many speaking opportunities to notable entities including Texas Women’s University, University of North Texas, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Fordham University, Deep Vellum Publishing and the San Diego Padres Baseball Organization.

His intersectional experience as a Disabled Latino coupled with his Disability Justice work are evident by the imagery and passion in his writing. His work has been published by New Mobility Magazine, Latino Rebels, Rooted in Rights, POOR Magazine, and the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities.

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