Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She also teaches on the Low-Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. She is the Artistic Director of an international disability performance collective, The Olimpias; and has led horror and dark fantasy writing circles in Wales and the US since the 1990s. Petra uses somatic and speculative writing as well as performance practice to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. She has written academic books on disability arts and culture, medicine and performance, and community performance. Her poetry collections include PearlStitch (2016) and Cripple Poetics (2007). She lives with her partner, poet and dancer Stephanie Heit, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where they co-create Turtle Disco, a community arts space.