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Miriam McEwen hails from Mountain Rest, a small town in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. A recent graduate of Clemson University, earning a Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Creative Writing. As well as former President of Delta Alpha Pi, the only academic and service-oriented honor society at Clemson exclusively for students with disabilities. Miriam is a Disability Rights’ advocate, having worked closely with such organizations as the Tiger2Tiger Student Panel. She is a former member of the Student Accessibility Services Advisory Board, which works to achieve Universal Design in the structural elements of the campus and in course curriculum. From 2014 to 2017, she worked as a Student Director for the Clemson Literary Festival. Miriam’s prose was featured at the charitable event, Writers’ Harvest, in 2016. In the spring of 2017, her work in fiction was recognized at the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards. Throughout her fiction and poetry, Miriam deals with questions of femininity, disability, and environmentalism. She plans to pursue her Masters of Fine Art in fiction.

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I am here to deride your ableist hobbies: your jogging, your yoga-ing, your slouchy posture when you lean against a wall or sit on the ground. the almost majestic way you “take the stairs.” Everyday, I hate these things you do so effortlessly. And every day I envy you them. My first thought is that you are a very selfish person. My second thought is that I am. Subsequent thoughts, if I shared them, would speak of some minor psychosis, so bizarre and twisted and fantastical are they.

You may now be experiencing pangs of shame or pity. Don’t. I mean you no harm. I love you, as a person. You are bright and curious, and your sense of humor keeps me rolling. You’re like my sister, my closest friend. My confidant. I’m relying on you to tough it out, laugh more than you think is appropriate for the subject matter (because I sure as hell am), and always be as real as best you can. That, folks, is what they call a codependent relationship.

WELCOME.

And know, in your heart, that I make this wheelchair look SEXY.

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A Collection of Personal Experiences

My love for writing and making sense of the odd and obscure inspired me to create this living database of personal experiences and insight presented through poetry, short stories, blog posts and creative fictional writing. As a young woman, my writings aim to address the underlying issues of feminism and portray them in a raw, unfiltered light.

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    I am here to deride your able-ist hobbies: your jogging, your yoga-ing, your slouchy posture when you lean against a wall or sit on the ground. the almost majestic way you “take the stairs.” Everyday, I hate these things you do so effortlessly. And every day I envy you them. My first thought is that you are a very selfish person. My second thought is that I am. Subsequent thoughts, if I shared…

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