Cool Cat: Anne Finger

Getting to Know You

  1. Your name: Anne Finger
  2. What’s your connection with disability? Had polio as a young child, part of disability rights/justice/arts community.
  3. Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek (original series watched on black and white television in 1967)
  4. If you could live in any other country for 2 years, where would you go? Eritrea
  5. What dish would your bring to our community picnic potluck? brown rice salad from Moosewood Cookbook – it’s good, trust me

Now That We’ve Been Introduced…

  1. What do you do: writer
  2. How did you come to doing what you do? How has your career trajectory flowed? just plugged away and kept doing it
  3. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? still living
  4. Not to be morbid, but what do you want people to remember about you when you’ve gone? a good mother and friend and an accomplished writer
  5. Who or what inspires you? Anyone who fights for justice, in big and small ways. I like to think about the hundreds of thousands, millions of people who took part in the civil rights struggle, who were “ordinary,” not heroic, tired, cranky, angry, passionate and very heroic at the same time.

About Disability

  1. If you could say something to yourself in the past – that is, the you that was really struggling with something related to disability – what would you say? Your life will be so much easier once you start using a wheelchair.
  2. What do you like about your particular disability? I like the feistiness and sense of community being post-polio has given me.
  3. Any one thing that you wish people would *get* about disability? That it is an intrinsic part of human experience.
  4. What single piece of technology makes your life easier? My wheelchair.


Where else can we find you online?

You could visit this site where I am named “Wanker of the Day” for my writing about disability and abortion. I somehow get a kick out of this. My son asked me what a “wanker” was, and I explained, “someone who masturbates.” He said, “So, is it good to be “wanker of the day”?


Books by Anne Finger:


Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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