Petra Kuppers

Poet, Fiction Writer

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Author's Bio

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist and a community performance artist. She is author of the poetry collection PearlStitch (2016), the poetry chapbook Green Orion Woman (2018), and the queer/crip speculative short story collection Ice Bar (2018). Her poetry collection Gut Botany, a queer ecosomatic investigation, appears in 2020 with the Made in Michigan series with Wayne State University Press. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and lives with her wife, poet and dancer Stephanie Heit, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where they co-create Turtle Disco, a community somatic writing space. She teaches at the University of Michigan, and has been part of Goddard College's progressive education experiments and their low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts for over a decade. Petra uses somatic speculative writing and performance practice to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures, and she grounds herself and her work in site-specific performance and disability culture methods. From 2018-2021, she is a fellow of the Black Earth Institute, an ecopoetic community that re-forges the links between art and spirit, earth and society.

Publications & Prizes


Ice Bar (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018)


Gut Botany (Wayne State University Press, 2020)
PearlStitch (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016)
Cripple Poetics: A Love Story, with poet/performance artist Neil Marcus (Homofactus Press, 2007)

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Disabled, German, LGBTQ
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English, German
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Last update: Oct 17, 2019