Laura Dorwart is a Ph.D. candidate and Fletcher Jones Fellow at UC San Diego/UC Irvine studying disability and mental illness representations in pop culture. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Barnard College. Her work appears at VICE, SheKnows, Catapult, AfterEllen, and others. Her blog,, which will highlight work by women/trans/femme writers every 24 hours, is launching soon. IG: @girlreadsblog