The Series of Fortunate Events brings you an afternoon with four authors as they discuss what it is like to write their own stories, setting the record straight about life with a disability. We are excited to host Kelly Bouldin Darmofal, R.V. Kuser, Barton and Megan Cutter.

Arts Access is excited that this reading will be moderated by 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman.
May 7, 2017
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
United Arts Council
410 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603
(note: inside The Creamery building. Entrance to United Arts faces Tucker Street between Glenwood Avenue and West Street)

Tickets for the Authors Reading are $10 per person ahead of time and $15 at the door. You may purchase tickets here. All proceeds from ticket sales support the work of Arts Access.

United Arts is a one-story space with ramp access from the parking lot, and has accessible restrooms. There are seven designated accessible spaces in the 75-space adjacent parking lot. ASL interpretation, audio description, and other reasonable accommodations can be provided, with a nine-day advanced notice. Contact Betsy Ludwig: 919.833.9919 / [email protected]

United Arts has a 75-space parking lot with seven designated accessible spaces. On-street parking is available and free on the weekends. Accessible parking spaces are dispersed throughout downtown. The closest parking decks to United Arts are The 510 Glenwood Parking Deck at 510 Glenwood Avenue and the 222 Glenwood Parking Deck at 222 Glenwood Avenue.

The free Downtown Raleigh R-line stops at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Tucker Street. United Arts is located 10 blocks Northwest of the Moore Square bus station.

Moderator, Mimi Herman is a teaching artist, writer, consultant and editor, and the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute. She has taught in the Masters of Education programs at Lesley University and has been an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal.  Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students and teachers with her warm and intuitive teaching style.

Kelly Bouldin Darmofal is the author of Lost in My Mind, a stunning memoir describing Kelly’s journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife, and mother, despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury.  Spanning three decades, this journey is unique in its focus on TBI education in America (or lack thereof). Kelly also abridges her mother's journals to describe forgotten experiences. She continues the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice, describing a victim's relentless search for success, love, and acceptance -- while combating bureaucratic red tape, aphasia, bilateral hand impairment, and loss of memory.
R.V. Kuser is a profoundly autistic man who works as a Developmental Specialist and Autism Coordinator.  He is on a quest for ways to overcome personal difficulties with communication, behavior, and cognitive perception.  The strategies he has developed are detailed in his book, Challenged But Not Defeated, which is targeted (but not limited) to parents, caregivers, and educators in the special-education community.
Barton and Megan Cutter co-wrote Ink in the Wheels:  Stories to Make Love Roll. Their groundbreaking memoir about love, disability, and perseverance details their journey to building a successful marriage despite others’ expectations. Ink in the Wheels delves into topics such as disability and relationships, family influences and dynamics, creating external and internal support networks and direct support staff and the balance of care giving.