Utilizing Language to Communicate on a Deeper Level with Lateef McCleod
Writer, poet, and podcaster Lateef McCleod joins the show for this episode to talk about communicating with the written word as a person with a disability. As an AAC user, Lateef has a unique life experience and perspective to share with our community. In addition to his own writing projects, he is also a contributor to the upcoming Xceptional Leaders book and he discusses what that process was like with Mai Ling Chan as well.
Contact Mai Ling: MLC at mailingchan.com
Contact Martyn: Martyn at martynsibley.com
Lateef McLeod is building his career as a writer and a scholar. He has earned a BA in
English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He is a
fifth-year graduate student in the Anthropology and Social Change Doctoral program at
California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. He published his first poetry
book entitled A Declaration of A Body Of Love in 2010 chronicling his life as a black
man with a disability and tackling various topics on family, dating, religion, spirituality,
his national heritage and sexuality. He also published another poetry book entitled
Whispers of Krip Love, Shouts of Krip Revolution in 2020. He currently is writing a novel
tentatively entitled The Third Eye Is Crying. He was in the 2007 and 2016 annual theater
performances of Sins Invalid and also their artist-in-residence performance in 2011
entitled Residence Alien. In 2019 he started a podcast entitled Black Disabled Men Talk
with co-hosts Leroy Moore, Keith Jones, and Ottis Smith.