Dianne Bilyak, M.A.R.

This is a photo of the book cover for Nothing Special by Dianne Bilyak and a blurb about the book by Bekah Brunstetter that says: "With charming specificity and hilarity, and through honest self-reflection and observation, Bilyak hits home with something that we so badly need to hear right now: that people with disabilities are not a monolith, and that there is no perfect way to love or be loved by them."
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Roman Catholic

Dianne Bilyak, M.A.R. 2006 has a memoir, Nothing Special: The Mostly True, Sometimes Funny Tales of Two Sisters, being published by Wesleyan University Press. The book is the winner of the Driftless Connecticut Series (The Driftless Connecticut Series is a publication award program established in 2010 to recognize excellent books with a Connecticut focus or written by a Connecticut author), and will be launched March 2, 2021. It has also been #1 on Amazon's New Releases in New England U.S. Biographies.
Bilyak is a Pushcart-prize nominated writer, graduate of the Institute of Sacred Music and Art, and a Connecticut disability rights advocate. Her book of poems Against the Turning was published in 2011, and her work has also been featured in America Magazine, Drunken Boat, The Massachusetts Review, and The Tampa Review. In 2012 and 2013 her plays Cradle to Gravy and The Unauthorized Biography of Dr. Irma King were chosen to be part of the United Solo Festival on Manhattan’s Theater Row. Bilyak’s interviews with poets about spirituality can be found on the Poetry Society of America’s website.