© 2023 by Emma Dei.

Mike Ervin/Anna Stonum

1998, mixed media on paper, 22" x 21"

Mike Ervin, journalist, writer and playwright, and Anna Stonum, poet, and visual artist, are shown in a double portrait. Ervin’s work appears in Staring Back: The Disability Experience From The Inside Out and Beyond Victims and Villains: Contemporary Plays by Disabled Playwrights. Ervin and Stonum, dedicated disability rights activists, had been married for a decade before Anna Stonum’s sudden death of heart failure in February 1999. Ervin’s disability is Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, and Stonum’s was Fredreich’s ataxia.