2020 Conference: Madeline Wahl

Madeline Wahl: Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Stuttering as Visual Art

I’m a person who stutters and have written about stuttering over the years for various publications. In 2019, I worked with a photographer to create a photo series called “Physical Body: Invisible Stutter.” Stuttering is at the intersection of words and the human body. The ten photos were published on the Stuttering Foundation, and the black-and-white photographs are of a personal nature. For so long, I’ve wondered why stuttering is thrown to the sidelines and isn’t looked at as an art form, a visual medium. So, I decided to change that by creating my own photo series that highlights the positive and very real aspects of stuttering not often talked about or discussed. 

Madeline Wahl is a writer and editor based in New York. Previously, she worked for HuffPost and Golf Channel. Her writing has appeared on HuffPost, Red Magazine, the Stuttering Foundation, McSweeney’s, Pink Pangea, The Mighty, and Yahoo Lifestyle, among others.