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Sign Language Poetry: Scholarly Articles and Videos

This guide points to resources about international sign language poetry and literature.
https://infoguides.rit.edu/prf.php?account_id=43304

Finding Scholarly Articles

The library has many databases that have ASL poetry and literature scholarly articles. However, there are a few core journals that publish the most articles related to this topic. The first three titles are video-based.
Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures,
Deaf Studies Digital Journal,
Sign Language Studies,
Sign Language & Linguistics,
Deaf Worlds,
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Fall/Winter 2018 Society for American Sign Language (SASL) Journal
Spring/Summer 2018 Society for American Sign Language (SASL) Journal 
Fall/Winter 2017 Society for American Sign Language (SASL) Journal

You can search within the journal to retrieve articles or use the databases below. Use the A-Z Journal List to find journal print and online holdings. This journal SLOPE, devotes an issue on ASL Poetry. Check out the following newsletters. 

Summer 2020 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Winter 2019 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Fall 2019 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Spring 2019 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Winter 2019 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Fall 2018 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter 
Summer 2018 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter 
Spring 2018 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Winter 2017 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Fall 2017 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Summer 2017 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Spring 2017 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Winter 2016 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Fall 2016 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Summer 2016 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter
Spring 2016 Society for American Sign Language Newsletter

Take a look at ACTION magazine published by Jim Cohn, an alumnus (interpreter) involved in the early days of ASL Poetry. Jim Cohn established the short-lived ACTION magazine in 1984 while living in Rochester, New York. He bought an A.B. Dick mimeo machine and produced the magazine in his basement. Between 1984 and 1986, Cohn published 9 issues of ACTION, drawing upon the work of poets in the upstate New York region such as Sam Abrams, J. Todd Beers, Finvola Drury, bobby johnson, Chan McKenzie and Wendy Low, as well as poets Cohn had met in Boulder, Colorado, as a student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. ACTION also drew upon the Deaf poetry community of Rochester and was the first poetry magazine in the country to feature work by American Sign Language poets Peter Cook, Debbie A. Rennie and Patrick Graybill.

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