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Sign Language Poetry: Sculptures in the Air Grant Project

This guide points to resources about international sign language poetry and literature.

Sculptures in the Air Grant Project

RIT Libraries and RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archives along with NTID Video Engineering, Marketing and Communications Videographer, Dr. Karen Christie, ASL Literature scholar, and Interpreting staff have created a grant-funded site "Sculptures in the Air"  featuring ASL Poetry and Literature conference videos from 1987, 1991, and 1996. This site includes other materials such as ASL Lecture workshops, poetry performances by Robert F. Panara and the NTID Drama Club, the 1984 Ginsberg/Panara Beat Summit and more This project is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In addition, the office of the NTID President, Dr. Gerry Buckley, contributed funds and video digitization cost-share. The images below are of poets from the video collections. 
Images from the ASL Poetry and Literature Project.

Here are some highlights from the Sculptures in the Air Video Project below.

1972 Focus: NTID Drama Club (Spoon River, Jabberwocky, Hakiu Poems)

1974 Robert F. Panara Teaching an NTID Poetry Class: Part One

1978 Poetry in the Palm of Your Hand Conference

1984 Robert Panara and Allen Ginsberg Presentation: Part Two

1987 National ASL Poetry Conference: Clayton Valli Performance

1987 National ASL Poetry Conference: Debbie Rennie Performance

1989 Writers and Books: Eric Frederick Malzkuhn 'Malz' Presentation and Performance

1990 Writers and Books: Only 13 Poem by Fling Words and Quebec Theatre of the Deaf

1991 ASL Literature Conference Presentation: Michelle Banks

1996 National ASL Literature Conference: Isias Eaton and Company, Peter Cook, Fanwood and Lexington Students

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