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Sign Language Literature and Poetry: Guide Contents

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

Guide Contents

The black and white image shows the words "ASL Slam" and pictures of a hand signing "slam" from a closed fist to an open 5 handshape.This left image is from an ASL Slam ad in NYC.

This guide will assist you with Sign Language Poetry and Literature research. In addition to recommending online videos and DVDs, this guide provides assistance in finding articles, using selected databases and websites, and search tips related to this topic. If you have questions, feel free to contact me, Joan Naturale - I am the NTID and Deaf Studies Librarian and happy to help.

A great poetry website, the Museum of American Poetics is by Jim Cohn, an alumnus (interpreter) who was involved in the early years of ASL Poetry in Rochester, NY.  He published ACTION magazine which includes poems by Deaf poets Patrick Graybill, Peter Cook, and Debbie Rennie. He also curates Golden Bodies, an exhibit of MAP-inducted poets with disabilities.  Take a look at the ASL Poetry Archive from his website listed below.

BirdBrain Society, Bridge Of, Deaf Beat Summit, "Like a Teardrop in Some Forgotten Video" and the National Deaf Poetry Conference.

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