Spring Humanities Series: American Sign Language Poets
Michael Taylor Clark, Lyndsie Onaka, Gayle Robertson, Robert J. Rich
Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Cost: No charge, suggested donations $5.00
Questions: (541) 506-6047
The Oregon School for the Deaf participates annually in Poetry Out Loud, a regional, state and national competition which focuses on students and their ability to interpret, memorize and deliver poetry to an audience. The students rise to the challenge in coming up with ways to deliver a poem in their native language, American Sign Language (ASL).
Presenters will include Michael Taylor Clark, Mid-valley Regional Poetry Out Loud champion and qualifier for the state competition, and Lyndsie Onaka, Poetry Out Loud finalist. The student poets are accompanied by Robert J. Rich (OSD reading and literature teacher, Zen Master, and resident ASL poet) and Gayle Robertson (OSD drama and art teacher, Poetry Out Loud coordinator, and interpreter).
The ASL poets’ presentation last year made an unforgettable impression. They invited us into their language and taught us to see and “hear” poetry in a new way. We have brought them back so that more people throughout our community may experience the imagery and beauty that is ASL poetry.
For special access needs, call Shayna Dahl at (541) 506-6046.
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