Flying Words Project

Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner
February 22, 2014 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Flying Words Project is an American Sign Language poetry troupe comprised of Deaf Poet Peter Cook and hearing coauthor Kenny Lerner. The goal of Flying Words is probably the same as all other poets, to play with language.  As luck would have it, ASL is a language of moving pictures. So Kenny and Peter juxtapose imagery you can see in creating their work.

The pieces are first written in ASL. When a poem is completed, Peter and Kenny try to figure out how to voice it!  In other words, how to express just enough words and sounds so that hearing members in the audience can see the images for themselves.

"You can't miss Flying Words.  You simply can't.  It's one of the most amazing displays of eloquence in motion that you'll ever see..."
Edmonton Bullet

"It is remarkable to think that they are currently influencing the entire course of ASL Poetry through their work." -H-Dirksen L. Bauman,  Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University

Admission is free!


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