I will perform my multi-media ASL poetry, using original composed electronic music and videos for the Black Mountain North Symposium. The event is a big one with many poets/artists presenting their workshops, performances, visual arts, and music from all over the United States of America, mostly New York State and near by, and local Rochester poets and artists. I am honored to be requested to participate this event. I am looking forward to performing, meeting new/old friends, and learning.
6:15-6:30 Eddie Swayze, ASL Multimedia Poet (Innovation Center)
Eddie Swayze is a poet, performing artist, actor, visual artist, electronic music composer, and educator. He discovered ASL poetry during the 80′s, and now presents his ASL poetry along his original composed electronic music and video. Mr. Swayze graduated with an MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He teaches American Sign Language at Rochester School for the Deaf and tutors English/Literature at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. His poems have been published by HandType Press, Gallaudet University Press, Clevis Press, Tactile Mind Press, Dark Lady Press, Talon Magazine, and a few more. He won two awards in ImageArt poetry reading as part of the annual GLBT ImageOut Film Festival. His poetry performance is featured in a short clip in the documentary film The Heart of The Hydrogen Jukebox by Miriam Lerner. He received two New York State Council on the Arts grants and four Strategic Opportunity Stipends grants.