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Transients: a Poetry Reading and Discussion with Doug Ridloff

Douglas Ridloff intertwines Deaf culture themes and Deaf experiences into the style of visual vernacular ASL poetry.

Douglas Ridloff is the founder and executive director of ASL Slam, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces for the Deaf community to thrive in the many modalities of their native language. By hosting a monthly event at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City and then bringing ASL Slam and his unique style of visual vernacular poetry to Australia, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Jamaica, Russia, the United Kingdom, and beyond, Ridloff has fostered engagement and enthusiasm for sign languages worldwide.

For more about him and his work, see and

This event is part of the Roosevelt Poetry Readings at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. The Roosevelt Poetry Readings are made possible by a donor gift that helps bring poets of recognized stature to the Institute.

For information about Harvard Radcliffe Institute and its many public programs, visit​.

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