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No Walls of Stone

An Anthology of Literature by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers

Jill Jepson, Editor

Publication Year: 1992

No Walls of Stone is a unique collection of short fiction, essays, verse, and drama entirely by deaf and hard of hearing writers. This volume presents a rich variety of superb work by such well-known authors as Robert Panara, Anne McDonald, David Wright, and Jack Clemo, and exciting contributions by other previously unpublished, gifted writers.

Published by: Gallaudet University Press

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

Anthropologist Edward Hall has described literature as a rich and yet untapped source of information about how people perceive the world. My interest in collecting the writings of deaf and hard of hearing people stemmed, in part, from...

Acknowledgments

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pp. 15-16

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Claire Blatchford

Born in 1944, Claire Howell Blatchford became profoundly deaf after a case of mumps at the age of six. She attended schools with hearing children and graduated from Bennington College in 1966. She has two...

The Deaf Girl: A Memory

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pp. 20-

The Collector

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pp. 21-22

Centering

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pp. 23-

Acorn

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pp. 24-

Mid-Winter

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pp. 25-

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Robert F. Panara

Robert Panara is one of the best-known deaf writers in the United States and is well known in the American Deaf community. After becoming deaf at the age of ten, he attended public schools in New York City, including Bronx Parkway Public School...

On His Deafness

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pp. 27-

The Deaf Experience

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pp. 28-

Lip Service

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pp. 29-

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Anne McDonald

Anne McDonald received a B.A. from Providence College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught creative writing workshops with children at various festivals. Her work has been published in...

For Stanley Teaching Sign Language and Us

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pp. 31-32

The Deadening of October

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pp. 33-

Foxglove (for Don)

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pp. 34-

Wing Biddlebaum

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pp. 35-

Speaking About the Deaf Child

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pp. 36-

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Willy Conley

Willy Conley, a former actor with the National Theatre of the Deaf, graduated with an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. His plays have won the American Deaf Drama Award, the Sam Edwards Deaf Playwrights Competition and...

One Frame per Second

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pp. 38-

The Seawall

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pp. 39-45

The Hearing Test

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pp. 46-71

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Lisa Fay

Lisa Fay graduated from Framingham State College in 1978 with a degree in Liberal Studies. Her education included a semester in London. She is involved with many community activities in Boston, where she has lived for the past ten years. Fay is on the board of...

Albert Einstein

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pp. 73-

My Yankee Friend

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pp. 74-75

Subway Conductor

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pp. 76-

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Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak (the c is silent) became deaf at the age of seven months, due to double pneumonia. After graduating from Gallaudet University, he moved to New York City. His play Snooty won the New York Deaf Theatre's 1990 Sam Edwards Deaf...

Learning to Speak I

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pp. 78-81

Mrs. Kichak’s Plum Tree

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pp. 82-

The Audiologist

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pp. 83-

Practice

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pp. 84-87

A Wish, Unheard

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pp. 88-

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The Finer Things

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pp. 89-111

Michael is wandering the circular hallways of the Hirschhorn Gallery of Art when he notices an older man with a thick blond beard, wearing a pair of olive corduroys and burgundy Weejuns. Michael looks away, wishing he didn't always have to explore art museums alone...

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Michael Winters

Michael Winters was born in 1943 ("too old to be a boomer") and raised in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. He moved to Texas after high school, where he earned a B.A. from Rice University. He has been a children's baseball, football, softball, and...

Melusine

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pp. 114-122

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Trudy Drucker

Trudy Drucker is a medical and technical writer as well as a freelance poet/essayist. She received a B.S. cum laude from New York University, an M.A. summa cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Ph.D. with honors from...

Sylvia

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pp. 124-

At Night

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pp. 125-126

Twilight Time

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pp. 127-

The Fifth Voyage

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pp. 128-

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Curtis Robbins

Curtis Robbins was born in New York City in 1943. He became deaf at the age of one from a near-fatal dose of a mycin drug he was given to treat tonsillitis. He received a B.A. from Gallaudet University in 1967, an M.A. from...

Piano

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pp. 130-

The Big Black Beetle

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pp. 131-

Homeless

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pp. 132-

Mary Holmes

Inner Ears

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pp. 134-139

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Edna Shipley-Conner

Edna Shipley-Conner is the Deafened Adult Coordinator for the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA) in Northern California. She is responsible for developing the services and programs for hard of hearing and deafened adults...

On My Impending Deafness

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pp. 141-

The Search

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pp. 142-

Oklahoma

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pp. 143-

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David Wright

David Wright is perhaps the best known deaf poet in the world. Born in South Africa, he lost his hearing due to illness at the age of seven. Wright was educated in hearing schools and attended university in England. Wright is widely known as an editor of...

By the Effigy of St. Cecilia

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pp. 145-

Dialogue of a Deaf Man

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pp. 146-147

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Selections from Deafness

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pp. 148-159

About deafness I know everything and nothing. Everything, if forty years' firsthand experience is to count. Nothing, when I realize the little I have had to do with the converse aspects of deafness—the other half of the dialogue. Of that side my wife knows more than I. So do teachers of the deaf and those who...

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Cynthia Amerman

Cynthia Amerman has taught Spanish at Sussex County Community College and English, Spanish, and Creative Writing at Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta, New Jersey. After graduating from Allegheny College, she lived in Ecuador where she taught English at the...

Aeaea

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pp. 161-162

Game of Hide-and-Seek

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pp. 163-

Woodville

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pp. 164-

Birth

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pp. 165-

Medusa

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pp. 166-

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Karin Mango

Karin Mango has been hearing impaired since her teens. Her first book, a novel, was published when she was fourteen. She has since published thirteen other books, including fiction and nonfiction for young adults, as well as many articles. She works part-time as the...

To Your Health

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pp. 168-170

Christmas Cheer

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pp. 171-174

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Eddie Swayze

Eddie Swayze is a poet, artist, and performer who composes work in both American Sign Language and English. He has performed his poetry for the Deaf Poetry Conference and the Deaf Poetry Series at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, at the...

A Statue of Virgin Mary

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pp. 177-

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Emily Mandelbaum

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pp. 178-

Emily Mandelbaum is a homemaker who has also worked as a museum technician, income tax preparer, and consultant to initiate community composting. Born to Quaker teacher in rural upstate New York, Mandelbaum received a B.A. in political science from...

Skiing in January 1991

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pp. 179-

Sounds

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pp. 180-

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Jack Clemo

Jack Clemo was born in a village in Cornwall, where he continued to live until his death in 1977. Throughout his life, he suffered from recurrent losses of both vision and hearing and was, for much of his adult life, completely deaf-blind. Despite having ended his formal...

Helen Keller at Wrentham

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pp. 182-183

Affirmative Way

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pp. 184-186

Whispers

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pp. 187-188

Beethoven

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pp. 189-190

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Frances M. Parsons

Frances Margaret (Peggy) Parsons was born prematurely, and though she was not expected to live, she survived through the careful nurturing she received during the first crucial weeks of her life. She entered the California School for the Deaf in...

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Selections from I Didn’t Hear the Dragon Roar

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pp. 192-197

All my life I had dreamed of seeing China. The Cultural Revolution forced me to wait, but in the early 1980s I began taking steps to make my trip a reality. I intended to manage on a shoestring budget, something I was familiar and comfortable with. I had managed quite well when I traveled around...

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Delores Goodrick Beggs

Delores Goodrick Beggs is a prolific writer whose poetry and fiction have been published in anthologies and in numerous small press publications, including Sunrust, American Pen Women, Pennsylvania Poetry Society Prize Poems, Pineburst Journal, Facet, and...

Tinnitus

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pp. 199-

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Christopher Heuer

Christopher Jon Heuer was born in 1970, in the small farming community of Hustisford, Wisconsin. Very early in his life, it was discovered that he was severely hard-of-hearing, probably because of genetic causes. Upon graduation from high school, Heuer entered the...

Larynx

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pp. 201-

Howling at the Moon

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pp. 203-

Spiraling into Sleep

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pp. 204-

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Joseph Castronovo

Joseph Castronovo is a writer and performer of poetry in both English and American Sign Language. A very active force in deaf arts, he established the International Deaf Cultural Arts and Humanities/American Center, Inc.; was instrumental in staring the KUNST Academy...

Statues

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pp. 206-208

Above the Entrance to an Ancient Italian Cemetery, A Sign

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pp. 209-

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Peter Cook

Peter Cook is a deaf performance artist who employs elements of mime, storytelling, acting, and poetry. He is codirector and founder of Flying Words Project, a nonprofit literary organization that promotes literature in American Sign Language. Cook has performed...

Maltz

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pp. 211-

Ringoes

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pp. 212-213

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Hannah Merker

Hannah Merker's first story was published in a local newspaper when she was ten. Since then, she has published in hundreds of newspapers, journals, and anthologies, including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Christian Science Monitor. After years of...

Selections from Listening

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pp. 215-232


E-ISBN-13: 9781563682360
E-ISBN-10: 1563682362
Print-ISBN-13: 9781563680199
Print-ISBN-10: 156368019X

Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 10 photos
Publication Year: 1992

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  • Deaf -- Literary collections.
  • Deaf, Writings of the, American.
  • Hearing impaired, Writings of the, American.
  • Hearing impaired -- Literary collections.
  • American literature -- 20th century.
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