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Deaf storyteller Peter Cook to perform 'Southern Buffet' in Johnson City

Entertainment Staff • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM


known deaf performing artist Peter Cook will bring his "Southern

Buffet: COOKin' Up Stories" to Johnson City on June 7.


time is 7 p.m. in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium, located in the

D.P. Culp University Center on the campus of East Tennessee State



free, public event will be given in American Sign Language, with

voice interpretation.


associate professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation

at Columbia College Chicago, Cook holds a master's degree in

storytelling from ETSU and a bachelor's degree in graphic design

from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


1986, Cook has traveled extensively both nationally and

internationally with Kenny Lerner to promote the Flying Words Project

and ASL literature.


has appeared in the PBS productions Live from Off Center's "Words

on Mouth" and "United States of Poetry," both of which were

produced by Emmy Award-winner Bob Holman, and in 1998 launched his

own video production company called PC Production, which is now based

in Chicago.


Cook has been a featured performer at numerous festivals, including

the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough; Oklahoma City's

Winter Tales; the Illinois Storytelling Festival; Indiana Hoosier

Storytelling Festival; Multi-Cultural Festival in Eugene, Ore.; The

Deaf Way II; and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in

Washington, D.C. In 2003, he was invited to the White House to join

the National Book Festival.


he has worked with deaf storytellers and poets in Sweden, Norway,

Denmark and Japan.


works incorporate American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling,

acting and movement.


concert at ETSU is being hosted by the ETSU Office of Disability

Services in conjunction with the Tennessee Registry of Interpreters

for the Deaf conference, to be held on campus June 6 and 7. The event

is sponsored by the Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf,

AT&T and VCI Sign Language Interpreting.


services will be provided by ETSU Disability Services and the

Knoxville Center of the Deaf.


more information, call Libby Tipton with ETSU Disability Services at

(423) 439-8346 or email tiptone@etsu.edu.

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