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

June 4th, 2014 6:54 am by Entertainment Staff

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

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Internationally
known deaf performing artist Peter Cook will bring his "Southern
Buffet: COOKin' Up Stories" to Johnson City on June 7.

Show
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
University.

The
free, public event will be given in American Sign Language, with
voice interpretation.

An
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.

Since
1986, Cook has traveled extensively both nationally and
internationally with Kenny Lerner to promote the Flying Words Project
and ASL literature.

He
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.

Nationally,
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.

Internationally,
he has worked with deaf storytellers and poets in Sweden, Norway,
Denmark and Japan.

His
works incorporate American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling,
acting and movement.

Cook's
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.

Interpreting
services will be provided by ETSU Disability Services and the
Knoxville Center of the Deaf.

For
more information, call Libby Tipton with ETSU Disability Services at
(423) 439-8346 or email tiptone@etsu.edu.

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