Literature of Deaf writers and artists

Literature is a body of literary materials that can be anything from creative to technical or scientific works of a language or culture.

All cultures and languages have literatures one way or another, in which they pass on their stories, poems, plays and other works that reflect their experience, tradition, and values of a culture of people. Language and culture are interwoven that they do not exist without each other.

Literature has two forms: oral (whether spoken or signed) and written.

American Sign Language (ASL) like other languages (signed or spoken) has literature of its own that has been passed on from a generation to another by Amelsan people (culturally Deaf/native signers) through oral, video, and recently emerged writing.

Our stories are 
not yours to tell!
Comics by Adrean Clark, November 29, 2017.

ASL literature has its forms: oral (visual-spatial) form in ASL and published or written form in video and written ASL. Since the advent of video technology in the 1970s, published ASL literature and art have grown quickly, including vlogs (video blogs) by ASL Deaf people on the Internet in the 2000s. ASL writing has also grown in the early 2000s.

Because we Deaf people are a linguistic-cultural oppressed group, we've experienced audism, linguicism, cultural appropriation, hearing privilege, and so on. We support Deaf expression only in all forms: academic writings, storytelling, poetry, dramas, songs, arts, and all other creative works. Sometimes we accept a few works of "hearing-but" allies who work and advocate closely with us.

ASL/Deaf literature has its rich mosaics of our language, culture, history, and world.

Articles on ASL literature

Cultural appropriation