ASL Day meets NaPoMo
ASL Poetry 2022

April is National Poetry Month (NaPoMo) and American Sign Language (ASL) day is April 15th. What happens when you merge the two together?
You get ASL poetry. Five poets were asked to participate in having their poems translated into ASL. These were the results. 

About the ASL Translator:
Jan Morales is a proud deaf Long Island native, a baker, lover of travel, dogs, mermaids, computers, and movies. She is Karina G-Lopez
's youngest sister and ASL teacher. 

Vanessa Chica

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Poet: Vanessa Chica

Poem: Tank of a Woman

Translated in ASL by Jannine Morales

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About Vanessa Chica: Vanessa is an NYC educator, author, writer, poet, play-wright, fat activist, editor, and Founder of theWORDbox. She co-wrote and performed in a three woman play titled “Live Big Girl” debuted at The National Black Theatre. Her work has been published in The BX Files, The Abuela Stories Project, The New York City Writing Project, The Acentos Review and Great Weather For Media anthology. Go to Vanessachica.com for more info.

Peggy Robles-Alvarado

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Poet: Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Poem: "Tías Rocio’s  Advice To Her Nieces About 

Disclosing Body Counts To Boyfriends"

Translated in ASL by Jannine Morales

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About Peggy: Peggy is an NYC educator, author, award winning poet, 2021 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two- time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, VONA, Academy for Teachers and The Home School.  Peggy is a three- time International Latino Book Award winner. Through Robleswrites Productions Inc., she created The Abuela Stories Project (2016), Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse (2017) and The “More Than Just…” Project (2020).  For more info visit robleswrite.com.

Julissa Contreras

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Poet: Julissa Contreras

Poem: Signs

Translated in ASL by Jannine Morales

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About Julissa Contreras: Julissa is a Dominicana from the Bronx, host of the “Ladies Who Bronche” podcast and creator of the YouTube hit “Shit Spanish Girls Say”. She is a storyteller, writer, poet, actor, community builder, and educator. Julissa focuses on elevating necessary dialogue through creating connected experiences. Julissa was a writer for Mitu’s “the Kat Call” (season 3) and Spotify’s “Lenny Says” as part of the Spotlight program. Julissa’s work as been commissioned and featured in Atlantic Theater’s African Carribean Mixfest, Latinx Playwright’s Circle's Greater Good Commision, Intar Theater, Harlem 9’s 48 Hours in el Bronx, and the BX Writer’s Year Gone Hazy anthology. For more info visit www.julissacontreras.com

Billy Tuggle

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Poet: Billy Tuggle

Poem: Haiku "Take my Coffee Black"

Translated in ASL by Jannine Morales

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About Billy:  a South Side Chicago native; a writer, vocalist, performance poet and event producer; a mentor, an activist and HipHop culturalist; recorded, published, a poetry slam champion. 

reg e gaines

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Poet: reg e gaines

Poem: "Hard Work" snippet 

Translated in ASL by Jannine Morales

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reg e gains is a two time Tony Award nominated playwright, Grammy Award nominated lyricist, author of four poetry books and editor of the 2015 poetry anthology, and A Year In Ink, scored the PBS documentary. He is also the director of the NYC Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Connect The Lots, director/ creative writing workshop facilitator of Through The Looking Glass, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles California, director of Lyricist Fellowship Lab, Teaching Firm of America Charter School, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Is Poetry Theater? workshop facilitator, Bowery Poetry Club, and writer, director, producer, The 88, a new musical with music by Calvin Gaines.

My ASL Poem: Karina Guardiola-Lopez

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