RIT/NTID will host a Big Read featuring Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic. Programming explores the themes of language, power, and community in Deaf Republic, spotlights the history of deaf poetry in the United States, and encourages people from diverse backgrounds to experiment with poetry as a means of expressing their own experiences of language, power, and community.
NTID is partnering with Monroe County Library System (MCLS) and other colleges in RIT to organize local events open to the entire Rochester community. NTID is also partnering with deaf organizations and schools for the deaf to organize satellite events across the country. Rochester programming includes Deaf Republic book giveaways, a reading and talk by Kaminsky, book group discussions, and ASL performances of the poems; as well art exhibits exploring the themes in Deaf Republic, poetry workshops, and readings by other poets.