Poetry in Motion

By Zhenru Zhang

In an effort to help her students become familiar with what it means to live with a disability the Poet Laureate of Iowa, Mary Swander took her graduate poetry class to the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The students were surprised by how the deaf students used movement and expression to communicate ideas and emotions and it led to a common project between both groups.

The ISU students wrote nature poetry and then worked with students from the School for the Deaf who interpreted the poetry to an audience at the Ames Public Library this past spring

Watch the video to learn more about this project.