Peter Cook 
Deaf Poet
Extraordinaire

Louder than Words

Whether its a story or poem, be prepare to be amazed. I’ve been performing in front of audiences since 1986. It’s my passion, and I love sharing it with the world. My shows are often described as dazzling and breathtaking. If you’re interested in hiring me, I’m available for events, shows, and festivals. Get in touch now to find out more.

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About Me

Peter Cook is an Associate Professor, and Chair of  ASL Department, Columbia College Chicago and an internationally known Deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement.

Cook has an MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (2011) and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology (1986).

Since 1986, Cook has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally with Kenny Lerner, to promote the Flying Words Project and ASL literature. He appeared in the Alive from Off Center episode “Words in Your Face” and in “The United States of Poetry” (PBS), both of which were produced by Emmy-award winner Bob Holman. He also was featured performer for the ITV’s Signed Stories.

Cook has been featured nationally in numerous festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival, Oklahoma City Winter Tales, Illinois Storytelling Festival, Indiana Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Tales of Gratz, Austria, International Poetry Festival, Rotterdam, Netherland, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy, D.C.


In 2003, he was invited to the White House to join the National Book Festival.

Internationally, Cook has worked with Deaf storytellers/poets in Northern Europe, Latvia Brazil, Israel, and Japan.

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Highly evocative performances I could watch for hours!

Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

 

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