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Adam Pottle on Writing with Deafness

by (author) Adam Pottle

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Personal Memoirs, People with Disabilities
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 In Voice, Adam Pottle explores the crucial role deafness has played in the growth of his imagination, and in doing so presents a unique perspective on a writer’s development. Born deaf in both ears, Pottle recounts what it was like growing up in a world of muted sound, and how his deafness has influenced virtually everything about his writing, from his use of language to character and plot choices. Salty, bold, and relentlessly honest, Voice makes us think about writing in entirely new ways and expands our understanding of deafness and the gifts that it can offer.

"Pottle's book is an important contribution to the growing roster of writing supplied by deaf academics, artists, writers, actors and theatre directors and professionals. I felt a 'coming home' experience in reading this book. As a deaf writer, I enthusiastically say 'yes' to his linkages between deafness and writing." —Joanne Weber, author of The Deaf House

About the author

Adam Pottle’s first book, a volume of poetry, Beautiful Mutants, was published in 2011 by Caitlin Press and was subsequently shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award, and was longlisted for the ReLit Poetry Prize. Born in Kamloops and raised in Ashcroft, Kitimat and Prince George, BC, Adam now lives in Saskatoon, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in English literature.

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Editorial Reviews

"Crisp, vivid, and frequently humorous." —Quill & Quire

"Stimulating." —Toronto Star

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