$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 7:30pm / Doors 7pm
ASL Slam was founded in 2005 with a mission to provide a space for literary and performing artists in the Deaf community to present, create and develop their works in front of a live audience.
In March of 2005 Bob Arnold, poet and creator behind the sign writing movement, founded ASLian Poetry & Storytelling Night at the famed Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan. Jason Norman co-hosted the open mic event monthly until Arnold relocated, changing the name to ASL Slam. Douglas Ridloff, then an emerging poet, artist and performer, joined the ASL Slam family in 2009. By 2010 Douglas became the sole host and ASL Slam became a brand, garnering national and international attention attracting eager audiences and performers from all over the world with its rotation of monthly events, ranging from open mic events to full performances. In 2013 ASL Slam kicked off its first tour visiting Michigan, Austin, France and much more. Today ASL Slam continues to grow officially launching monthly events in Boston and Chicago, D.C. and plans to expand to additional cities in 2017-2018.