Those familiar with deaf culture know that deafness is not an obstacle to creativity. Many artists within the deaf community use sign language and symbolism to convey their experiences and views. A segment of these works, known as American Sign Language literature, refers specifically to stories, poetry, plays, and songs created in ASL.Video recording technology has made it possible for people from all cultures to view a particular “telling” over and over again. Today, deaf poets are also using SignWriting to record their worksusing typed symbols to represent the hand movements and shapes of ASL. Live performances take place at festivals held at Gallaudet University and Deaf West Theater. The names of Peter Cook, Ella Mae Lentz, Trix Bruce, Patrick Graybill, and Debbie Rennie are well known among practitioners of the form, as is that of Clayton Valli.Valli was inspired by poets like Robert Frost who often made use of nature imagery. They are enriched by the use of visual repetition of hand movements and facial expression. On Youtube, you can find many videos of Valli himself, as well as other artists retelling his poems and stories. In addition to performing, Valli taught Linguistics at Gallaudet University and co-authored important ASL works such as Introduction to the Linguistics of American Sign Language and The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language.