About Eddie Swayze

Eddie SwayzeEddie Swayze is a poet, performing artist, actor, visual artist, electronic music composer, and educator.  He translates his poems into American Sign Language along his original composed electronic music and some videos. He discovered ASL poetry in the 80’s through Peter Cook, Debbie Rennie, Clayton Valli, and other great ASL poets/performers.

His poetry has been published in The HandType Press, The Gallaudet University Press, The Clevis Press, The Tactile Mind Press, Dark Lady Press, The Talon Magazine, Forge, Science Poetry from Ontario, Canada, Silver Blades, and a few more. He won two awards in ImageArt poetry reading under the annual glbt ImageOut Film Festival. His poetry performance is featured in a short clip in “The Heart of The Hydrogen Jukebox” by Miriam Lerner. He received two New York State Council on the Arts grants and four Strategic Opportunity Stipends grants.

He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995.