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Winners, Poet and Filmmaker

John Lee Clark is a DeafBlind poet, essayist, translator, and a leader in the Protactile movement. Clark is also one of the first 20 winners of the $50,000 “Disability Futures initiative, a new fellowship established by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support disabled artists.” He is the author/editor ofWhere I Stand, Deaf American Poetry, and Deaf Lit Extravaganza. In the Protactile movement, which supports the emergence of a fully tactile language, Clark is a core team member for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center.
Also among the 20 fellows, Rodney Evans, an award-winning filmmaker, chronicles the lives of four artists with visual impairments (including himself), in a feature-length documentary, Vision Portraits, which played in theaters late in 2019. Visit Evans’ website to view a trailer, or to see the film on Kanopy with a university or public library card.