Mean Little Deaf Queer by Terry Galloway ⋆ Green Woman Store

Mean Little Deaf Queer by Terry Galloway

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What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life. A must read!

In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed “child freak,” she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, she writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life.

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With disarming candor, Terry Galloway writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. 

Terry Galloway with her book Mean Little Deaf QueerTerry Galloway is a deaf, queer writer and performer, who tours her one woman shows as a cheap way of seeing the world. In Austin, Texas, she gained a reputation for playing comic male roles as a student and Research Associate for the University of Texas’ alternative Summer Theater Festival, Shakespeare at Winedale. She’s also known as one of the founding members of Austin’s wildly popular 6th street cabaret Esther’s Follies and as the founder of Actual Lives, a writing and performance workshop for adults with and without disabilities. She writes as well as performs about queerness, deafness, disability, theater, and Elvis.

Terry Galloway, author of Mean Little Deaf QueerTerry has been a Visiting Artist at the California Institute of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She’s won a variety of awards including an NEA, a J.Frank Dobie Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, grants from the Texas Commission of the Arts and the Florida Divisions of Cultural Affairs, 5 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards, 3 Prindi National Public Radio Commentary Awards, and a Best Swimmer Award from the Lions Camp for Crippled Children. She splits her time between Austin Texas, and Tallahassee, Flordia, where she lives with her long-time love Donna Marie Nudd, a professor at Florida State University and their cat Tweety.

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