Mean Little deaf Queer by Terry Galloway
A Memoir

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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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About Terry Galloway

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Terry Galloway is the founder of the Actual Lives writing and performance programs; a founding member of Esther’s Follies, Austin’s legendary cabaret; and cofounder of the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Florida. She divides her time between Austin and Tallahassee. 
Published June 1, 2009 by Beacon Press. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Windy City Media

Lincoln, $20 advance, $25 day of, 773-871-3000, —Monday, Nov. 16: University of Illinois, Chicago, An Afternoon with Terry Galloway ( performance, reading, videos ) , 12:30 p.m., at U of I Chicago —Monday, Nov. 16: University of Illinois at Chicago, Videos from The M...

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The Austinist

When Terry Galloway read last week at BookPeople from her new memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer, the standing room only crowd went wild.

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