Handtype Press

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Handtype Press is a company that showcases the finest literature and art created by signers, Deaf and hearing alike, or about the Deaf or signing experience the world over.

Handtype Press has recently established Squares and Rebels, a LGBT imprint for hearing writers with a regional focus on the Upper Midwestern experience.

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Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,020. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014 by Handtype Press. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian
With its twelve sharply observed stories filled with memorable characters and dialogue imbued with the pop music of the day, Gregg Shapiro reflects on what it meant to grow up gay in Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s. Only a gay Chicago native with a keen eye could give us such an insider’s view of the Windy City from a more innocent time not too long ago.
Deaf Lit Extravaganza
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,830. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013 by Handtype Press. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » People with Disabilities
This celebration of short stories, poems, and essays gives us a glimpse into the Deaf signing community, something that literature by hearing authors featuring deaf characters has rarely done. Even in pieces that are about just one Deaf person, readers get a powerful sense of life in one of the most vibrant and least understood communities.
Makara: A Novel
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 65,660. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012 by Handtype Press. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Fionnuala is a part-human, part-seal Deaf woman who falls in love with Neela, a Hearing woman in India. While growing up with Neela’s family in Tamil Nadu, she struggles with her distant parents living apart in Ireland and Indonesia. What binds them all together is the unstoppable undercurrent of ache running through the sea of their lives.
Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,620. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012 by Handtype Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Eighteen queer male poets share stories what it means to live in the Midwest. We experience the undeniable power of seasons affecting their moods as they ache for a meaningful connection. We learn what it means to celebrate in spite of the odds against them. we discover anew the redemptive power of love and renewal among the leaves growing and falling.
When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012 by Handtype Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
When We Become Weavers brings together a multitude of voices exploring the many dimensions of the Midwest queer female experience: a land of moderation and extremes, lakes and thunderstorms, tall grass prairie and dance clubs, racism and transphobia, assault and female erotic power. In this volume, 17 poets, familiar and new, share stories you won't soon forget.
Silence Is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness (The Tenth Anniversary Edition)
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 23,990. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Handtype Press. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
In 2002, Raymond Luczak handed us his call to arms for deaf artists everywhere. Ten years later, he revisits the book that challenged assumptions about being a deaf artist. Has anything changed? Yes and no. His meditations on what makes art “art” and deafness “deaf” asks artists--whether deaf or not--to rethink their work and live differently. Observations made from the past decade are included.
This Way to the Acorns: Poems (The 10th Anniversary Edition)
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Handtype Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
As a boy growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Raymond Luczak delighted in the abandoned woods and fields known as “across the street.” He remembers encountering unexpected guests of the woods: a scraggly fox, a starving doe, an industrious chipmunk all enveloped against the backdrop of nature. This Way to the Acorns is a flinty-eyed ode to that overpowering sense of childhood wonder.
Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer: 20 Years Later
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,320. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2010 by Handtype Press. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Essays
Raymond Luczak revisits the essay that brought him national attention for the first time. Originally published as a cover story in CHRISTOPHER STREET magazine in December 1990, rereading the essay prompted him to compare his feelings against what he'd felt back then. His reactions may surprise you.


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