Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 15 books, including HOW TO KILL POETRY (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE (Squares & Rebels, 2012). He also is the editor of JONATHAN, a journal featuring gay men's fiction. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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VideosOn becoming a Deaf writer
Raymond Luczak began writing poetry at a young age, but he never saw writing as a way of changing the world until he saw deaf theater at Gallaudet University. He realized that his writing had the potential to wield a power of its own. (While the clip is "spoken" in ASL, it's subtitled in English for those who are signing-impaired.)
Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience
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.
Silence Is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness (The Tenth Anniversary Edition)
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)
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
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.