Handtype Press

Publisher info

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.

Where to find Handtype Press online


Where to buy in print


Publisher of



London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 50,650. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Getting lost is the best way to learn about Finsbury Park ... London was a very different place in the early 1980s. Ian Young regales us with colorful stories about Finsbury Park, a neighborhood and its fascinating habitués long gone—gay skinheads, anarchist poets, and stoned stamp collectors—resisting the dark forces of a Thatcherite government.
Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 52,410. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
From haunted Civil War battlefields to a severed ear discovered on a nightly run; from lab-grown dinosaurs to forest creatures that steal away children under the cover of night; from deadly bio-engineered fleas to a burning teenage desire for cybernetic amputations: Deaf and hard of hearing authors from around the world bring you this fun, though oftentimes disturbing, collection of short fiction.
It's Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 47,230. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017 by Handtype Press. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Physical impairments
With equal parts wit and empathy, lived experience and cultural criticism, Kelly Davio’s It’s Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability explores what it means to live with an illness in our contemporary culture, whether at home or abroad.
From Heart into Art: Interviews with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Artists and Their Allies
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 77,420. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2017 by Handtype Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists, Nonfiction » Social Science » People with Disabilities
For over a decade, Raymond Luczak, author of Silence Is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness, has been interviewing Deaf and hard of hearing artists and their allies about their creative and arts accessibility work. This volume features over 70 people sharing what it means to be an artist who happens to be different.
I Stole You: Stories from the Fae
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 27,560. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian
You might get stolen too. In these wide-ranging stories told from the perspectives of a Thai ghost, an Irish fairy trapped in a dog’s body, a crow fae, an Icelandic birch tree elf, a dream thief, and other shapeshifting creatures, Kristen Ringman examines whether these fae would love a human or kill them after a close look into their hearts.
At Danceteria and Other Stories
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 23,450. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2016 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian
In these immaculately crafted stories inspired by the 1980s, Philip Dean Walker spotlights a cast of celebrities and historical figures in situations unsettling as Day-Glo and poignant as roses while the specter of AIDS looms.
QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 98,880. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015 by Handtype Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Sex and health, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Politics and society
Featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics by 48 writers from around the world, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology proves that intersectionality isn’t just a buzzword. This book is for anyone who needs to rethink what it means to be LGBT and disabled.
Where I Stand: On the Signing Community and My DeafBlind Experience
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 39,320. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014 by Handtype Press. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » People with Disabilities
This collection of essays from one of the country’s leading voices on issues facing the signing community appears at a time of troubling trends and exciting new developments. Filled with startling observations and unapologetic assertions, Where I Stand challenges and broadens readers’ understanding of an important but often overlooked community.
Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,020. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014 by Handtype Press. Categories: 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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,830. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013 by Handtype Press. Categories: 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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 65,660. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Coming of age
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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,620. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Sociology
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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012 by Handtype Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Sociology
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)
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 23,990. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Handtype Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists, Essay » Literature
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)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Handtype Press. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,320. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2010 by Handtype Press. Categories: 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.


Handtype Press' tag cloud

1980s america    ableism    activism    actor    aids epidemic    american sign language    animals    art    art and artists    art and literature    art ciriticism    art galleries and museums    asl    asl gloss    asl interpreter    asl interpreters    audism    bisexual    bullying    celebrities    chicago    clayton valli    cochlear implant    cochlear implants    coming out    deaf    deaf characters    deaf culture    deaf history    deaf identity    deaf people    deaf protagonist    deaf queer    deaf school    deaf students    deafblind    deafness    disability    disability culture    disability equality    disabled    disabled queer    doctors    dog    essays    fae    faerie    family relationships    fantasy    fashion    feminism    filmmaker    films    gay    gay and lesbian    gay lesbian    gay men    gay relationships    glbt    gloss    hard of hearing    healthcare    horror    humor    illustrator    india    interpreter    interpreters    interviews    ireland    isl    italy    lesbian    lgbt    literary    literature    london 1980s    love    magical realism    midwest culture    music    new york city    nonfiction    oralism    oralist    painter    philatelist    photographer    poetry    poetry about childhood    poetry about nature    pop culture    pop music    queer    queer lit    queer literature    queer theory    relationship    scholar    science fiction    selchies    short stories    skinheads    speech therapists    speech therapy    thatcherism    transgender    translation    translations    washington dc    writer   

Smashwords book reviews by Handtype Press

  • The Wide Night Sky on Feb. 15, 2016

    Fantastic book. It's truly criminal that writers like Matt Dean get overlooked in this day and age.
  • The River in Winter on Feb. 15, 2016

    Wonderful book! And this was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award!!!