Raymond Luczak (pronounced as written but with a silent “c”) is the author and editor of over ten books, including How to Kill Poetry and Road Work Ahead (both Sibling Rivalry Press), Men with Their Hands: A Novel (Queer Mojo) and Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life (RID Press). Luczak was born and raised in Ironwood, a small mining town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Number seven in a family of nine children, he lost much of his hearing due to double pneumonia at the age of seven months.
After high school graduation, Luczak went to Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC, where he earned a B.A. in English. He learned American Sign Language (ASL), became involved with the deaf community, and won numerous scholarships in recognition of his writing, and a seat in the Jenny McKean Moore Fiction Workshop at the George Washington University.
In 1988, he moved to New York City. His comedy Snooty won first place in the New York Deaf Theater’s 1990 Samuel Edwards Deaf Playwrights Competition, and his essay “Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer” won acceptance as a cover story for Christopher Street. Not long after Alyson Books asked him to edit Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader, which, after its appearance in June 1993, eventually won two Lambda Literary Award nominations. Fourteen years later he edited its sequel, Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader (Handtype Press).
His other books include St. Michael’s Fall: Poems (Deaf Life Press), This Way to the Acorns: Poems (The Tactile Mind Press), and Whispers of a Savage Sort and Other Plays about the Deaf American Experience (Gallaudet University Press). His novel Men with Their Hands (Queer Mojo) won a first-prize grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for Full-Length Fiction 2003. The book eventually won first place in the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest.
In 2005 he relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. His poetry soon won him an Artist Recognition Grant from the Jerome Foundation and VSA arts of Minnesota. Seventeen of Luczak’s stage plays have been performed in America, England, and Canada. A filmmaker, he has directed two full-length documentaries (Guy Wonder: Stories & Artwork and Nathie: No Hand-Me-Downs). His website is www.raymondluczak.com. Twitter: @deafwoof
Raymond has recorded the following videos in connection with his book, “Mute,”
“Hearing Your Voice for the First Time”
“Instructions for Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man”
The animated short, “Instructions for Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man,” is based on Raymond’s poem, “Mute.”
Wordgathering, a journal of disability poetry and literature, published an article on Raymond’s poem “Instructions for Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man” and the many forms in which it has appeared.