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Raymond Luczak was raised in Ironwood, Michigan. He received a BA from Gallaudet University.

He is the author of several poetry collections, including How to Kill Poetry (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Road Work Ahead (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011), and St. Michael’s Fall (Deaf Life Press, 1995). The poet Stephen Kuusisto writes, “Raymond Luczak’s How to Kill Poetry offers a history of imagination, drawn delicately as scrimshaw, penned broadly as the biography of lyric. At once serious and playful, Luczak’s poems reveal the sustaining power of verse.”

Luczak has also written numerous works of prose, including a collection of interviews, From Heart into Art: Interviews with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Artists and Their Allies (Handtype Press, 2014); a novel, Men with Their Hands (Rebel Satori Press, 2009); and a collection of plays, Whispers of a Savage Sort and Other Plays about the Deaf American Experience (Gallaudet University Press, 2009). He has also edited several anthologies, including Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader (Alyson Books, 1993).

Luczak lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Bibliography

Poetry
How to Kill Poetry (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013)
Road Work Ahead (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011)
Mute (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010)
This Way to the Acorns (The Tactile Mind Press, 2002)
St. Michael’s Fall (Deaf Life Press, 1995)

Prose
From Heart into Art: Interviews with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Artists and Their Allies (Handtype Press, 2014)
Whispers of a Savage Sort and Other Plays about the Deaf American Experience (Gallaudet University Press, 2009)
Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life (RID Press, 2009)
Men with Their Hands (Rebel Satori Press, 2009)
Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer (Handtype Press, 2010)
Snooty: A Comedy (The Tactile Mind Press, 2003)
Silence Is a Four-Letter Word (The Tactile Mind Press, 2002)

Instructions to Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man

His eyebrows cast shadows everywhere.
You are a difficult language to speak.

His long beard is thick with distrust.
You are another curiosity seeker.

His hands are not cheap trinkets.
Entire lives have been wasted on you.

His face is an inscrutable promise.
You are nothing but paper and ink.

His body is more than a secret language.
Tourists are rarely fluent in it.

His eyes will flicker with a bright fire
when you purge your passport of sound.

Let your hands be your new passport,
for he will then stamp it with approval.

A deaf man is always a foreign country.
He remains forever a language to learn.

From Mute (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2010). Copyright © 2010 by Raymond Luczak. Used with the permission of the author.

From Mute (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2010). Copyright © 2010 by Raymond Luczak. Used with the permission of the author.

Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak is the author of several poetry collections, including How to Kill Poetry (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.