Poet Raymond Luczak will read from his work and answer questions.
Join us in welcoming poet and author Raymond Luczak, in honor of National Poetry Month and Deaf History Month. Little District Books will also be on hand to sell a selection of Raymond's work, including his newest book from Gallaudet University Press, Once Upon a Twin: Poems (2021).
Accessibility: The program will be shared in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation. For any other reasonable accommodations, please contact the Center for Accessibility at 202-727-2142 or DCPLaccess@dc.gov.
Raymond Luczak 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 eight months.
After high school graduation, Luczak went on to Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C., where he earned a B.A. in English, graduating magna cum laude. He learned American Sign Language (ASL) and became involved with the deaf community, and won numerous scholarships in recognition of his writing, including the Ritz-Paris Hemingway Scholarship. He took various writing courses at other schools in the area, which culminated in winning a place in the Jenny McKean Moore Fiction Workshop at the George Washington University.
In 1988, he moved to New York City. In short order, his play 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 magazine. Soon after Alyson Publications asked him to edit Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader, which, after its appearance in June 1993, eventually nabbed two Lambda Literary Award finalist nominations (Best Lesbian and Gay Anthology, and Best Small Press Book). He hasn't stopped since!
In 2005, he relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he continues to write, edit, and publish.
AGE GROUP: | Adults | 13 - 19 Years Old (Teens) |
EVENT TYPE: | Poetry Month | Center for Accessibility | Author Talk |
|Mon, May 22||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Tue, May 23||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Wed, May 24||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Thu, May 25||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Fri, May 26||9:30AM to 5:30PM|
|Sat, May 27||9:30AM to 5:30PM|
|Sun, May 28||1:00PM to 5:00PM|