02 April 2012

A new clip of "Fireflies" ... in ASL (and subtitled in English)

Just a quick note.

I've created a new clip in which I share my memories of watching fireflies on late summer nights ... back when I was a deaf boy growing up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. While not voiced, the clip in ASL is subtitled in English, and it comes from my book THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS (Handtype Press).

The YouTube clip is right here!

Thanks for viewing! I'll be back before you know it!

May you have a glorious April!

20 March 2012

Two (TWO!!!) tenth-anniversary reissues ...


Obviously, I've been a tad busy in the last few months. (A huge understatement right there.)

When The Tactile Mind Press, the company that published my books This Way to the Acorns and Silence Is a Four-Letter Word ten years ago, went under in 2005, I was so disappointed. Those two titles went out of print at the same time. Things have changed so much in the world of publishing the last few years that Handtype Press has been able to bring out the tenth anniversary editions of both books.

First is This Way to the Acorns. Long before there was Mute, Road Work Ahead, and the forthcoming How to Kill Poetry, there was my second poetry collection, this time about growing up in the woods across the street from my mother's house. I've already posted the first of three video clips from this book: Check out "One Indian Summer" when you get a chance. ("Fireflies" and "The Caterpillar Queen" are forthcoming.) And the critic Michael Northen has given a wonderful and thoughtful review of the book too! You can learn more about the book at Handtype's site.

Second is Silence Is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness, which is quite different from its previous version. I'll be posting a trailer on YouTube soon. For now, check out the info page for the book!

Part of the reason why I've been so busy is the simple fact that SIGNews, the national newspaper for the Deaf and signing communities that I've been writing for the last nine years, is shutting down next month. I suddenly have a bit more time than I ever had before. (Yayyy.)

And now I'm helping John Lee Clark with his new anthology Deaf Lit Extravaganza! (See the previous post below for more information.)

Over the next few months I hope to finish one of my BIGGGGGGGGG projects. At least spring is here ... but I'm almost afraid to believe it is. It's never like this here in Minnesota in MARCH.

Hope all is well with you, my dahlinks!!!

A call for submissions: DEAF LIT EXTRAVAGANZA


Handtype Press is pleased to announce its plans to publish an anthology called Deaf Lit Extravaganza, which will showcase the best contemporary writing about the Deaf and signing community. John Lee Clark, who edited the groundbreaking collection Deaf American Poetry, is the editor.

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2012

Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays will be considered.

Translations of works in ASL or other written and sign languages are welcome. Send a query first if you have an signed piece that doesn't yet have a translation.

Deaf writers are encouraged to submit, as well as hearing writers who have strong ties to the community. International contributors are very welcome.

Both previously published and unpublished pieces are accepted.

Submissions must be single-spaced.

Chosen contributors will receive one free hard copy and one free eBook download.

Be aware that space in the book is limited; not all worthy pieces will be selected.

E-mail submissions by attachment in the Word .doc format (preferred) or .rtf/.txt. No PDFs will be accepted.

Send to: jlc@johnleeclark.com

For more information, please go to http://www.handtype.com/submissions

23 January 2012

A new book imprint?!? Oh, gee!

I've been so busy with my projects that I hadn't realized how much time had passed me by! In 2011 I finished two novels, so I'm now awaiting word on both of them. To help make my waiting a tad easier, I've decided to create a new LGBT imprint under Handtype Press's aegis: Squares & Rebels. (Go there to learn more about S&R.) And to start things off with a nice kick, I've decided to edit a poetry anthology featuring 20 gay poets from the Upper Midwest. Our call for submissions is below.

A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Lesbian and Gay Poetry Anthologies

What does it mean to be lesbian or gay and living in the Upper Midwest (MI, MN, ND, SD, or WI)?

If you’re a LGBT poet in the Upper Midwest, we want to hear from you!

Squares & Rebels, a brand-new LGBT imprint of Handtype Press, plans to bring out two poetry anthologies in the fall of 2012. Our goal is to help foster a sense of community among LGBT writers here in the Upper Midwest as well as showcase their work to the rest of the country. Each anthology will feature only 20 writers with approximately four to five poems each.


Some of your work should address the question of what it’s like to be lesbian or gay in the Upper Midwest.

Send us 5 to 7 unpublished original poems as a Word file (either .rtf or .doc, but not .docx). No simultaneous submissions or reprints, please. No print submissions.

In your email, state the city and state where you reside; a short bio would be helpful. If you’d like to have your personal web site listed on www.squaresandrebels.com, please include it!

Lesbians should submit their work to the editor Kate Lynn Hibbard: hibbarka@gmail.com

Gay men should submit their work to the editor Raymond Luczak: squaresandrebels@gmail.com

Those who get their work accepted in either anthology will be compensated with a copy of the anthology in which they appear.

DEADLINE: Friday, May 18, 2012.


Kate Lynn Hibbard's first book of poems, SLEEPING UPSIDE DOWN (Silverfish Review Press 2006), won the Gerald Cable Book Award. A second book, SWEET WEIGHT, is forthcoming from Tiger Bark Press in 2012. A recipient of awards from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Astrea Foundation, she teaches writing and women's studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Raymond Luczak is the editor and author of 14 books including ROAD WORK AHEAD (Sibling Rivalry Press 2011), MUTE (A Midsummer Night’s Press 2010), and THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS: POEMS (THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (Handtype Press 2012). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His web site is www.raymondluczak.com.


Squares & Rebels is the new LGBT imprint under the aegis of Handtype Press. We are primarily interested in LGBT poets and writers who live in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information, please check out www.squaresandrebels.com.