A Quiet Foghorn

More Notes from a Deaf Gay Life

By Raymond Luczak

Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Paperback : 9781954622111, 176 pages, October 2022
Ebook : 9781954622128, 176 pages, October 2022
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A Deaf gay man offers powerful and deeply personal reflections in this essay collection.


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In this collection of essays, Raymond Luczak once again offers readers powerful and deeply personal reflections on his experiences as a Deaf gay man. He begins his journey with the printed word where lipreading is not required, and discovers a family of sorts through the writings of Walt Whitman and others; he ventures deeper into the queer community with thoughts on ageism, disability, and radical faeries. Luczak explores the many nuances within the Deaf community and the audist attitudes of hearing people, particularly in the media, and takes a detour into ASL gloss poetry. He speculates on what the Deaf community will look like a century from now and ends with a long bike ride that celebrates the ongoing questions of being a Deaf gay man.


Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of more than twenty books, including Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life; QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology; Flannelwood: A Novel; Compassion, Michigan: The Ironwood Stories; and once upon a twin: poems. He currently edits the literary journal Mollyhouse. An inaugural Zoeglossia Fellow, Luczak lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



"Renders an insightful and powerful message...My life has been enriched by reading this book."

— Sharon Brunner, UP Book Review

"Luczak issues a call to arms. He encourages all marginalized readers to move past second-class status, to speak up about needs, and to help create a world where inclusion is a matter of course...Along with its warrior spirit, Luczak's work is most memorable for celebrating life."

— Kathleen Champlin, Wordgathering

"All of these essays are packed with astute observation and keen insight, and deserve the widest readership possible."

— Keith John Glaeske, Out in Print

Advance Praise

“A must-read book that gives a poignant, sometimes funny, and always fascinating insight into the life of a Deaf gay man. With a clear voice, Raymond Luczak provides a deeply personal account of the joys, sorrows, and insights that come from his fascinating life experience.”

— Lennard J. Davis, author of "My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness"

“This exuberant, highly readable collection opens Luczak’s world—both his personal world and his broader worlds as a Deaf gay man, a writer, a creative, and a member of interlinked communities—and invites us to share in celebrating the beauty of his life. These essays speak to me of radical joy, which is a rare, transcendent, and sustaining quality that we as readers need now.”

— Kelly Davio, author of "It’s Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability"

“With A Quiet Foghorn, Raymond Luczak again provides us with the life-sustaining exploration of Deaf and queer life that has characterized all his work. This is a book about the importance of connecting with others, pushing through loneliness and fear to the joy that comes from discovering and sustaining community.”

— Robert McRuer, author of "Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability"