Raymond Luczak, ’88, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been selected as the fifth Deaf author to win the Dorothy Miles and Shanny Mow Literary Award of the Deaf Television Foundation. His award was announced on May 9 by Dr. Steve C. Baldwin, ’68, the Foundation’s president.  

Luczak’s literary works cover various genres, including plays, poetry, novels, films, and fiction. He has received numerous awards, scholarships, grants, fellowships, recognitions, and prizes over the last 35 years. His most recent book, Widower, 48, Seeks Husband: A Novel, was just released by Rattling Good Yarns Press. Gallaudet University Press will release his newest book of poetry, Far From Atlantis, this fall. For more information about Luczak’s work, visit

The annual Miles and Mow Literary Award honors the memory of two internationally known Deaf authors, writers, and playwrights: Dorothy Squires Miles, ’61 (1931-1993) of Wales and England, and Shanny Mow, ’61 (1938-2015) of California and New Mexico. The first winner was Kenneth W. Norton, ’50, for My Life with Audree: A Deaf Couple’s Sixty-Eight Years of Life, Love and Pursuing Dreams, in 2016. Other winners include: 
2019: Willy Conley 

2021: Dr. Deborah Blumenson, ’58 

2022: Dr. Cynthia Peters, ’72 & G-’77  

Their books represent six genres: autobiography, photography, poetry, Deaf theatre, Deaf literature, and artworks by Deaf artists. 

The public is invited to submit nominations for 2024. There are some stipulations: The book must have been published after 2020, and preferred genres are Deaf plays, literature, novels, memoirs, photography, poetry, and artwork. Send your nomination this December only to Dr. Baldwin at

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