As well as feature our future readers, we also wanted to check in with folks who have read for us over the last 5 years. dave ring read for us in 2017 – read what he has been up to below!
What have you been up to since reading with us at Writers & Words? How has the writing been going?
I’ve been reasonably productive! I have both a novella and novel in revisions, and a handful of short stories either in the world or forthcoming. I’ve also launched a small press, Neon Hemlock, putting out zines, queer chapbooks and speculative fiction.
What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?
I’m in the middle of edits for Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die, an anthology of resiliency and post-apocalyptic stories. It’s coming out in August.
I’m also working on a short story with post-apocalyptic vampires set in Silver Spring. Think Jewelle Gomez meets Only Lovers Left Alive.
What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?
I tore through Docile by K.M. Szpara right when everything started. Now I’m reading Rosewater by Tade Thompson.
How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?
Cocooning, vulnerable, resilient.
What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?
Reach out and volunteer some of your time! It can be hard at first, but I volunteered with OutWrite one year and then the next I was accidentally the Chair.
Bonus question: What level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book, 2) the dog clears her throat too loudly, 3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.
I’m vegetarian, but I think I’m hovering right at hot dog fries right now.
dave ring is the chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has stories featured or forthcoming in a number of publications, including Fireside Fiction, GlitterShip, and A Punk Rock Future. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, as well as the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him at @slickhop.